First things first, The Stand is fairly good if not a little bit too long.
Now we've got my general opinion out of the way I'll continue, I'll bullet point this review to make it easier to read:
- The characters are all original and believable, they are one of the strongest points of the book, so bravo to SK for this achievement.
- The story despite being very similar to the bible is an enjoyable one, if not a bit predictable in places.
- The ending (epilogue) has a very nice twist and ends on a cliffhanger of some sort if anything, for those intelligent enough to understand it (not hard). Probably the best epilogue to book I've read and I couldn't help but grin after reading it.
- There is a good balance of themes in the book: Love, evil, death, friendship just to name about half.
- King tends to drone quite a lot, you will know what I mean if you read it. He will often go off on a limb about another character's past or experiences which have really nothing to do with the story, or very little at most.
- The book is quite drawn out and a little too long. It is 1325 pages long and could've been wrapped up in about 1000 pages in my opinion.
- I agree with a previous reviewer about the ending (apart from the epilogue) being a bit of an anti-climax, I can't help but feel he rushed it a little, once again, if you read this you may know what i mean.
- The begining takes maybe a little too long to get going, only a minor point though.
Overall, The Stand is a good book and for the most part, well written. An equal number of good and bad points earn it a decent 3 star rating, I would give it 3 and a half if it were possible. The 3rd King novel I have read after The Dead Zone and Misery which were both rather dull and quite boring, I would recommend this book simply because, when you look back on the story, you remember how good it actually is, despite several mishaps.