What would the world be like if JFK were never assassinated? The idea intrigued me, and as I sloooowly sank into this book, I became hooked. Would the...moreWhat would the world be like if JFK were never assassinated? The idea intrigued me, and as I sloooowly sank into this book, I became hooked. Would the killer still be Oswald? Another hour awake with the book wouldn't kill me. Would there be an accomplice? I could even wake up early before work to read more. Would he succeed? I don't need to go to that family dinner, anyway. How would the world turned out? Let's just call into work, today!
But the watershed moment arrived, and I realized King had played the ultimate trick on me. None of this is about JFK at all. No, I realized, this book is a big honking love story! I didn't care if JFK lived or died, who did it or who didn't. All I wanted to was for Jake and Sadie to make it through okay. I really wanted them to make it, more than I wanted that moment averted.
An incredible bait and switch. I loved every moment of it. The ending was among the most beautiful I have ever read. On my break at work, I was in tears, and I am devastated that it's over.
It's been a long time since I've read a book that's had me so compelled to talk to everyone I can about it. It's still on my mind, and I really don't know where to go from here. 10/10, highly recommend.
What a tease. I was in disbelief upon reaching the third quarter of the book that literally nothing scary had happened. By the time the suspense reach...moreWhat a tease. I was in disbelief upon reaching the third quarter of the book that literally nothing scary had happened. By the time the suspense reached it's climax, it was far too late - I just wanted it to be over. Apparently King felt the same way: about twenty pages of routine horror went by and it was done.
The real problem here was forgotten promises. I liked where King was going with the theme of a family coping with death, explaining it to their daughter and guiding her through accepting it. Somewhere along the way, it seems like this was completely forgotten. Over half a book's worth of ground work tossed aside in favor of horror for the sake of it. In the end, the entire cast fell out of character and went completely against everything that had been established about them in order to accomplish a horrific ending. The climax did not fall into place, it was forced there and explained off as "that place has a power".
Pet Sematary had a lot of potential, but never reached it. With how quickly the ending came and went, and how out of place everything felt, I get the impression that this was an abandoned project King tacked an ending on to meet a deadline. Take it as a loss - at least he learned from it and grew later.(less)
I was a little reluctant to pick up another gargantuan book after being burned out on epic fantasy after epic fantasy. The first couple of chapters di...moreI was a little reluctant to pick up another gargantuan book after being burned out on epic fantasy after epic fantasy. The first couple of chapters didn't seem very promising - McCammon's writing style seemed a little amateur and cliche. With how quickly events were leading up to the nuclear holocaust, I wondered how the book could possibly keep me interested for 900 pages with people just wandering around in a wasteland.
Then BAM! - out of nowhere - I couldn't put the damned thing down. I don't know how it happened. I can't explain it. All the writing blunders, every Kindle typo in the world couldn't deter me. I was absolutely addicted, and I burned through this monster of a book in record time (for me).
Comparisons to The Stand aren't anything I can comment on. I've never read it, but if the two are really so similar I think I must. What I do know is that this book is everything I've been looking for in a book. I'm still exploring various genres, trying to find my niche. My ultimate goal was to find something that evoked the same feeling I got from the shows Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and others of the same vein: supernatural mystery grounded firmly in reality, driven by strong characters I cared deeply about. Normally I find most stories lose themselves in the supernatural aspects of the plot, but Swan Song delivered what I was searching for in heaps and bounds.
My biggest words of praise deal with chapter size. This is a huge book, there is no denying it. However, there is very little filler to be found here. I never found my attention wandering, because every chapter was quick and to the point. I'm of the opinion that smaller chapters help propel a reader forward, and I appreciated that the author never left you in a cliffhanger without immediately following up on it. So many authors could learn a thing or two from this book on how to effectively keep a reader hooked despite a daunting page count.
The prose could be a little better, and there were a few plot threads that I wished were expanded on further. But ultimately this book left me thoroughly satisfied.(less)