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Mark Christiansen
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My library has only "The stand : the complete and uncut edition"

I've heard some people say the original version of this book was better. What do you think?

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Also interested in the answer. The original is one of my all-time favourite books. I have read that the new version is a little gorier, and a bit longer. Sounds to me like a cash-in. But would like to hear from someone who knows.
 
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It's been several years since I read them, but I don't remember a huge difference. In the uncut there's one or two more minor characters (one I didn't like, although he has one good scene) and some additional background on others.

If I had to pick, I'd say the uncut is a little better, because I think my favorite chapter was either cut or reduced in the original. YMMV.

(I also like to get all the info so knowing the "extra" information was out there would compel me to get the uncut version.) (:
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The long version was bloated. I like the epilogue, but nothing else really added to the story. You can also avoid one of the more unpleasant scenes he's ever written by reading the original instead. That scene is the first thing I think of when I compare the two versions. Blech.
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I prefer the uncut version - it just feels fuller and the characters are that much more developed.
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The re-released version with the cut bits put back in. It's absolutely worth reading in that form. I first read the book before that edition was released, but since then it's the only one I'll look at.
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Timely topic. This book is on my 2011 reading list (category: Favorites from my Youth), and I was going to start reading it next month. I'll go with whichever version is the consensus of this thread.
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I think the uncut version is a bit winded. With that said, some the included stuff is awesome and reads a bit fuller.

I would read the original (well, I have) again.

You can get the uncut version here:

http://www.librosgratisweb.com/pdf/king-stephen/the-stand.pd...
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I have only read the long version. It was pretty good. It felt like he had a lot of characters that he wanted to mess around with. The problems in the book weren't really the length for me. Because it is really like a couple of books. One an apocalyptic, and one post apocalyptic.
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The uncut version really exists only to prove a point: Stephen King needs an editor just like everybody else.

It's absurdly bloated, and all it adds are details. It's a curiosity. The core and the heart of the story are fully contained in the original.
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I tried (and failed) to find the original version first before finally relenting and reading the uncut version. I wish I would have tried harder frankly. There was a ludicrous amount of crap that could have been cut out of there and I was wishing the whole time that I had read the original.

mistermarino wrote:
The uncut version really exists only to prove a point: Stephen King needs an editor just like everybody else.


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