July 22nd, 2012


Book Review: Swan Song, by Robert McCammon

Didn't Stephen King write this one already?

Swan Song

Pocket Books, 1987, 956 pages

In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets; Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station; and Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels alongside Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gifts. But the ancient force behind earth's devastation is scouring the walking wounded for recruits for its relentless army, beginning with Swan herself.

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Verdict: You will love this book exactly as much as you love great big cheesy epic doorstoppers. Swan Song is really a fantasy novel disguised as a post-apocalyptic thriller. Comparisons to Stephen King's The Stand are inevitable, but don't detract from this book, which stands on its own just fine for what it is.

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