I kept putting off reading this book because of it's size, but *WOW* what a read it was! This was one of those books that pulled me in from the very beginning and I did not want to put it down - I even lost sleep wanting to read into the wee hours of the night. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it.
In a word- epic. This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's a post apocalyptic masterpiece. The characters are unforgettable. The plot is fascinating. It's horrifying and bleak and desolate yet uplifting and beautiful at the same time. To mention 'The Stand' and 'Swan Song' in the same sentence is laughable and insulting. 'Swan Song' absolutely blows 'The Stand' out of the water.
This book was recommended to me based on the fact that I liked Stephen King's The Stand. It was readable, but went on a little too long for me with its 956 pages. I just wasn't engrossed in the reading. It was a lot like The Stand, but the horror genre is really not one I'm too fond of. I do know people who LOVED Swan Song, so don't let my review keep you from reading it.
When I finish a book, I post it here to The Swap and find my next. However, Swan Song is one of the few books I own and won't give away. I've read it 3 times so far and soon will read it again.
Don't let the size of this volume intimidate you... once you're engrossed by these characters and their converging stories you'll be glad there's so much to the story to tell.
If you loved King's The Stand, you'll love Swan Song: another post-apocalyptic novel with a broad cast of characters in a battle of good vs. evil, but with an even better ending.
I read this book last summer and couldn't put it down. It reminded me of Steven Kings' "The Stand"... the ultimate good v. evil end of all times book. The characters were very well detailed and the story had some very interesting plot turns.
This is a post-apocalyptic story about several different groups of individuals struggling to survive in a post-nuclear environment. The story was entertaining, and I really enjoyed some of the characters - especially Paul Thorson. It wasn't great in my opinion - especially when compared to The Stand. I felt that the book was a bit longer than it needed to be. I thought that it was a very fast read.
I loved this book! This book has everything in it: terror, romance, the end of the world, a new beginning, unlikely friendships. There is nothing bad I could say about this book. It is similar to "The Stand" by Stephen King, but I thought Swan Song was even better! I read it when it first came out and it is one of those that I revisit every few years... I don't think I will ever get tired of it.
I so loved this book. The end has stayed with me for years and years. I first heard of this book because Stephen King recommneded it somewhere, and it was a true find. This isn't a light hearted story, but it's an important moral tale with wonderful characters and vivid imagery.
Awesome read it in the 80's and waited a very long time to read it again finished it on 2/9/2007 my 15 year old daughter read it and loved it.....Can't wait for the next 20 years so I can read it again.
Probably the best book I've ever read. It starts to drag a bit at the end which was surprising considering how good the rest of the book was but still 100% worth reading. I wish I new more people who read so I could make them read this.
I loved The Stand, but this by far is better. Stupendous. Amazing. You will never forget the story after you have read it. Especially if you grew up during the cold war and nuclear fear. I guess we should never forget the fear of nuclear war, it could still happen.
As World War III begins we meet several characters; Sister Creep, Josh Harnell, Sue Wanda and her mother, the President of the United States, Col.Jim Macklin and Roland an young boy. "Swan Song" is a story of survival and the battle between good and evil after the unthinkable happens. Much like Stephen Kings "The Stand" this book details the horrors of a nuclear holocaust and its aftermath. One of the better examples of Post Apocalyptic fiction.
Well written an excellent read.
This book is one of my favorites. My poor paperback edition is worn from my reading it many times! It's one book I would not get rid of. The characters are wonderful, the story is gripping. The book is long, but you get so engrossed in it you really don't realize how long it is. I read it in two days the first time. I highly recommend this one!
This is McCammon's ode to Stephen King's "the Stand". It is equal in terror and in length, but a fantastic read of good against evil in the midst of a nuclear winter left after man destroys man. The characters are so well developed as he always does, that you cant stand for a single one to die, however as you know most do in awful ways. Awesome Book.
Thi sis one of my favorite books. I have read it over and over about 6 times and my copy is well dogeared. It is a well woven story of what is to be the end of the world and how one small insignificant child made a difference to everyone around her bringing about hope and strength to the communitee she settled in........a must read.
This is one of my all time favorites. I felt it was much better than The Stand and I am a Stephen King fan. The characters are rich and engaging and the plot moves smoothly. I have read it twice even though I am a very slow reader and it is a rather long book.
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.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
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 her. But those who would protect the girl are determined to fight for what is left of the world--and their souls.
In a wasteland born of rage, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the last survivors on earth have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity....
Excellent book-- If you enjoyed 'The Stand' by Stephen King you will enjoy this book
An ancient evil roams the blasted, nightmare country, an evil as old as time. He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, the Man of Many Faces, gathering under his power the forces of human greed and madness. He is seeking to destroy a child, the one called Swan!
I enjoyed this book. It's 956 pages so it lasted a little while. Here is part of the blurb at the begining of the book.
In the wasteland of New York City, a bag lady clutches a strange bejeweled ring and feels magic coursing through her...
Within an Idaho mountain, a survivalist compound lies in ruins, and a young boy learns how to kill...
In a wasteland born of nuclear rage, in a world of mutant animals and marauding armies, three bands of survivors journey toward destiny-drawn into the final struggle between annihilation and life!
An amazing post apocalyptic epic tale! There are some unique characters to cheer for or abhor and a little of everything in this book. It is an emotional roller coaster ride, from scary to uplifting. I love all McCammon's books and I don't know why it took me so many years to get around to this one. It is dated and sometimes I was taken aback by things that reminded me how different the world is in some ways. The World Trade Center was still standing, the cold war was the fear in those days and bottled water wasn't in every household. I enjoyed this from beginning to end!
A very, first, disturbing, horrific journey and then enlightening book.
A story that takes you from the personal horrors of the individual characters to the more horrific horrors of a world changed forever. Their personal horrors plague them as they try to figure what to do and how to survive the global nuclear winter that comes after everything they knew is gone.
This book pulls no punches in the awful conflict that occurs or how individuals choose to deal with the aftermath. There are those that do awful, horrific, unimaginable things that most of us couldn't ever think of, to those that are just trying to survive and try to help each other in the smallest of ways. The descriptions bring pictures to your mind that you don't want to see but are needed to propel the story forward. You don't want to believe that these things would ever happen but in the back of your mind you know would happen...many are graphic and in many places the characters themselves voice how awful it all is.
A very difficult read but in the end it becomes hopeful and you understand the journey through the book. In the end there is a rather surprising way that may or may not seem possible but it lends to the conclusion in the way the author saw it, which gives the reader a different view point.
I almost put this book down a few times while reading it because the material was so difficult and disturbing to read. I'm glad I read it all the way through now because it was a very good story. As for all the disturbing parts, which is most of the book, its what nuclear war would be most likely and sadly the way survival after the war would be, as hard as it is to say that. If it weren't for the awful we would forget to not push the buttons and have to remind others that what would come after doesn't mean it would be better than what we have now.
The cover on my book is worn and ripped at the corner. The pages are in great shape. This is my VERY favorite book!!! Read it & lent it out many times over!! My daughter & I both thought it was better than The Stand.