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Swan Song ➹ [Download] ➵ Swan Song By Robert R. McCammon ➼ – Thomashillier.co.uk Swan is a nine year old Idaho girl following her struggling mother from one trailer park to the next when she receives visions of doom—something far wider than the narrow scope of her own beleaguere Swan is a nine year old Idaho girl following her struggling mother from one trailer park to the next when she receives visions of doom—something far wider than the narrow scope of her own beleaguered life In a blinding flash nuclear bombs annihilate civilization leaving only a few buried survivors to crawl onto a scorched landscape that was once AmericaIn Manhattan a homeless woman stumbles from the sewers guided by the prophecies of a mysterious amulet and pursued by something wicked; on Idaho’s Blue Dome Mountain an orphaned boy falls under the influence of depraved survivalists and discovers the value of a killer instinct; and amid the devastating dust storms on the Great Plains of Nebraska Swan forms a heart and soul bond with an unlikely new companion Soon they will cross paths But only Swan knows that they must endure than just a trek across an irradiated country of mutated animals starvation madmen and wasteland warriorsSwan’s visions tell of a coming malevolent force It’s a shape shifting embodiment of the apocalypse and of all that is evil and despairing And it’s hell bent on destroying the last hope of goodness and purity in the world Swan is that hope Now she must fight not only for her own survival but for that of all mankindA winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award Swan Song has become a modern classic called “a chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end” by John Saul and “a long satisfying look at hell and salvation” by Publishers Weekly.

10 thoughts on “Swan Song

  1. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    This is one of the darkest post apocalyptic books I've read in a while totally satisfied that craving I may have had a few bad dreams about itWhat I would have liked knowing beforehand Nuclear war with Russia There are fantasy elements in here Yes it's long There's a war going on so if you're not really into military fiction won't be for you Overall it was almost too realistic Did I say it was really dark?I would recommend it

  2. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    199 on Kindle today 6 10 17Once again thank you to goodreads friends for finding me another book to love There are so many people I fell in love with in the book Also Mule and Killer Let's just begin The book is about us stupid humans trying to bomb each other into extinction but I digress I fell in love with Sister Creep Swan and Josh I also loved Artie and Paul and Mule and Killer and there are so many We start out with each person's story where they are in the world and what is going on when the shite hits the fan And how they all come together at some point in the book Swan is living with her mom and the latest boyfriend when they leave and decide to go to another state for reasons Josh is a gynormous wrestler that is finished with his latest match and is traveling to the next state Sister Creep is just preaching and wandering around doing her thing she's homelesss The people I was the least interested in were Macklin and Roland they were doing their military stuff and they were pretty much evil The devildemonmanthing is watching a movie about death and destruction over and over at the theater The story then takes us to what happens after everything hits and what every one is doing after the fact Sister meets up with Artie who was at a shoe convention Artie and Sister decide to travel together and on their way out of town Sister finds this piece of glass with diamonds and stuff in it outside of Tiffany's Correction what used to be Tiffany's She finds some other stuff too but this is a magical ringcrown thing The ring can make you see things when you hold it This is what sets Sister on a goal she sees something inside every time she touches it She being led somewhere Other people can touch it and see different things like food or water and they feel better It's like it really happened And of course the evil man wants it for himself He knows what the ring Sister and Swan can do with it Meanwhile Josh stops at a gas station and ends up meeting Swan and her mom there They all end up buried underground in PawPaw's little home below the ground There is a reason why he lives under his store and it will tell you in the book They stay down there for uite some time before a little gopher shows them a way out The main thing is that Sister and Artie and Swan and Josh all meet new people on their travels Some are not very nice of course and others are great Some that you love part ways and others take their places People are killed I mean you know that's going to happen Swan and Josh pick up Killer and Mule along the way They are the horse and the dog Sister is out to find Swan but she's not sure for years who or what it is she's actually supposed to find I mean seven years traveling across the country trying to find one person with the demon on your tail Swan Josh Mule and Killer actually start traveling with an old clown named Rusty There are just so many things to the story that you can't even imagine or even talk about in a review I can tell you that this story made me cry and it didn't get boring to me accept when ole Roland and Macklin came into it I don't know it was just me I didn't like them I would read it and want to hurry to the better parts of the book If your worried about reading a tome like this one then don't The chapters are short and they move from person to person but it's not confusing in the least One chapter will leave you on a cliffhanger and change to something else going on in the world Lol It doesn't matter I loved it and I hope anyone else that reads it loves it too ♥ For Mule and Killer you were around for many years you sweet babies in the middle of a war to boot The second part of the book takes place 7 years later and there is all kinds of weird stuff going on with Swan and Sister I can't tell you what all just read it READ IT MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List

