The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition

The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition - Stephen King Jennifer's scorecard:
5) Essential purchase
4) Recommended purchase
3) Recommended purchase during a sale
2) Not recommended unless heavily discounted and/or is being used as decor
1) Not even recommended as decoration.

So it took me 7 weeks to read this book. It's massive but the number of pages wasn't the problem.
There is WAY too much padding in this book, way too much that SHOULD have been left out or stayed left out. I didn't read the original uncut version but my gosh this was absolutely ridiculously OVERWRITTEN. It actually put me in multiple reading slumps in which I just could not pick it back up again for days. Reading the first 70% was a massive chore in patience.
What bothered me the most is that pages upon pages would be written about the most boring, unimportant things I cared little to nothing about but then things I DID care about would be given half a page to a page. The perfect example of this being the ending itself! I mean you spend hundreds of pages building to this big stand, this fight between good and evil. HUNDREDS of pages! And it's all over in an anticlimactic, unexciting way that last's only maybe half a chapter. Half a Chapter in a book of 78 (over that really). Disappointed is an understatement.