BlurbA patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world's population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge-Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them-and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.
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Awesome book about near extinction and the forces of good and evil.
This rating is for the "Complete and Uncut" (can we just start revering to these editions as the "Uncircumcised editions"?). I thought the book was a little too long, and showcased King's number one flaw: lingering on useless points for too long that end up not going anywhere. I actually managed to find a copy of the first original edition (only 800 pages!) at Powell's last year, so I'm going to read that one at the same time as the Uncircumcised edition and see how much is different.
An all-time favourite.
One of my all time favs.
I was very engaged for the first 2/3 of the story, but like most King books I've read, the main issue with this one is that it ends up dragging on far past the point where it should have ended and the ending was really weak anyway.
Best book I have ever read - love it
my favorite book
Amazing. Epic. A must read.