My friend Trish over at Love, Laughter and Insanity has decided she wants to read Stephen King’s The Stand and is hosting a Readalong that she is calling The Standalong. I too have never read what is considered Stephen King’s greatest work and I count myself as a King fan. I’ve read a good chunk of his work including; Firestarter, Misery, Dead Zone, The Cell, The Long Walk, The Gunslinger and Eyes of the Dragon as well as Skeleton Crew, Night Shift and Different Seasons. However, I’ve always been intimidated by The Stand. What if I think it not only sucks but blows? Do I want to slog through 1000+ pages of a sucky-blowy novel? The quick answer to that is…NO. However, when Trish announced this readalong, I thought, this is a giant empty spot in my geek/pop culture box of tricks. I really need to read it, especially since I consider myself a King fan.
So, I girded my loins, ordered my copy of the book from Paperbackswap and signed myself up for Trish’s readalong. A familiar face also signed up for the Standalong, Shawn Robare from Branded in the 80s. It’s going to be a rollicking, apocalypt-y good time.
Here’s the copy of the book I got, it’s the uncut version, of course.
Officially, the readalong starts today. However, I won’t begin the book until this weekend. Well, assuming the person that sent me the book from Paperbackswap gets it here in the next day or so (no, I don’t have it yet). Otherwise, I’ll begin it on Monday. I’m looking forward to finally tackling this giant story.
If you want to join us, click the link above, sign up with Trish and get ready to hold onto your butts!