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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 3:35 am    Post subject: The Stand Reply with quote

Just finished Dark Tower III - The Wastelands and I feel like taking a bit of a break from the Dark Tower series, but not from Stephen, I decided to go for The Stand

Haven't read it, read every other Stephen King work except for Stand and Dark Tower, series so I figure, now is the time to get through it, cheers.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of fans consider it King's finest work. I would certainly put it in the top three. Lots of joy - lots of tragedy. King takes no prisoners in this one.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe you find that Larry Underwood is a great character...at least he is the most dynamic. Great changes....he is also the character your Gunslinger most identifes with in ANY King novel.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try to find the updated version which is longer.

Definitely one of his best books with some great characters - among them Nick Andros and Tom Cullen; m - o - o - n: that spells moon, yes sir!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick Andros is probably my favorite character in The Stand.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M-O-O-N spells drainage easement
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom, your post did a fly-by on me. Please explain to a fellow Trek fan who is apparently suffering from a glitch in his comprehension circuits today. Question Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tom, your post did a fly-by on me. Please explain to a fellow Trek fan who is apparently suffering from a glitch in his comprehension circuits today. Question Shocked

Since I didn't actually read the Stand but cheated by watching and then buying the television mini series, there may be a few differences in content between the two versions. The Stand mini series features a man who is mentally challenged (Tom Cullen I think) and says on more than one occasion "M-O-O-N. that spells *insert a word that is far more complex than moon and is spelled completely differently*" My wife and I sometimes joke about that when we are feeling a bit silly. "M-O-O-N that spells laundry detergent".
That is the source for my comment so if the book doesn't have a character like that just ignore me. Very Happy

p.s. I'm in the Land Surveying business and since I often work on survey's that feature easements of one kind or another the term "drainage easement" is never far from my mind, or my eyes as it were, thus that polysyllabic phrase in the place of “moon”.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Cullen actually plays a large role in both the mini-series and the novel, and yes, in both versions the letters of the word moon, which is the only word he can spell, are used to spell all words.

It was drainage easement that threw me. I was looking for something about moon and drainage easement - perhaps the slang term "mooning" someone, and the images I was getting in my fevered imagination don't bear repeating.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It was drainage easement that threw me. I was looking for something about moon and drainage easement - perhaps the slang term "mooning" someone, and the images I was getting in my fevered imagination don't bear repeating.

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I don't know how I have worked in this business for 17 years and it never occured to me about the similarities between the human digestive system and the word drainage easement. I'm STILL LAUGHING! I cant wait to tell dANdeLION about that tomorrow morning. Well done!!!! Hysterical
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It was drainage easement that threw me. I was looking for something about moon and drainage easement - perhaps the slang term "mooning" someone, and the images I was getting in my fevered imagination don't bear repeating.

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I don't know how I have worked in this business for 17 years and it never occured to me about the similarities between the human digestive system and the word drainage easement. I'm STILL LAUGHING! I cant wait to tell dANdeLION about that tomorrow morning. Well done!!!! Hysterical



A surveyor, eh? I am in the land/access management & bike/ped planning issues up in WI. Heh.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So there I was, between spy novels, looking for something to read....I have a library in my house; a 12-foot section of wall in my office that is nothing but bookshelves, and I sat there.

And I pondered.

And I thought about what it was that I wanted to read.

And The Beast was staring me in the face.

I haven't read it since the Expanded Version came out in the early '90s

So I picked it up.....

Holy sh*t, I forgot just how good this bood is. I'm about 100 pages deep in it, and my Lord it's good.

Two words....Magnum Opus. Even moreso than the DT saga I think.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So there I was, between spy novels, looking for something to read....I have a library in my house; a 12-foot section of wall in my office that is nothing but bookshelves, and I sat there.

And I pondered.

And I thought about what it was that I wanted to read.

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I haven't read it since the Expanded Version came out in the early '90s

So I picked it up.....

Holy sh*t, I forgot just how good this bood is. I'm about 100 pages deep in it, and my Lord it's good.

Two words....Magnum Opus. Even moreso than the DT saga I think.


i absolutely agree. my favorite, no doubt about it. Applaud
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

with Salem's Lot my favorite. the Judge is my favorite character. and what happens, oh my. tears in my eyes while reading it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmmmm. my favorite Stand character? pft.


Larry "Baby Can You Dig Your Man" Underwood, of course. Cool



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great song btw. are there complete lyrics?
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered why you were referencing The Stand n your sig LuciMay. Very Happy

Definitley one of my favourite King novels, especially the unabridged edition.

Unlike some others, I've never been opposed to some strictly unnecessary verbiage. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nahh, I'm a Stu Redman man myself.

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that the guy who played Stu in the movie/mini-series/whatever?

Not the way I pictured him at all.

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me either.

I first read the book in the late '70s, so I picture everyone with late '70s hair and late '70s clothes. Larry Underwood in paticular was jarring in the miniseries. I'd pictured him as rail-thin with a white-man's afro and a scraggly beard.

I pictured everyone in their mid-late 30s too.
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