  3. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    What if the apocalypse that befell the poor souls in The Stand was nuclear instead of viral in nature and the whole thing was written in a style like Richard Matheson's than Stephen King's? Well you'd probably have Swan SongComparisons 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 some of the events could be interpreted as suchSwan the title character starts off as a little girl who's strangely good with plants before the bombs drop As the story unfolds she's joined by Black Frankenstein aka Josh Hutchins a professional wrestler They're wandering looking for other survivors Josh has been tasked with protecting Swan and does his best The other main protagonist is a former homeless woman called Sister who has a glass ring with unusual abilities Their paths eventually cross with the Army of Excellence led by Colonel Macklin an unhinged Vietnam war hero and Roland Croninger a young millitary enthusiast caught up in playing soldier for real Throw in crazies like Lord Alvin and the ever present Man with Many Faces and you've got a winner on your handsI'll just come out and say it This book held my interest than the Stand did The style was much gripping and I got attached to Sister Josh and Swan I almost let a tear escape my eye at the end but fought it backI'd recommend this book to anyone who liked the Stand and other post apocalypic stories

  4. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    ”The sky was filled with waves of moving blinking stars Wheels of light rolled across the darkness over the trailer court and streaks of yellow fire zigzagged upward into the haze that obscured the moon Thousands upon thousands of fireflies were passing overhead like galaxies in motion their signals forming chains of light that stretched from west to east as far as Swan could see” It would be pretty right? All those missiles streaking across the midnight sky The end of the world wrapped in the gossamer of sparkling awe inspiring enchantment Once the guidance system tells these glowing tubes to descend to the earth they explode into these nearly perfect cylindrical fiery mushroom clouds that reach for the sky ”It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine” REM Oddly enough that song was released in 1987 the same year as this novelWell maybe not so fine I’ve had debates about end of the world scenarios People talk about what they would do to survive but my hope is to be at ground zero I like culture and civilisation and don’t really want to scramble about in a Mad Max world Of course if by some chance my book lined ivory tower were to survive I would really appreciate it if someone would drop off a bit of food and a bottle of red wine occasionally Josh Hutchins a world weary professional wrestler known as the Black Frankenstein is on his way to Garden City Kansas for a match when the world decides to end Someone would think that Kansas would be a good place to be for a post apocalyptic event with its small population and lots of desolation It would be my state of choice especially for a zombie apocalypse for those reasons and the fact that the horizon goes on forever in every direction Line of sight right? From my tower window I can see those lurching slobbering brain eaters coming from miles away Unfortunately there are strategic military reasons why the Russkies would want to blow up Kansas and they have than enough of these glowing tubes of destruction to wreak havoc in every state of the Union Josh finds himself after the fallout the guardian of an orphaned nine year old girl whose trailer trash name is Sue Wanda but fortunately she has been nicknamed Swan Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Well try having an apocalyptic event and you will find out Now Swan is a very special young lady and as she grows up over the next seven years her natural affinity for growing plants evolves into something uite spectacular “‘Everything can think and feel in its own way’ she replied and she looked up at him The eyes in her young face were very old Josh thought ‘Bugs birds even grass—everything has its own way of speaking and knowing Just depends on whether you can understand it or not’”Josh in the midst of all this destruction and hardship has had his own epiphany about life ”Josh opened his fist and drew his arm back The insect kept going out of the light’s range and into the darkness on its purposeful journey Who am I to kill such a thing? he asked himself Who am I to deliver death to even the lowest form of life?”Swan you see can bring apple trees back to life She can plant corn seeds in infertile radiated soil and make it grow She is the most important human being on the planet and there are people looking for her There is Sister Creep well not as creepy as her name would imply is seeing visions and knows she must find Swan to give her something she will need desperately in her coming battle against pure evil There is Colonel Macklin who with the help of his teenage henchman Ronald Croninger has built what they call the Army of Excellence AOE and are marching across the midwest killing all who refuse to join them and stealing the food and supplies of everyone they encounter Assimilate or perish There is one creature insidious than Macklin and Croninger and their whole army combined You can call him Friend shudder or The Man with the Scarlet Eye or The Man of Many Faces or if you want to try to think of him as something human you can call him Doyle Holland He knows he has to destroy Swan because she is a beacon of hope amongst the chaos “‘Hope hurts me’ he said ‘It’s a disease and you’re the germ that spreads it We can’t have disease at my party Oh no It won’t be allowed’” So what is Doyle exactly? He isn’t a man A demon? The devil? He can shape shift manipulate control minds He takes credit for all the chaos and evil in the world Doyle can feel the power of Swan and she can feel his weaknesses It is an unsettling meeting ”He blinked uncertainly and in his eyes Swan saw fire and savagery a core of pain past human suffering and so furious that it almost ripped her own heart to shreds He was a scream wrapped up in straw a little weak vicious thing gnashing inside a monstrous facade She saw what he was made of and she knew him very well”Swan is also suffering a radiation inspired malady as are many people that is called a Job’s Mask ”Her head was covered by gray growths that had begun as small black warts had thickened and spread over the passage of years had connected with gray tendrils like groping intertwining vines The growths had covered her skull like a knotty helmet had enclosed her facial features and sealed them up except for a small slit at her left eye and a ragged hole over her mouth through which she breathed and ate” They can feel their faces shifting under the growths view spoilerOnce the masks come off their true natures are revealed in their beauty or in their ugliness hide spoiler

