Since I started reading "The Stand" on Friday, I've somehow managed to get about 850 pages of it read. It's good, but it would be better if it was half as long. Only 600 pages to go..............
Is it the original version, or the longer "director's cut" version? Because I've read both, and I think I prefer the original. There's a scene in a motel with a pistol in the longer version that still gives me the jibblies when I think about it.
Yes, it's the director's cut version. Is the motel scene the bit with Trashcan Man and the psychopath or where Lloyd and that other guy go round "pokerising" people? I didn't think it was that disturbing, actually. The only things i found disturbing in the book were The Dark Man and the weird stuff going on in people's heads (like say, Harold, Nadine or the Trashcan Man).
Finally finished the Stand! It was better at the start as everyone was dying - the middle section was a bit too... meandering. That is by far the longest book i've ever read. Also read all of I Am Legend. Its a bit more realistic than the movie, as i thought it was a bit implausible that Will Smith's character was a police marshal and a brilliant scientist - Neville is just an amateur in the book.
Now i've started on Seventh Son, which is apparently "the most important american fantasy since the original Thomas Covenant trilogy". Um, shouldn't the most important american fantasy be Ursula le Guin, and shouldnt A Song of Ice and Fire be the most important one since then?