The Stand | Can’t Wait Wednesday #7

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, created to discuss books that book bloggers haven’t read yet and they’re usually books yet to be released. I ran across it when looking for new content ideas for The Book Blog Life, and it looked like so much fun. BUT I’m going to break the rules a little, it’s rare for me to be looking forward to book releases, PURELY because I’m so busy with everything else going on I don’t have the time to keep a track of sequels, and so forth. So I think I’m going to do books that are sat on my shelf for a little while and I can’t wait to read them so this week it will be The Stand!

The Stand | Can’t Wait Wednesday #7The Stand by Stephen King
Genres: Horror
Published by Hodder

First came the days of the plague...After the days of the plague came the dreams.

Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil.

His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms...

When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence.

My mum LOVES Stephen King, her bookshelves are bending under the weight of all of his books, and they’re all hardbacks because she buys them as soon as they come out. Well that’s quite an influence to grow up under, and I have broached into Stephen King in the past, I have read It, Salem’s Lot, Cell and Under the Dome. The one thing that puts me off and I’m sure I’ve mentioned this somewhere, but his endings make me ridiculously angry so I only pick up one of his works if I’m REALLY in the mood for being disappointed (surprisingly not very often). So I have never picked up The Stand, not really a surprise, but it’s supposed to be one of the best, therefore I should give it a go right?

I’m going to have to set aside some serious time to read this monstrosity, and I’m already behind on my Goodreads Challenge so it might have to wait for next year, but I cannot wait to see if it’s worth all the hype!

Have you read The Stand? Is it worth the time or am I better off setting my sights somewhere else?

8 Comments

  1. Rachel

    1st August 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I’ll be really honest, I haven’t read any Stephen King book yet, but this one looks like a good place to start. Thank you for sharing 😀

  2. Susie | Novel Visits

    1st August 2018 at 4:19 pm

    I read it many, many years ago, but loved The Stand. As I recall, there are a lot of characters and at first i had to keep some notes so as not to confuse them. Give it a try!

  3. Kay

    1st August 2018 at 7:47 pm

    OK, it is worth the time. This is one of my favorite books ever, ever. I read it when it first came out and I was in college at that time. Haven’t reread it in a long time and want to in the next few months. Hope you’ll try it. It’s a good one for sure!

    1. Jordann @thebookbloglife

      4th August 2018 at 5:33 pm

      Oh brilliant. I’ll definitely be checking it out – just have to make sure I have the time and patience for it, haha!

      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Barb Briggs (@boxermommyreads)

    1st August 2018 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve not read this one but I’ve read over 50 others by him. I admit his endings sometimes drive me nuts – especially Under the Dome. I just read The Outsider, his new one, in July and I have to admit, it was pretty awesome. Consider picking it up maybe 🙂

    1. Jordann @thebookbloglife

      4th August 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Oh my, I’m so glad you said that about Under the Dome, that book drove me up the wall with the ending! I couldn’t believe it! I will definitely have to check that out! Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. writergirlm

    3rd August 2018 at 12:49 am

    I’ve heard so many rave reviews for this book, and I did start reading it BUT put it down because I got busy and the sheer size overwhelmed me. It’s actually only my second King novel (after 11/22/63) and I have to admit the length and the way the story slows down in places really makes me hesitant about picking it up again. But I do want to finish out the story, and I’m a quarter of the way through, so I might resume it as my end of summer read and see how I like it. I hear so much hype for King but I’m such a newbie I don’t really have a formed opinion yet, so I suppose I’d better get cracking. 😉

    1. Jordann @thebookbloglife

      4th August 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Yeah my Mum LOVES King, but I always find his endings are lacklustre. The size of The Stand puts me off, especially if the ending is going to be rushed and awful. I would suggest Cell is a good one to read and so is Salem’s Lot.

      Thank you for the comment!

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