The Stand

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Postby Florida on Thu May 22, 2008 9:12 am

I'm reading The Stand right now.
The part with trashcan man and The Kid wigged me out.
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Postby demorganakamark on Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:21 pm

ITs now going to be a comic book.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Florida on Thu Jun 19, 2008 1:22 pm

I finished "The Stand" for the first time about two weeks ago. I watched the mini series on sci-fi for the first time this weekend.
What was up with Rita and Nadine and Lucy getting their story lines all confused?
Paw King had quite a few scenes in this one. I didn't realize he was such an actor! He WAS pretty goofy, though. Watching Stephen King do stuff like that embarasses me in the same way as if it were my own parent. Funny how that works.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Mercy on Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:05 pm

Florida, I hear you on the mixing of the three characters, I always figured it had to do with time constraints, You hardly get to know Rita before she's out of the picture in the book, so they probably didn't want to a. hire someone to play such a short lived character, or b. involove such a short lived character (I think that's the right character, it's been a while since I read the book, so forgive me if I've confused the names). I always got a kick out of seeing King in his movies. I also saw him in "Fever Pitch". I thought it was cool seeing him throw an opening ball.
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Re: The Stand

Postby marymary on Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:53 pm

Loved both versions - my only problem with the extended version is that the book was so heavy. I was pregnant when I read it and it was the first time I couldn't get physically comfortable while reading a book because it was too big. Still read it though - it got me through several days of bed rest.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Florida on Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:26 pm

I read a lot of King while I was pregnant and couldn't move all that far away from the bathroom. I sometimes wonder what that may have done to the developing brain of my son...lol But then I remember that my Mom read Carrie while she was pregnant with me. Wait..I'm a complete freak...my poor kid!
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Re: The Stand

Postby Allen on Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:57 pm

I noticed The Stand first story arc is coming to comic book form. Final order day from Marvel Previews 7/24/08. On sale date 8/20/08. 5 issues in first story arc.
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Re: The Stand

Postby leandro-damasceno on Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:54 pm

I finished tha absolut awful portuguese translation of THE STAND last week. Part of me wants to say that I have yet to read the real book, the original, in english, because the translation is a piece of shit, if you excuse my french.

But a bigger part of me is so glad to have read this book! Which is a big compliment to the strength of the novel, that even with a lousy translation it remains a powerful reading, a great joy and a totally amazing experience.

THE STAND is one of those books that even before the ending I know I'll read again. I've rarely had such a great time reading a book for the simple pleasure of the reading it self. So much so that towards the end, when I got to book III, after the bomb in Nick Andros's closet, I started to procrastinate. The book stood for a feel days on the chair beside my bed, untouched. I knew it was ending and I knew I would finish it if I started to read again. Eventualy I did start again and I moved through it's pages slower then that little group was moving towards Las Vegas. After a while, I suck it up and went the final mile in one single breath.

And I gotta say, mostly because the slower I got, the more translation mistakes I noticed.

I don't think I have the english skills to write a proper review, but know that I love it. It went beyond my expectations (that were pretty high already) and made me think again about the power of the power of the novel and the power of writing.
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Re: The Stand

Postby roguejafo on Sat Sep 20, 2008 9:09 pm

Hello all; I'm back again! I've checked in from time to time over the last couple months, posted once or twice, but just can't seem to find the time to take part regularly. Sorry. It's frustrating... this is a great community, and I've missed it. But hey, that's life. :wink:

Anyway, I was reading this thread and remembered an experience I had reading The Stand; just had to share it:

It was around 1990 or so, I was in the military, and my unit was preparing to deploy to the Mediterranean, and so we got a lot of shots. I mean a lot of shots. Well one of the shots we got was for Plague. (Yes, the black death; apparently it's still a threat somewhere or other.) Now, you may have heard that sometimes you can catch a disease from a vaccine. Of course it's very rare and it'd be a cheesy watered-down version of the illness and all that, but still, a cheesy watered-down version of Plague would still be pretty f-ing bad.

Ok maybe I've overreacted, but I'm convinced I caught plague from the vaccine. Interestingly, my roommate at the time subscribed to the Smithsonian magazine, and that week just happened to receive an issue devoted to, you guessed it, plague. I read some of it, and I had all of the symptoms except black patches on the throat. I was as sick as I've ever been; pretty miserable.