  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    45 to 50 stars I am a big fan of The Stand by Stephen King and I thought it was the standard in apocalyptic fictionUNTIL NOW Swan Song is THE BEST apocalyptic science fiction book I have ever read At over 950 pages this book could have been a chore to get through but that was not the case at all I flew through it and never found my attention wandering or my interest waning A truly spectacular novel with a superb cast of really good peeople and REALLY BAD PEOPLE Highest possible recommendation Winner Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel 1988Nominee World Fantasy Award for best Novel 1988Nominee Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1988

  6. Becky Becky says:

    Taking a uick glance through reviews of this book they seem to have two things in common One they all start with a reference to the book's size And two they all remark about the comparisons to The Stand 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 than just good Part of that is that I think I'd have appreciated it a lot had I read it before reading The Stand because I just couldn't uite manage to not compare them and that did not end up favoring Swan Song The characters the plot the 'characters connected by dreams or visions' thing the Walkin' Dude King did it first and better Sorry to all the McCammon fans out there but it's true I liked the story enough to finish it but for so very freaking much of it it felt like nothing was happening If there's going to be a huge amount of time in between little pockets of tension and excitement then that time should be spent making me fall in love with the characters It should be spent making me dread the possibility of their untimely demise Or it should be spent making me feel like I'm really living in a nuclear winter And shit that wouldn't even be hard considering this winter has been like Snowpocalypse So Tired Of Winter sob What that time should not be used for is repetitive scenes only included in the book to show us Swan's ability which we had learned about and understood from like page two How many times do I need to be shown that Swan holds life inside her? Because going through it every time we hop back over to a Swan chapter felt like maybe one or two times too many Although maybe it wasn't me that McCammon was trying to fill in maybe it was Swan herself Not exactly the brightest bulb there considering how long it took her to figure out that she'd be key in healing the damage that humanity brought upon itself To be perfectly honest I didn't really care about any of these characters except Josh and I'm not sure if that's due to the book or the reading I loved the way the reader did his voice or because I just love big cuddly bearlike men or even that I just needed SOMEONE to like in this book Maybe a little bit of all of those But the rest of the characters I disliked in varying degrees Evil Dude was Evil shrug What is there to say? Sister felt wooden to me It was only rarely that she displayed any personality at all and I just couldn't warm up to her Besides finding and carrying the glass a ma jig I am still trying to figure out what her role was in the book Swan Well I already talked about her Roland should die in a fire and then be reincarnated only to die in a fire and be reincarnated only to die in a fire again and so on forever Macklin was just crazy and I kinda felt bad for him but he was piece of shit crazy not sympathetic human crazy so he can die in Roland's fire too He doesn't have to be reincarnated than oh two or three times El Presidente You know I kinda felt bad for him In the beginning when we meet him you can tell he's not prepared for what's happening he's shit scared of the events that are outside of his control and he's just trying to cope But then all that sympathy that I had for him just evaporated toward the end Crazy or not FUCK HIM man Who gets to decide to do THAT? Why is that even a thing that would ever EVER EVEREVEREVER be developed and actually put in place? Shameful and disgusting The mere concept of THAT is worse to me than anything else in this book By far He should have died in the fire However as much as I loathed El Pres at the end he's the only character that I felt actually wrestled with their humanity at all He wasn't a Good character or an Evil character He was flawed and conflicted and just doing what he thought was right for the good of all Still should have died in a fire though Coming back to the concept of Good and Evil I have to say that there was never even a hint of a flicker of gray in any of these characters with the exception I mentioned above They were either all GOOD or all EVIL The chasm between the two would have to be traveled by goat three mules and a barge and you better pack a lunch because it's a fucking hike to the other side The fact that McCammon THEN needed to literally show people's true faces as if we were unclear which side they were on was again overkill All the GOOD people are so beautiful and all the EVIL people are hideously deformed Because that's original One last thing before I wrap this up I really expected the glass a ma jig to have a vital purpose in the book and I was very disappointed to learn that I was mistaken in this especially after ALLLLLLL of the build up I trudged through including the 10 minute long at 3x speed 'crowning' scene For the thing to be relegated to be nothing than a Rosetta Stone after all of that kind of makes me incredibly angry So so very mad Oooh wonder what this big red button does?

  7. Fabian Fabian says:

    Percentage composition of previous or later works of postapocalypse of a sort in the DNA of R McCammon's enormous horror epic Swan Song41% The Stand novel10% The Road novel which is actually in itself like 7% Mad Max a source which must NOT go completely ignored10% Blood Meridian novel so about 60% of SS can be found in King McCarthy alone10% Lord of the Rings 6% Two Towers battle 4% magic ring emblem5% Lonesome Dove novel5% Dawn of the Dead films mall battleground motorcycle gangs4% Cold Mountain novelfilm3% Death RaceDeath Race 2000 film2% Battle Royale film3% Hunger Games duh franchise3% Silvester Stallone's Daylight1% Poseidon Adventure1% Pocahontas the colonization tale in the new Wild West1% Sleeping Beauty kiss of maiden1% Snow White apple symbol love's kissYeah the whole country's been nuked 130 by them lethal Russians We all knew it would happen and do it does After everything is dead and gone the unlucky remnants begin to establish feudal groups and erect new structures of power and control Evil forces unite heroes are made and characters are killed off in that adorably Walking Dead fashion The vigilantes suffer greatly and its a true blast to read about dead babies crushed miners about the annihilation of all humanity I'm kidding The gruesome factor is uite high Superbly the violence is violent; the blood and gore is supremeIt is too long It begins to steadily lose steam to a v tepid conclusion something the reader had already expected would occur but does only at an even later stageMonoliths of horror Gotta love 'em

