The Stand Mini Review Book I

Since The Stand is such a large novel, coming in at just over a thousand pages, and divided into three books. I’ve made the decision to do a mini review for each part. Our story starts at a secret government base out west (I believe it’s in California). A lone security guard named Charlie is the first to notice something is wrong The numbers on the clock have gone to red meaning that one of the viruses that are being created there has escaped. Instead of following procedure and locking down the facility Charlie makes a run for it. If it wasn’t for Charlie our story would of come to an end. The government would’ve covered up all that happened and we would’ve been none the wiser. But Charlie makes it out collecting his wife and young daughter and heads east exposing many people along the way.

Charlie makes it to a small Texas town just north of Arnette where he crashes the gas pumps of a small Texaco station. With his wife and small child already dead Charlie soon follows. But before he does he exposes the small group of locales gathered and the station one of them is Stu Redman.

We also meet Frannie Goldsmith a young college student living in Ogunquit Maine who recently found out that she is pregnant. Her mother doesn’t take the news well. Frannie has the support of her father and this creates a rift with her mother who comes down with flu like symptoms and after a few days dies. Her father soon follows.

In California Larry Underwood is finally on the verge of making it big after playing in numerous bands and singing in small nightclubs. With the single “Baby Can You Dig Your Man?” Climbing the charts Larry has a hit on his hands. But he begins partying a little too hard and after receiving advice from a friend he decides to lay low and visit his mother in New York. While there his mother also develops flu like symptoms and passes away.

In Shoyo, Arkansas deaf mute Nick Andros has just left a local bar and continues his trip heading somewhere north when he is set upon by Ray Booth and some of his friends. Nick is almost beaten to death and loses consciousness. He wakes up in a small jail cell where meets John Baker the local sheriff who rounds up the guys who beat up Nick. He also gives him a small job helping around the station. Soon after Sheriff Baker and all of the residents of Shoyo die from the flu.

Lloyd Henreid and Poke are on an international crime spree having murdered a total of six people in Arizona and Nevada. They are low on cash and decided to rob a convenience store in a small town. But their plans go south when they discover and off duty lawman is in the store Lloyd’s partner is shot and killed and Lloyd is captured. Now incarcerated and possibly facing a death sentence Lloyd believes things can’t get much worse. But they do, people in the jail start to become sick and die the guards and staff leave and never return. So Lloyd finds himself alone locked in a cell without any food. Facing a slow death by starvation.

While we meet these characters the world is rapidly going to hell. The super flu known as Captain Tripps is killing everyone at an alarming rate there is no cure and only a small number are immune. Within months the world as we know it is no more. Stu Redman after being one of the first to come across the super flu is taken by the army and taken to CDC in Atlanta after spending some time there he is taken to New Hampshire. He realizes that the hospital that he is in is becoming more of a prison. He is able to escape and begins heading toward the ocean. He meets a man named Glen Bateman and his dog Kojak. He also meets Frannie Goldsmith who along with Harold Lauder decide to go try and find other people.

Larry Underwood has left New York to do the same.

Nick Andros has also left and along the way meets a slightly retarded man named Tom Cullen. All of these characters dream about and old women named Mother Abigail who is in Nebraska and tells them to come see her whenever they like. They also have nightmares of a man with no face that some have called the Walking Dude.

My Thoughts:

This is just the start of a massive adventure. All the characters are incredible thought out and we find out all about there background and what they were like before the shit hit the fan in between that we find out how the world is coming to an end and how the government is dealing with the crisis. It’s fascinating to see how the virus travels through out the country and how the few who survive are dealing with the new world around them.

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Sunday Reading Update 03/04/2018

February has come and gone, but the weather in the first week of March hasn’t gotten any better. I get real anxious this time of the year looking forward to warmer weather. But when I check my weather app which shows me the next week and a half none of the days has a temp over 45 degrees. Reading has been slow. I blame it on the size of Stephen King’s The Stand. This book is massive. Looking at the table of contents for the book, it is divided into three parts. So I’ve come to the decision to right a small review for each part. I’ve read the first part so expect a review in the next upcoming days. I was also surprised to find that the Kindle version that i purchased includes art work by the late great Bernie Wrightson. Even in black and white they are awesome. I’m almost at the halfway mark with Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt. So hopefully I’ll be done with that one soon.

In other news The Walking Dead has started up again. The first episode dragged the death of Carl throughout the whole hour and a half episode. I thought the episode was ok but it didn’t need to be almost 90 minutes. This Monday is the last episode of Rebels and I’m excited to see how the end things. I’m more excited to see what comes next for Dave Filoni. I would love an animated series that takes place after Return of the Jedi. Put I’ll take what ever they give me.

That’s all for today I hope every one has a great week.

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Sunday Reading Update February 25, 2018

Good Sunday morning everyone. As you can tell from the picture above I’m still reading Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig I’m currently at 30% Also I’m about 26% of the way on Stephen King’s The Stand. It’s such a long book but it’s so good. The beginning of this book is so good I don’t know why the fall of society is so interesting. I don’t know if I’ve said it here before? Ive read this book before but this time around is much different. Reading it during one of the worst flu season where many people are dying can almost make you paranoid.

On new books I was given a review copy of The Hidden Face by the author S.C. Flynn and I will be moving that to the top of my reading pile. I’ll be tackling that one as soon as I finish Aftermath. I also signed on for Tor’s newsletter where they have a free book of the month, this months free book is Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World. I’ve been meaning to look into this series for a long time, so I’ll be adding this one to my reading list.

In other news, I read that The Dark Tower t.v. series will be on Amazon. I’m excited for this, I didn’t bother to watch the movie. I was such a fan of the series and the movie looked so bad I didn’t want it to tarnish my love for the series. But I feel that a t.v. Series is the best way to faithfully adapt the books. With this and also a Lord of the Rings series I might seriously have to consider getting Amazon’s streaming service. On my X-Files viewing I am currently on episode 10 of the first season. That’s all for now. Have a great week.

