Monday, April 12, 2010

The Stand Read-A-Long: Check-In #1

It's time to check-in on our read-a-long of The Stand by Stephen King.  I have listed a few questions for you below.  Please feel free to answer any and all of them.  I have just included my answers here this time.


What page/chapter are you currently on?

I am currently on page 33 of 1153 pages OR Chapter 5!  Not very far yet, but I hope to make much more progress this week!

What are your thoughts so far?

I have been drawn in right away once again with this story.  I love the "real" feel to the characters, their good side and their flaws.  At first, I was a bit bothered by one particular piece of language, but it truly proves the character that uses it, so I was more willing to tolerate it at least for the sake of developing the character more to his "potential."

The flu portrayed is very scary, particularly because I work with college students on a daily basis . . . a population that recently had an outbreak of swine flu this last fall!!!  King has a way of taking on this everyday event, something we experience every year, and exploring the dark side.  It's this realism, not the gory details, that effects me the most!  It makes me think . . . "What if . . ."

Which character draws you in the most?

Even during my first read, I was drawn to Stu Redman . . . maybe it is his sad story, maybe it is strength (despite the tragedy), maybe it is something different altogether.  I really don't know!  Maybe when I read a little further I will be able to pinpoint it a bit more.  I'm really not that far yet!!  


There is still time to join us in reading The Stand!  If you would like to, sign in here!


  1. My responses :)

  2. I actually read and reviewed this book almost a year ago, at the request of a struggling student I was teaching at the time. I'd never read anything by Stephen King, and have to say that this book had me captivated, and so glad I tried something new. I hope you have fun reading it!

    Here's my review if you're curious...

  3. Infinitracy . . . Thanks for participating!! I just stopped by your blog!

    mjmbecky . . . I am definitely going to check out your review! This is a re-read for me, but it has been a very long time! King is one of my favorite authors, so if you want another recommendation (especially if you haven't read anything else!), just let me know!


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