My father recommended this book to me a year or two before his death. I don't now recall if it was just the one book or the entire series that he wantMy father recommended this book to me a year or two before his death. I don't now recall if it was just the one book or the entire series that he wanted me to read. I can't imagine him reading just this book and then stopping, though. Especially since this first installment of the series leaves the story hanging. It was quite unsatisfying.
Overall, I enjoyed the book very much. Alvin is a lovable character and his story fascinates me. The alternate version of the American frontier also fascinates me and I like how the little bit of truth sprinkled in with the fiction made things all the more interesting.
A couple of the characters really annoyed the living shit out of me though. If you read the book and you know me at all, you know exactly who I mean. If you haven't read the book and/or don't know me, let's just say that there is certain holier than thou preacher who is extremely young and extremely arrogant. Also, he thinks that the Devil (or something very close to him in this world) is a freaking angel and further, that this angel* would have him do some very unchristian like things.
Pretty much every one of his points of view drove me bonkers.
Regarding the audio book, it was relatively easy to follow, though having multiple readers was a bit jarring at times. Also, the very last bit alternated between a male and female reader as the characters conversed and it was just strange.
I would like to continue the series, though I don't know if I will do it on audio. I might see if I can find the ebooks cheap and toss them on my Nook tablet. I'll see...
*yes, I fully realize that the Devil is a fallen angel......more
This second installment of Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners Series shows a more mature, if still unpredictable main character in 19 year old David CharleThis second installment of Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners Series shows a more mature, if still unpredictable main character in 19 year old David Charleston.
Now an established member of the Prof's Reckoners team after avenging his father's death by successfully taking down Newcago's tyrant, the Epic know as Steelheart, David has taken Megan's place on the team and serves as point. He helps find Epic's weaknesses and then lures them in for the take down. When the team realizes that the Epic that rules Babylon Restored, once known as Manhattan, is sending Epics to Newcago to fight the Reckoners, Prof takes David and Tia to address the challenge.
The new setting was enjoyable as was meeting a new team of Reckoners. David makes new friends and... runs into an old one. *dun dun DUNNN* We get to see some new toys, which is fun, and there is a lot of wonderful snark to keep the chuckles coming as the story progressed....more
Yes, there are many similarities to Stephen King's 'The Stand', published some 9 years before Swan Song. Apocalyptic event wipes out most of mankind,Yes, there are many similarities to Stephen King's 'The Stand', published some 9 years before Swan Song. Apocalyptic event wipes out most of mankind, good versus evil... but that's about it.
Swan Song features a nuclear apocalypse so you have the added hardships of nuclear winter and radiation sickness for the survivors. Also, it was an instantaneous apocalypse rather than the drawn out one that King's super flu caused.
This story was also markedly more brutal than was The Stand, in my opinion. Not that it took away from the story, at least not for me... but I'll admit that I had several moments of thinking, "What MORE will these poor people have to endure?!" *shakes fist at sky*
All in all, I enjoyed the story very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys apocalyptic fiction. FUrther, I was pleased at the slight supernatural aspect that I wasn't expecting.
As a side not on the audio book, the reader Tom Stechschulte was fantastic....more
I was hooked on this story immediately, though with work and life and writing, it took me longer to finish than I would have liked. Because of that, iI was hooked on this story immediately, though with work and life and writing, it took me longer to finish than I would have liked. Because of that, it felt a bit disjointed, as audio books do when you have to pause too often. That wasn't an issue with the story, though, just with the way I chose to consume it. Though I did enjoy Nick Podehl as the reader... he does Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles as well.
Also, the ending of this book made me glad that I had the next book in the series ready to play, let me tell you! Cliff-hanger much, Chuck?