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  •  That must be the extended author's version. (8+ / 0-)

    The shorter, original version was tighter and showed better editing and (my opinion) made for a better story.  Still, I can see why true King-addicts would want to read the longer less-edited version.  There are a number of big differences, like the beginning.  The original novel started with Stu at the store jawing with his friends when the car crashes into the pump, thus setting up a mystery about what is going on.  I think the extended version tells a great many events leading up to it, leaving out the suspense.

    •  There are lively debate threads arguing just this (5+ / 0-)

      I was poking around the internet, trying to find King's best books, and The Stand gets mentioned most. IIRC, you were saying that Pet Sematary packed the most visceral punch, for you, Dumbo?

      Anyway, there are a lot of people on both sides of the long vs. short Stand debate. I found a few more impassioned arguments for the long version - but of course, these were mostly King junkies, who always want more King.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 07:11:04 PM PDT

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      •  Pet Sematery was the scariest and most (3+ / 0-)
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        disturbing.  The premise of a parent unable to resist the temptation to bring their dead child back to life.  I haven't reread Pet Sematary, and I've reread his other books many times.  It goes beyond being fun scary to being traumatizing.

    •  I read the original, the first version when it (6+ / 0-)

      came out in paperback in 1979 or 1980. This was a re-read that I ordered unknowing that it was the super, duper extended version. I thought that what it lacked in suspense, it made up for in the backstories. But then, I already knew the ending, so it is hard for me to judge any difference in the suspense level.

      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 07:12:19 PM PDT

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