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Discussion in 'The Stand' started by mstay, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Stu Redman is one of my all time book heroes, because he's not just noble--he's human, trying to do the best he can. He's not one to ever court power, so he's exactly the guy you want in charge. *sigh* I think I have a bit of a crush...
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  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Yup. IMHO, the original is a stronger book for his excision. He's not exactly boring, but when you can remove a whole character and make absolutely no difference to the story, it didn't need to be there.
  3. mstay

    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

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  4. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Sigh...ok here's my problem with The Stand. Maybe someone can help me understand why I am having trouble with this. This is the 3rd time in my life that I have read it. And I have enjoyed it a lot overall every time, it's a very good book. There is so much I like about it. But...... For the first half of the book when the disease hits and wipes everyone out and the survivors are escaping their respective cities and towns, I am utterly enthralled. I eat up every word of it like it's nothing and have a fantastic time with it.

    Then I get to the 2nd half of the book, and I find myself having to work hard to get through it. I just lose so much interest in the story once they get to the farm and then start heading West and I can't figure out why. It just doesn't seem to have the same intensity to it. Each time i have pushed myself and made it through but it isn't easy for me. I hate that this happens because I want to love it all the way through. I can't figure out why it doesn't hold my interest like the first half.
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  5. mstay

    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

    I don't know Sunlight Gardener . May be you just like the survival story better. The 2nd half is more of a society and how it works kind of story. I guess by the time I get to that part I just loved the characters so much that I wanted t know what was going to happen to them next.
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  6. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Yeah you are probably right. I can't say any of the characters grabbed me in particular, at least not like in many of SK's other stories. I didn't feel a particular kinship with any of them in particular. Not sure why.
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  7. oldordie

    oldordie Member

    The Stand is the first Stephen King book I read. I was hooked from then on.
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