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Swan Song Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2016
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Swan Song is rich with such characters as an ex-wrestler named Black Frankenstein, a New York City bag lady who feels power coursing from a weird glass ring, a boy who claws his way out of a destroyed survivalist compound. They gather their followers and travel toward each other, all bent on saving a blonde girl named Swan from the Man of Many Faces. Swan Song is often compared to Stephen King's The Stand, and for the most part, readers who enjoy one of the two novels, will enjoy the other. Like The Stand, it's an end-of-the-world novel, with epic sweep, apocalyptic drama, and a cast of vividly realized characters. But the tone is somewhat different: The good is sweeter, the evil is more sadistic, and the setting is harsher, because it's the world after a nuclear holocaust. Swan Song won a 1988 Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel. It's a monster of a horror book, brimming over with stories and violence and terrific imagery--God and the Devil, the whole works. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"A wild ride into terror....A grand and disturbing adventure." (Dean Koontz)
"A broad, compelling story... a long, satisfying look at hell and salvation." (Publishers Weekly)
"Distinctive and engrossing... McCammon combines gritty realism with magic... you'll wish there were more [of SWAN SONG]" (Rave Reviews)
"A chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end." (John Saul)
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So given I am writing this review for me - I will take some licence. Firstly I have read loads of PA ficton ( favorite so far is The Old Man and the Wasteland), but I hesitated with my purchase of Swan Song. I kept coming across references and praise of Swan Song. At $10 is was a lot more than many Kindle reads I buy. Then I thought, the last few books I read were only a couple of bucks - but they were c#%^ and pretty short too. So I thought, Swan Song is over 800 pages - so even if it is just okay it is still better value. So I bought it and have not experienced buyers remorse.
Swan Song draws you in. It is a different type of PA novel as it as a mystical undertone. Not in the kind of 'roll your eyes, give me a break' way - but a spiritual side to the story that adds to its depth and humanity. There are several concurrent plots which weave together as the story unfolds. Each sub plot is interesting. What surprised me was that I became so engrossed with one story line, I literally forgot about some other characters and was surprised when they reappeared. It was ' oh of course, I had completly forgotten about you guys'. That is a really good thing showing just how easy it is to become lost in the story.
If I was being ultra critical I would say that there was a certain 'convenience' of events towards the end. Also - and yes this is just a personal bugbear, the author has obviously had limited exposure to horses. Horses do not lap water like a dog - they suck it. They also really don't behave in the way Mule did. Yes, yes I know it is a minor point - but it was one of the few times in the story where an inaccuracy brought me out of the story and back to reality.
I see many reviewers have compared this to other books ( and no I am not going to reference the books). This really gets my goat. Swan Song is an original work that stands high in its own right. It is , in my opinion, almost insulting to say 'its just like xyz', 'it's as good as xyz'. Swan Song is a great read - enough said.
I love a good apocalyptic novel, and this is one of the best from an era when dystopian and apocalyptic novels weren’t written for teens, tweens, or young readers. This book tells a complex story, with characters whose actions matter and have consequence. It’s a book about real people and touches multiple themes.
I loved this book and consider a must read for anyone interest in survival, apocalyptic, or horror novels.
While it's particularly violent and rather nasty in place it's still one captivating and moving story. To me, it felt like it was all about good vs evil, and giving it your all to be who you really are. And I will say even though it's a dark story it's very sweet in places and just so heartwarming. On top of that, there's a lot of moments that are hard to let go. Really, I could just go on and on about this but more than anything I highly recommend reading this book. Also, the chapters are broken up into segments too so it makes it easier to read just a part of them at a time.