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text 2017-07-22 16:19
Swan Song: 51%
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon,Tom Stechschulte

Did the story just jump 7 years forward? That was disorienting. 

 

Comparisons with The Stand are inevitable, of course, and I was thinking how differently people, in general, were behaving in the aftermath of the apocalypse, and that McCammon must have a much darker view of humanity's essential nature than King does. Then it occurred to me that there is an enormous difference that could account for it - resources. In The Stand, a virus wipes out most of the people, but leaves nature and natural resources intact, along with most of the man-made resources, so there are few humans, but an abundance of food, shelter, and fuel. McCammon's is a nuclear apocalypse, so there seem to be more people, but scarce life-sustaining resources in a hostile natural environment. 

 

So, yeah, of course people are going to behave differently. 

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text 2017-07-19 15:44
Swan Song: 23%
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon,Tom Stechschulte

That boy is one sick little bastard. I suspect he's going to be real trouble down the road. 

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text 2017-07-19 02:48
Swan Song: 16%
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon,Tom Stechschulte

Damn. That was gross. 

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text 2017-07-18 15:02
Swan Song 9%
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon,Tom Stechschulte

I can see why there are so many comparisons of this book to The Stand. It does seem to begin with a similar construction - lots of random characters of both white hat and black hat variety, religious fervor, and a supernatural creature who delights in death and destruction. That scene, btw, of him (it?) in the theater was super creepy.

 

This is pretty dated, but still plenty of fun so far. 

 

 

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text 2017-07-17 19:10
Swan Song: 2%
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon,Tom Stechschulte

This is really interesting so far, but I might have made a mistake in listening to the audio of this 1987 story of apocalypse & aftermath concurrently with reading Andromeda Strain, a 1969 story of an almost-apocalypse. Both feature federal government Cold War shenanigans, and my brain keeps mixing up the storylines. 

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