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Sunday Reading Update 02/18/2018

I woke up to snow this morning here in New England, a perfect excuse to stay in and read. To tell the truth I’m getting sick of this weather. I’m looking forward to warm sunny days spent in the backyard with a cool beverage and the smell of meat cooking on the barbecue. But back to reality. I finished Richard Matheson’s I am Legend. I ended up giving it 3 stars. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping. My review is up and you can read it here if you are interested. I’m still reading The Stand by Stephen King. I’m only at the 16% mark. This book is a long one and with the way I read, (reading one chapter then going to second book and reading a chapter before returning) a will probably pass this one with my new book. Speaking of new book, the one that I’ve started is Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath: Life Debt. It’s the second in the series and while I’m only on the third chapter its all ready has an action packed start. What else happened on the book front? I’ve always been interested in reading The Expanse series and the first book Leviathan Awakes was on sale so I purchased that. In T.V. Land I’ve finished Marvel’s Runaways. I thought it had a strong start but I felt that the season finally was a little slow. Still good, so I’ll keep watching for the time being. I’m also trying to get back into the X-Files from the very beginning. I watched the first three episodes last night and I’ll keep an update here on the Sunday Reading Updates. That’s all for this week. Looking forward to temps in the 60’s mid week. Enjoy the week ahead.

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I Am Legend Review

I Am Legend

By: Richard Matheson

Length: 160 pages

Date Read: February 2018

Series: Stand Alone

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Robert Neville is the last man alive. A plague has turned every last man, woman and child into a vampire like creature. Leaving Neville no choice then to barricade himself in his home every night. He spends his days killing the creatures and looking for reasons why this has happened and maybe a possible cure.

My Thoughts:

Whenever I read a book I almost immediately know how many stars I’m going to give it. This book almost 24 hours after reading and I was still on the fence about how many stars to give it. I finally settled on three stars. This book has been around for a long time, I’ve known about it even before the movie came out. And while I can’t remember too much about the movie I do know that it and the book are vastly different. There was some great actions scenes but I found the majority of the book spent time with Neville barricaded in his home Drinking. There was too much self loathing. Neville seemed very horny at the beginning of the book and I was worried that the book was going to go to a weird place. And the vampires were weird. I took them for mindless zombies at first. But some could talk. Neville at one point describes two. Types, the live ones and the dead ones. I guess the difference are ones who contracted the diseases and became vampires and those that died and became more of a mindless type of vampire. The book is very short only about 160 pages so I was able to breeze through it and I thought the end was pretty good, it made the title make sense. While I wasn’t crazy about it, I can appreciate it for the classic novel that its become and I’m glad I read it. I curious to know what others thought of this book. Let me know.

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Sunday Reading Update 02/11/2018

This one will be short. Today we will be celebrating my daughters birthday and I need to get things rolling soon. This week I was able to finish American Gods and put up a review for it. This was my second time reading it and I enjoyed it more this time. I’m currently Reading I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (45%) and Stephen King’s, The Stand (7%). I also saw the Cloverfield Trilogy. I’ve seen the first one numerous times and always enjoyed it. I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane for the first tome and thought it was great. Then I saw The Cloverfield Paradox I was real excited for this after seeing the trailer during the Super Bowl. I thought it was great that it was available almost right away. But I heard a lot of bad things about it online. Now stuff like that doesn’t stop me from watching a movie I like to form my own opinions, and after watching it I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as the first two, but enjoyable none the less. Also began watching The Mummy and I can see why this one flopped at the box office. I’m not a hard critic of movies I find I’m easy to please. But this movie I couldn’t tell if it was horror, action or a comedy. You can do all three in a movie and it can be great but it didn’t work her. The humor came off really dry. I still have about 10% left and I will probably finish it tonight. That’s all for this week. Enjoy everybody.

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American Gods Review

American Gods

By: Neil Gaiman

Length: 635 pages

Date Read: February 2018

Series: Stand Alone (But I guess there is sort of a sequel)

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Where to begin with this book? I read it years ago and it wasn’t that I didn’t like it. At the time it was just to weird for me. For some reason I got the urge to read Anansi Boys which is sort of a sequel to this, and I thought it would be a good idea to reread this. I’m happy I did, an older wiser me enjoyed this book a little more. The book starts off with our protagonist Shadow about to finish a three year stint in jail. Shadow has plans to return home to his wife Laura. But three days before his release Laura is killed in a car accident. On the flight home he meets a man by the name of Wednesday who offers Shadow a job. Shadow reluctantly accepts the job and sets of on an adventure that will change his life. He’ll meet Gods living in a tenement in Chicago. Younger Gods that want him dead. And frequent visits from his dead wife. He’ll embark on a journey across The United States, all leading to a climactic battle that can change the world.

My Thoughts:

This book is weird, and it took me two reads to really appreciate it. We live in a land where the majority of it’s residents had ancestors who migrated here centuries ago. All of them bringing their beliefs and legends with them. But most of these legends come from the lands where they were created. What happens when the people who believe these stories leave their homeland? The Gods and creatures come with them, but when the people who brought them stop believing in them they run the risk of dying and have to find a way to get new followers and believers. I really liked how at the end of almost every chapter you would get a side story explaining how these beliefs and customs made it to the New World. A book with those stories alone would be incredibly interesting. I also felt like I was reading two different stories. One about the old Gods vs. the new Gods and another about Shadow’s life in the small town of Lakeside. But both stories come together nicely before the book ends. My final thoughts? I had dismissed this book as a miss for me. I’m glad I decided to revisit it once again. Very enjoyable.

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