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March 18, 2005

The Stand by King, Stephen

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In my lifetime of reading I've always steered clear of Stephen King, the master of horror, gore, and million dollar contracts. But I'm beginning to see that he has some skills, and I decided to read something by King.

I chose The Stand, mainly because the post-apocalyptic living plot (a super disease wipes out 99 percent of the population) intrigued me and seemed less prone to horror and gore (unfortunately it was also in the range of 800 pages). Overall, it was a thrilling read, scary in places and insightful in others. The spiritual depth came across as more realistic than most purposely Christian fiction. I'm not ready to dig into The Shining or Carrie yet, but I do have a new respect for Stephen King.

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