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Apocalipsis

por Stephen King

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For use in schools and libraries only. A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors who, in a desert world, experience dreams of good and evil in confrontation and, through their choices, move toward an actual confrontation.
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    jseger9000: Another post apocalyptic horror novel that is often compared to this one.
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    Apocalipsis por Stephen King (Cecrow)
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: An ensemble cast of flu survivors journey across the U.S. and through the remains of civilization to fulfill their fated roles in these novels. The Stand is more graphic and action-packed, with a clear theme of good vs. evil.
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    Los niños de Armagedón por Terry Brooks (lquilter)
    lquilter: Terry Brooks' Armageddon's Children is basically a YA post-apocalyptic gathering of the forces, much like Stephen King's adult-fiction version, The Stand. Brooks' AC is more high-fantasy good-versus-evil, and King's is more Christian eschatology, but both involve dark forces working towards a final show-down, in a post-apocalyptic world.… (más)
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    cmwilson101: Epic, apocalyptic tale of survival with supernatural elements of good v evil
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It's almost a cliche for me to give an early King book a 5-star rating, but having come back to this book for the first time in about 25 years--and this, the original, intitially published, edited down edition (the superior one, in my opinion) for the first time in 38 years--I have to say I initially approached it with something like dread.

It's a long bloody book, and, to be honest, I'd forgotten much of it. But my initial thoughts were, it's gonna take me quite a while to wade through this. What if it doesn't grab like it did when I was sixteen?. I shouldn't have worried.

Not only did I enjoy it just as much as the first time, I think I likely enjoyed it even more. I know a hell of a lot more about music, and caught so many more of the musical references (I think the only one I remember back at the time was one King spelled out - The Eagles' Peaceful Easy Feeling. And I may not have even heard of Lovecraft back then, so all those references went right over my head, as well as most of the literary ones.

And, of course, now, 38 years after this book was published, the world has moved on. Back then, all the references were timely. Texas Instruments calculators. Boston and Chicago as thriving, relevant rock bands. Albums. Now, the fact that most of that stuff has passed on adds to the devastation for me, because I've lost it all, too.

But more than that, I'm a parent now. I'm an adult. I've experienced loss that the sixteen-year-old me had yet to experience. So much of the heart-wrenching passages both at the beginning and at the end hit home a lot harder for me.

There was also the surprising inclusion of Stephen King's father in a short, blink-and-you'd-miss-it passage about a traveling vacuum cleaning salesman named Donald King. And what's even more interesting, though it was a flashback, this book sets the disaster two years ahead, in 1980. The year the elder King died.

But what of the story itself? Does it still hold up? God, yes. I still bought in to the entire story, start to finish, character by character. And it was really the characters that made this book. Stu Redman's implacability, Fran Goldsmith's strength as well as her crying jags, Larry Underwood's tragic nobility, M-O-O-N, that spells Tom Cullen...all the others. But mostly, Harold Lauder who, when we first meet him, seems to be an avatar of the young Stephen King himself, and he almost plays him as if he was the King that made all the incorrect choices, instead of the correct ones. And, of course, Randall Flagg, who we meet early on, and then he virtually disappears for the middle half of the story, only to come roaring back in at the end. The passages used to describe him were absolute poetry.

So, though I remembered being that sixteen-year-old wide-eyed kid sitting in Mr. Corrigan's Grade 11 homeroom class, having just been lent the book by my best friend at the time and reading about the infected family in the car as they crashed through the pumps, and dreading having to go through that entire story again, I come out the other side a fifty-three-year-old man who just enjoyed a hell of a ride thanks to Stephen King and Captain Trips. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Read on Kindle and finished via Audiobook I believe

There's too much to say here but I read the expanded edition and it was extremely interesting - I cant see at this point what I would remove to shorten the book - almost every character and chapter seemed important.

Very much enjoyed this book - the characters were real and the story was beyond captivating. It is very long - it almost seems like the first half of the book is an entirely different book once you get near the ending.

I did have a question about the end where the giant ball of energy comes down and touches the nuke - I'm not quite sure how Flagg (or the man in black) (or the walkin' dude) lost control of it like that. I did not think I would see Stu Redman again that's for sure.

Again great book, I look forward to reading it again soon. ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
I'd been warned by others that "The Stand" is a lot of book for not very much payoff, but I felt that that the ending wasn't as much of a let-down as I'd been led to believe. Certainly the antagonist of the story was rather one-dimensional and we never got to explore his background as much as some of the other characters, and the eventual culmination of the conflict between the "good" and the "bad" fell a bit short. It's definitely not a feel-good story, and was downright depressing at times, but I'm glad I wasn't dissuaded from giving it a read. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
This is the expanded edition. It would get 5 stars from me, but I think perhaps the expansion lets the story drift just a bit with too much background. Excellent story, classic good vs evil mixed with a virus outbreak causing a post apocalyptic world. Well told and compelling. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Marvelous storytelling

1326 pages of pure character development. The Stand is ambitious, it is heartbreaking, it is exciting, it is flat out terrifying at times. It's been a while since I got this invested in a story as I did for this one. It is not without flaws, but the things it did right outweigh the bad.

Pros:
Characters, characters, characters. Not only does The Stand feature a huge number of characters, each one is exquisitely crafted. Every one, from Stu Redman to Larry Underwood, from Nick Andros to Lloyd Henreid is given a life, a personality and a believable journey that takes them from regular run of the mill people to the heroes and villains of one of Stephen King's most acclaimed epics.

Plot and pacing:
The Stand is HUUUUGE. And for a book this long you would expect many slow moments, and while there definitely are some dull moments the story is constantly moving to a satisfying degree. The novel is divided into three clearly distinct parts, giving a satisfying feel of progression and closure. The last section of the book flies by.

Emotional moments:
Due to the deep character work done all of the truly important moments hit. Even beginning with the deaths due to the superflu. Even those characters that you know will die, like Frannie's parents and Larry's mom, do manage to make a profound impact on the reader. The latter moments can be a bit unexpected and in some cases pretty devastating.

Randall Flagg:
Here's a villain that not only is utterly terrifying, but that at times also feels human, even when he clearly seems to be anything but. The connection with the larger King mythos also helps, but even without knowledge of his involvement in other Stephen King stories, Randall Flagg does evoke a sense of dread few other villains get to accomplish.

Cons:
The soft magic "system" , or perhaps the lack of a system. Now, I know that The Dark Tower established an interconnected magic system throughout most of King's works and The Stand does make allusions to the concepts of ka and the shinning, but as a self contained story the magic is a bit too obscure. This works just fine for the villain, but the conclusion is a bit confusing as that last scene in Vegas doesn't seem to have an explanation within the context of the story.

Ultimately the con is so small and the pro's so many and so well deserved that I cannot but give thos book a 5 star rating. ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
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King, Stephenautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Christensen, HarroTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
Gardner, GroverNarradorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Outside the street's on fire In a real death waltz Between what's flesh and what's fantasy And the poets down here Don't write nothing at all They just stand back and let it all be And in the quick of the night They reach for their moment And try to make an honest stand... -- Bruce Springsteen
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Please do not combine The Stand (1978) with The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition (1990). The latter edition contains over 300 pages of new material and includes subplots and characters not included in the 1978 edition.

ISBNs associated with the original version of The Stand include (0385121687, 0450045528, 0450054802, 0451090136, 0451098285, 0451121597, 0451127897, 0451139712, 0451150678, 451160959, 2277223263, 3785704267, 9020409611, and 9158215735)
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