Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Reason Why...


Much has been said about me completing the BBC Top 100 reads, especially when I spend a large chunk of my time complaining how tiresome it gets to try and complete a novel you don't really like or enjoy. However it is worth trawling through the rubbish to catch the occasional gem that otherwise I would not have even considered. The Stand by Stephen King was one such book. It weighs in at a hefty 1325 pages and took me forever to get started, but once I did I was hooked. Its a tale of how a government experiment of creating a virus is accidentally released into the outside world with devastating consequences. More sci-fi than horror, although the many characters at the outset of the novel are a little confusing, the storyline soon calms down to reflect a select few that have to use every skill they've ever learnt to survive. If you read one book this summer than read this one.

6 comments:

Caroline said...

Now that sounds like a good book, perhaps one for my holidays this year.

Things to Do said...

I've always figured I'd be too scared to read Stephen King books (I'm kind of a wimp) and then I got two books to read on my list! Was it scary at all?

Janette Jones said...

Caroline - it's a little gruesome to begin with, but push past this and it's very much like the tv show 'survivors'
Things to do - I've only ever read Carrie before this and that scared me to death, this is def more sci fi than horror

Getty72 said...

I love this book!!!! It kept me awake many a night as I read through it a few years ago. So glad that you are back on the trail of completing the challenges!!!!

Janette Jones said...

Me too - I guess your list has given me the kick I needed to get motivated again!

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