  8. Bark Bark says:

    I read this book back when it was first published in the ‘80’s I was still in high school had big frizzy hair wore too much blue eyeliner and pretty much hated my life I spent most of my free time haunting the local Osco drug for the newest horror paperbacks to escape it all When I saw this huge tome 900 pages I scurried back home with it thinking I had just hit the jackpot And I had It turned out to be one of the best horror novels I’d ever read and I was reading a lot back then This is why I was hesitant to revisit it some 26 years later afraid I’d tarnish my memory of fiction perfection But I did it anyway I can’t read 900 page tomes any because my brain shuts down at the thought but I can read them on unabridged audio Swan Song became my driving companion for over three weeks and now that I’m finished I already miss the soothing voice of Tom Stechschulte I’ll have to snap up something else he’s narrated Maybe “The Road” if I can bring myself to listen to itIf you’ve read this you already know it’s one of the best end of the world novels ever written if you haven’t read it yet and you’re a fan of the new apocalypse books flooding the shelves you really need to do yourself a favor and read this one It is set in the 80’s and we are at war with Russia trigger fingers set off nuclear bombs and kaboom the world as we know it is gone The rest of the book focuses on a cast of characters as they make their way in this entirely new world void of all creature comforts like fresh water sunshine and warmth But out of the destruction a little magic blooms too Two camps basically evolve There are the murdering raping pillagers and the decent people who want to restore the earth and rebuild The two have an epic classic collision of good vs evil Those are the bare bones of the story but it’s so much than that It’s heartbreaking and full of loss as well as hope and it so worth your timeA few notes that you should be aware of before digging in1 The book doesn’t start with a huge bang There’s enough setup and character back story here for 3 or 4 modern day books Woo hoo for me because I can never get enough of that stuff when it’s good but maybe not for everyone?2 The action takes a little bit to get going but once it starts there is a lot of it and it’s described in vivid detail I’m not a huge action fan and I admit I did doze off when the military maneuvers went on and on 3 The book skips around from group to group There are a lot of characters to wrap your head around and I was a little confused here and there but eventually you get to know most of them very intimately Many of them are flawed people and they’re all changed by their time on the road I think I enjoyed that aspect most of all Be warned though some of these people who you will grow to love will die and you will probably cry Maybe for a few days4 This sucker is a 34 hour listen I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with most of the characters For the most part he gave them distinctive voices with the exception of the villains at the very end to me they all sounded the same screeching out their scratchy voiced commands You may want to find a sample online and give it a listen before committing 34 hours is a long freaking time if the narrator isn’t working for you5 There’s a hell of a lot of violence and it’s not the prettified glossy kind Be prepared6 There is a strong 50ish female character as a lead Where can you find that nowadays? If you find one tell me so I can buy it7 There is even a little smidge of a sweet romance amidst all of the chaos See there’s something for everyone Now go read it

