Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

The Stand - Stephen King

There've been some harrowing, chilling scenes (there'd better be, amirite?)--Larry (and Rita) in the Lincoln Tunnel, the chapter where the country is basically going to hell, those left alive who die by other means, being trapped in a prison cell--and it's exciting because the characters are beginning to meet.

 

Still put off by some troubling depictions of race and gender, though.