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An ancient evil roams the desolate landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.
He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent force that feeds on the dark desires of the countless followers he has gathered into his service. His only desire is to find a special child named Swan -- and destroy
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Comparisons with the Stand are inevitable. Both are about the survivors of an apocalyptic event and both have a devil type figure walking around stirring things up. Swan Song doesn't have that final battle between good and evil thing going like the Stand did, although...more
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Every now and then, you come across a book where it seems that the complexities of life have been disassembled from reality and reformed within the pages and text. A story that, sometimes in its simplicity, captures the moving parts and varying angles of spirituality, psychology, physiology and sociology like a prism, separates them by colour, strength and depth. Then uses the differing colours to paint a kaleidoscopic tableau that opens our minds to that which is kn...more
The black Frankenstein, is what he used to be called in his wrestling days, known as Josh and the Bag lady known as Sister creep are two memorable characters that are courageous with plenty of heart. They really made the story that much more great, and obviously Swan a young girl who is a main character through the whole story. She can right...more
And now mine is no different.
Holy SHIT, this was a long ass book... but it doesn't at all compare to The Stand, in my opinion.
Was it good? Yeah, good, but for a book this ambitious and huge, I expect more than just good. Part of that is that I think I'd have appreciated it a lot more had...more
When I say it's derivative, I don't mean I think McCammon was deliberately imitating The Stand, though I can't imagine he was unfamiliar with King's novel, and assuming he was, it's kind of amazing how many obvious similarities there are that he didn't see fit to alter a smid...more
Swan Song is very dark, and it's scary, but it's also one of the most beautiful and hopeful books I have ever read.
Weighing in at 956 pages, it's a huge story in every sense of the word. There are characters you will hate and fear as well as characters you will fall in love with and care about long after you've finished reading. There is magic, evil, goodn...more
It's about the end of the world. Written in the 80's, when words like Cold War were used often, it's no wonder that in the novel the relationship between Soviet and American governments has det...more
The beginning is the end and people are bracing nuclear war. Fallout shelters are built, the Pres...more
Not quite sure why McCammon needed to jump 7 years into the future. Further degeneration of societal breakdown? Need to age the lead characters? What was he thinking? If the nuclear winter lasted 7 years, I think there'd be almost no one left--there's only so much scavenging one can do for canned food and gasoline. Shelf life, people, shelf life. That jump tested my patience. Fairly believable until...more
I originally rated this book 4 stars but now that I’ve slept on it, I have to rate 3 stars and try to keep my reasons short. Swan Song is a mix of apocalypse, horror, and fantasy. Lovers of any of these genres might consider giving the book a try. I recently read The Strain and my feelings about both books are similar.
My main problem with this book is the Hollywood feel and the zero room for interpretation since every little bit is explained for the reade...more
I remember when I read it I was really disappointed with the end, but so proud of my eighth grade butt reading a 32,000 page book that I didn't tell anybody.
Robbert McHammond has (unintentionally I think) chosen a lot of the same horror staples as Legendary Hack Steven King, and every time he makes King look like nothing more than a mar...more
Swan Song was very similar to Stephen King's The Stand. Both are about most of the Earth's population dying, a supernatural evil trying to destroy everything, and groups of people congregating to rebuild society or destroy it. Swan Song was an easy reading page-turner, but it didn't live up to expectations. The set-up of nuclear aftermath had a lot more potential. I thought the plot wasn't great, it was kind of schmaltzy at times. The whole thing about 'true faces' was pretty stu...more
Well, after decades in my queue,I finally did it, I read Swan Song, the massive classic post-apocalyptic tale from Robert McCammon. This is one incredible journey and adventure for us to share with a bunch of wonderfully realized fictional characters. McCammon does not hold back from laying blame for the destruction of the world on us, on our society, on the time periods Cold-War. He passes judgment on people, on cultures, and on countries as a whole, and taken in context, it added to the...more
Stephen King migh...more
Okay, so here we have a writer that takes Chekhov's 'Loaded Gun' postulate, tears it out with his teeth, rips it up, craps on it, then puts it in a burning paper bag, drops it on your porch, knocks on the door and runs away. What do I mean? Wit...more
First off, there are a ton of 80’s references in this book that I loved. I grew up in the 80’s, and it just grabbed me. None of these were out right specific, but I felt them.
• Nukes! Fear them every day
• Russians are BAD.
• The movie Red Dawn
• Mad Max
• Of course I must mention King’s The Stand
I loved this book! I put off reading it for a while because I hold The Stand so dear to my h...more
Well, not exactly.
But it's a big-un.
It's pretty good though. I've often heard how this is similar to The Stand by Stephen King, which is one of my all time favorite novels. And it is similar, though different.
I mean, they're both big ass epic books about the end of all things and the people that survive to set shit right again. Good vs. Evil and all that. "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine." -R.E.M.
But the characters are different, with their ow...more
I loved it, subside from Mr. F...more
Wow. I don't think there are enough words. McCammon definitely has become a favorite writer of mine. After reading Boy's Life, I was hooked and now with this work, I am a fan.
Here we have a tale of what happens after the world nukes the hell out of each other; and how do we, as humans, survive. Amazing story, epic in scale, and such wonderful characters. I cheered our heroines, Swan and Sister; on as they tackled this new world order, with hope. The despair and evil that tried to catch h...more
It's safe to say that I have now found my favorite post-apocalyptic novel (not counting Riddley Walker, of course). Though Swan Song is quite voluminous, the entire story seems to fit very well together; unlike many novels of a similar length, Swan Song avoids having parts of the story that seem to drag on, or feel slow. It's a well executed tale, through and through.
The comparisons between this book and Stephen King's The Stand are inevitable and common, but are largely superficial. Any atte...more
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