  9. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    The next stop in my end of the world reading marathon was Robert McCammon's post apocalyptic epic Swan Song Published in 1987 nine years after Stephen King's The Stand the story follows two bands of survivors one representing good the other evil as they make their way across what used to be America while a supernatural being no less than Old Scratch himself seeks to undermine the good souls and shift the battle onto the side of evil Yes kids eeriely similar to The Stand More on that laterThe tale begins on July 16 with the President of the United States a former astronaut facing a world in crisis Eight months ago the Soviet Union unleashed nuclear and chemical strikes on Afghanistan A twelve and a half kiloton nuclear device has leveled half of Beirut with dozens of terrorist groups claiming responsibility India and Pakistan have exchanged nuclear and chemical strikes and Ira and Iran follow suit American and Soviet naval and air forces shadow each other over the Persian Gulf while off Key West a trigger happy US fighter jet sends a missile into a crippled Russian sub The USSR responds by blinding American satellites The President is adamant that he will not start World War III but his advisers remark that the world is already at war In a game of brinkmanship he reluctantly gives the A OK to intercept Soviet submarines on the seas Meanwhile several Americans go about the last day of their rest of their lives In Manhattan bag lady Sister Creep whose regular life ended with drunk driving and its aftermath opens up a razorblade on two men who assault her Sister uses her last bit of change to enter the subway where she seeks shelter in a tunnel plagued by bad memories of what sent her here in the first place In Concordia Kansas professional wrestler Black Frankenstein alias Josh Hutchins resorts to some stagecraft when his opponent injures himself and risks allowing the bad guy to win the bout Unlike his character Josh is one of the good guys with a wife and two sons in Mobile and a love for donuts In Wichita Sue Wanda Prescott tends to a garden she's planted outside the mobile home she shares with her stripper mom Darleen and uncle Swan who has a gift for growing things and seeing into people unnerves her mom's latest boyfriend and after he slaps Darleen mother and daughter hit the road In Idaho the Croninger family wind their RV up Blue Dome Mountain where they're bought a two week time share in Earth House an underground compound managed by Vietnam veteran Colonel James Macklin The young Roland Croninger a geek for computers and strategy games is not impressed with the middle aged war hero while his mother observes numerous drainage problems in the mountain fortressThese are the unlucky ones who survive the global thermonuclear war that begins at 1016 am ESTSister Creep emerges from the subway to find her favorite spot in the city a glassworks shop destroyed along with all the other buildings Amid the ruins she discovers a ring of glass forged by the nuclear fire into a priceless jewel which seems to enable the bearer to dreamwalk great distances and see fantastic things The ring gives hope to each of the shellshocked survivors Sister reluctantly gathers up to lead through the flooding Holland Tunnel to safety Josh meets Swan Doreen at a gas station near a cornfield in Kansas where the locusts seem to sense something headed their way Swan feels it next but is unable to alert the grownups before missile silos in the cornfield open and fire ICBMs into the atmosphere In the retaliatory strike that follows Josh Swan Doreen are buried in a fallout shelter under the gas stationColonel Macklin and the staff of Earth House track World War III in real time and seal the mountain as they've drilled for countless times Located far from any likely targets they watch in disbelief as a US missile headed for Russia malfunctions and explodes close enough to hit the compound with a shockwave The faulty drainage system turns the mountain in a tomb separating Roland from his parents The boy loses his mind but finds a new patron in Colonel Macklin whom he rescues from the rubble and helps escape to the surfaceIn New Jersey Sister Creep encounters a survivor who gives the name of Doyle Halland and claims to be a priest Something about the man and the way he appeared suddenly makes