I had also just begun reading The Stand, for the first time, the extended edition. It was a very surreal experience reading about this unbeatable superflu destroying the world, all these great descriptions of snot and phlegm and misery, whilst lying in bed semi-conscious and experiencing all of these, and wondering if I'm dying from plague.

Needless to say, I'm still here; the symptoms persisted awhile, but they went away long before I finished that great book.

Y'know, it's been awhile; now I'm kinda itchin' to read it again... itchin' burnin' coughin' runny nose fever watery eyes aching

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Re: The Stand

Postby Kiuku on Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:37 am

That was great.
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Re: The Stand

Postby LauraK on Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:42 am

Wow Rogue, that had to have been a surreal experience. I'm glad you've recovered. Could've been plague but a less severe one since you had the vaccination.

This is off-topic but have any of you seen The Misadventures of FlapJack? It's a cartoon about this kid who hangs out with this sea captain, Cap'n Knuckles, and they live in a whale, Bubby, who is like FlapJack's Mom. It's a very surreal show, def for adults as well as kids.

Anyway......I am going somewhere with this, lol!.......in my favorite episode, FlapJack gets a pet rat who's covered in black-plague infested fleas and anyone who messes w/ FlapJack, the rat flings his fleas onto. So all these people wind up with the plague and they have to go to Plague Island. Lol. It is a very weird, oddly drawn cartoon with a dark bent and I LOVE it.
Check it out.

Sorry to get off-topic....

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Re: The Stand

Postby roguejafo on Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:08 pm

That sounds pretty cool, LK. Guess I'll add it to the list of pending investigations... sigh... so little time... :|
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Re: The Stand

Postby Kiuku on Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:13 pm

There are some people who are naturally immune to plague, which should have been interesting during the Black Death.
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Re: The Stand

Postby Kiuku on Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:48 am

You know I don't really understand why we get so many vaccinations, especially unreasonable things like Anthrax. What was there an outbreak of plague at the time? I think I remember hearing about some kind of plague resurface.

I almost got a complete vaccine waiver but then I wouldn't be deployable. I am grateful that I am getting out, and will be narrowly escaping the Anthrax series, which I've heard so many bad things about.

I've also managed to escape 2 annual flu vaccines. But I suppose none of this makes up for the multitude of re-vaccination shots they gave us all in training.

I might likely have antibodies to every single pathogen known to man by now, even Malaria from Belize, which is actually a parasite I think. Then there was rabies. I actually got one of the first rabies vaccines after they ditched the through-the-stomach variety. It probably had a decent amount of squalene in it, since I guess it was the new and improved easier delivery method.

Thank god I only got one.

Of course my dad actually bullied the hospital into starting me on the rabies vaccine, after my poor angry rabbit mysteriously died. In addition to having rabies specialists across the country on the phone, in the middle of the night, he chopped its head off and drove it, on ice, into New York City, to some PhD who agreed to test it in his lab.

Yea..
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Re: The Stand

Postby roguejafo on Mon Oct 06, 2008 7:51 pm

Kiuku wrote:You know I don't really understand why we get so many vaccinations, especially unreasonable things like Anthrax. What was there an outbreak of plague at the time? I think I remember hearing about some kind of plague resurface....

I might likely have antibodies to every single pathogen known to man by now, even Malaria from Belize, which is actually a parasite I think. Then there was rabies....

Of course my dad actually bullied the hospital into starting me on the rabies vaccine, after my poor angry rabbit mysteriously died. In addition to having rabies specialists across the country on the phone, in the middle of the night, he chopped its head off and drove it, on ice, into New York City, to some PhD who agreed to test it in his lab.


I don't remember hearing about plague coming back; maybe they just had this stockpile sitting around fixin to expire.....
I can't recall even half of what they shot us up with; I remember scarlet and yellow fevers & typhoid, flu of course, (that hurt for days) and we did take pills to prevent malaria, since we were involved in some stuff in Liberia, and I guess it's rather rampant over there.

As for antibodies, I don't think I was sick for a few years after I got out, other than the common cold, and, well, hangovers.

And, poor rabbit, did it indeed have rabies? We raised a lot of rabbits when I was a kid; then my dad's union went on strike and we had to slaughter them all for food. He always said one sharp rap to the back of the head was all it took, but that turned out not to be the case. I remember, maybe 8 or 9 years old, watching in horror as he grabbed up the knife and started goin' all Norman Bates on the thing. After that we shot them.

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