Sister uneasy He becomes fixated on the ring she's carrying after seeing the effect it has on other survivors Halland reveals himself to be something less than human and far worse a creature of many different faces and names The Man With the Scarlet Eye among them who's taken a front row seat to every genocide in history Sister manages to escape and using the ring begins to experience visions of a special girl in KansasThis takes us through page 267 of 956 or roughly one third of the book By the conclusion I kept hoping it would never endIn Stephen King's anthology Four Past Midnight the story The Library Policeman features an exchange between librarian Mrs Lortz and a realtor named Sam Peebles who feels the librarian's borrowing instructions to the kids seem harsh She replies Their favorite novel was a paperback original called Swan Song It's a horror novel by a man named Robert McCammon We can't keep it in stock Sam They read each new copy to rags in weeks I had a copy put in Vinabind but of course it was stolen By one of the bad children If that's not an endorsement from Uncle Stevie I don't know what is I first read Swan Song in high school and revisiting this 25 years later am happy to say that I was even enthralled the second time around Once I uit comparing it to The Stand which I read recently for the first time and still had very fresh on my mind and simply submitted to McCammon's fits of imagination and gift of majestic storytelling I never looked backWith The Stand King's characters all seemed to me like they could be found in the same hardware store in Maine and while King knows those characters their pasts and their personalities extremely well McCammon jets the reader out of the hardware store and scatters us to four corners of the country introducing characters I found much diverse and almost as compellingThe Man with the Scarlet Eye alias Doyle Halland alias Friend is as close as I've seen an author get to using Sympathy For the Devil by The Rolling Stones to bring a character to life He's introduced in a sleazy theater in Times Suare watching Faces of Death III laughing at the carnage looking for himself on screen and giving the employees the creeps Strangely none of the staff members can agree on what the man looks like and are reminded of painful memories while in proximity to him Spook CentralOne aspect of Swan Song I found wonderfully novel was the introduction of a skin condition among some of the survivors that becomes known as Job's Mask which starts off as facial warts that begin to connect through tendrils and eventually wrap the sufferer's entire face in a thick mask Those afflicted suffer great pain over many months and years as their facial structure itself begins to be altered altered into what becomes one of the great uestions in the bookMy only complaint about Swan Song is one that I reserve for every paperback I've picked up with McCammon's name on the cover and that's how awful the art is Granted McCammon's output in the '80s and '90s trafficked in demons aliens and werewolves but these covers look like something a demon alien or werewolf coughed up Any illustrator with a love for these novels could do a certifiably better job of capturing the majesty and scope of the storytelling When reading a McCammon book in public I actually turn the cover over so nobody will see what I'm reading That's how bad this artwork is Swan Song is not for the faint of heart but what I found most remarkable about it is the lengths McCammon goes to render the country barren and why The United States is cloaked in nuclear winter The earth and bodies of water have been polluted Rats are a good meal and for water melted snow which often makes those forced to sip it ill At night wolves come out of the woods to feed and later things that no carnival freakshow could conjure up Sunlight has vanished and along with it hope What happens when the characters finally come together in Missouri and begin to build a community where previously there were only survivors waiting for neighbors to die so they could steal clothes or food is I was watching them like a kid would some string beans he'd planted I was invested emotionally in the transformation of the wasteland into something resembling a home and when it comes under attack I was hooked into seeing it protected I haven't come this close to talking to a book in some time

  10. Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror says:

    So in a month and a half I finished Swan SongThis epic apocalyptic story has been a part of my life forever in the background of my mind for so many days it will feel weird for awhile to not be continuing on in the journey but I know that it doesn't really completely go away Now it's a part of the frameworkI've heard a lot of people compare this book to Stephen King's The StandI have no idea why other than this is a story that is both apocalyptic and horrific There is a prolific antagonist that may or may not be the devil but for me that's where the similarities endMcCammon leans a little heavier on fantasymagical realism here so in a way I found this book to be comparable to the Lord of the Rings actuallyWe follow a few groups of travelers who go through tremendous trials in order to meet their end goal Both groups of travelers are protecting a very special giftThe gifts are supernaturally trying to come together and for 900 pages it is our very special treat to watch events unfold and experience Robert McCammon's uniue talent of both exceptional storytelling and character buildingIn particular I found McCammon's bad guys immensely compelling Especially the character Roland who we meet as a child a creepy child and get to watch him grow into a monster I looked forward to the chapters with Roland's storyOther favorites were our protagonistsheroes Swan Josh and Sister Not going to go into the plot or overshare here because truly if you're a fan of horror and epic dystopian adventures this one is a MUST and it needs to be full of individual discovery My own feelingsThis is my third Robert McCammon novel and I'm falling in love with his writing style He's much warmer on the details than Stephen King actually His wheelhouse is drawing the reader into a strangely intimate headspace where the experiences the characters go through feel familiar; nostalgic and easy to relate toSwan Song is an emotional read for me I disappeared into its pages in an unexplainable immersive way it was almost unreadable at work because time would go by so uickly it felt as though I didn't even have a lunch break so I mainly read this one at home at night in my bed Readers who have a faith in something bigger than themselves a spiritual background will enjoy the way Robert McCammon handles that with some of his believing charactersSo I'll leave with my recommendation hereThis book is amazing I loved every page of it The book never felt idle each word bore intention and purpose I was never bored or confused I felt like I was sitting at the feet of an experienced storyteller telling me the most epic fully fleshed out story of his career Boy's Life is still my favorite though hahahah The Listener would be second and this book is a solid third favorite If you haven't read this one you must buy it and carve out ample space in your TBR to enjoy it Savor it

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