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review 2018-12-14 19:59
The Listener by Robert M. McCammon
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

I have had a terrible and stressful few weeks (months, really) and am having a difficult time focusing or finding the energy to write a review so this will be much shorter than it deserves.

 

First off, I have to say that The Listener has an opening scene that will cement the villain as one of the worst of all time in my mind. He is truly one of the vilest, evilest, most selfish of monsters that my eyeballs have come across in quite a while. Be warned, be warned, beeeee warned! If you can get through that scene you are good to go.

 

Anyhow, without spoiling things, that vile creature sets off to do more evil and pairs up with a lady who is just as monstrous as himself. Together they plot to hurt innocents for their own selfish gain. But what they don’t expect is a little supernatural twist between the innocents caught in their twisted little plan.

 

This story is disturbing and horrifying and 100% captivating. McCammon is one hell of a beautiful writer and he draws you into his world of villains and innocents and prejudice and pain and kindness and if you don’t root for the good guys to win after all they’ve been through, you might just be a monster as well.

 

The writing in this novel is simply beyond compare. My heart broke time and again and all of my emotions were engaged. This is a story that I will never forget and I say that about almost nothing because things no longer stick in my brain unless they engage my heart.

 

I don’t know what else to say besides READ THIS BOOK. I do not think that you will regret it.

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review 2018-12-14 15:27
Swan Song
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon

I've been wanting to read a big epic novel and was pretty happy when I found Swan Song on Amazon prime. If you've been a fan of horror in the last 30 years you've heard of Robert McCammon and his almost 1,000 page book on the apocalypse. It was written in 1987 when everyone feared a nuclear war was a possibility between the U.S.S.R and the U.S. 

 

This book is a masterpiece on story telling and developing characters who are memorable and go through major transformations. The book follows several characters and is divided into three major storylines in the post-apocalypse world. In this world we have a woman called Sister Creep who was homeless living on the streets of New York; Swan, a young girl with the power to make things grow; Josh an ex wrestler and protector of Swan and Roland who was in an underground bunker when the war started.  Of the three major storys I liked Swan and Sister Creep but I found myself rushing through Roland's story so I could get back to the other two.

 

You could teach a class on novel writing with examples from this book. It may be long but it doesn't feel like it because you care about the characters and you're hoping they can find a better like in this harsh new world. This book mixes elements of fantasy into a realistic world which felt like it could be a reality if you were alive in 1987. This book also has lighter moments like when Swan and Josh enter a Kmart that has been taken over by mental patients and when the come across a circus train. Swan Song runs you through several emotions as you read it and it's hard to put down.

 

One of favorite characters in this book is Sister Creep. I love the idea that one of the main heroes of the story is a crazy woman living on the streets. As she puts it the apocalypse turns her sain again because there is no other way for her to survive this new world.  I also loves Swan who has the tendency to make everyone around her a better person but she still doesn't see herself as special. In one scene early in the book one of her mother's boyfriends stomps her flower garden, rather than getting upset she forgives him. This leaves the boyfriend in shock and shows how special Swan is.

 

This is an epic battle against good and evil set in a world that is like our own but is more bleak thanks to the power struggle between various nations. Another great reason to read this book is that the characters in it our nothing like the heroes you might find in other novels. I dont think you could ever do a movie on this book because the characters aren't the types to transfer over to a visual medium. These characters aren't pretty, they have a rough life and it keeps getting rougher as the story moves along but they keep trying to build a better life despite the odds and the despair all around them. This book is about the triumph of the human spirit and a must read for fans of epic fantasy. 

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text 2018-10-25 17:03
Audible Halloween $6.95 Sale!
Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons
The Collector - John Fowles
Joplin's Ghost - Tananarive Due
Secondhand Spirits - Juliet Blackwell
Thornwood House - Anna Romer
The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson
FantasticLand - Mike Bockoven
Hell House - Richard Matheson
They Thirst - Robert R. McCammon
Cold Moon Over Babylon - Michael McDowell

Oh boy, I took in a huge book haul. Just when I'm fed up on horror and mystery and ready for nothing but non-fantastical fiction for a while. But oh, well, these will keep until I'm ready for chills and thrills again. 

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review 2018-10-03 13:15
Southern Gothic
Usher's Passing - Robert R. McCammon

 

A continuation of the tale by Edgar Allen Poe, about the descendants of Hudson, the brother of Roderick who was killed in the Poe story.

 

Creepy, suspenseful, not too much gore for those who don't like that.  The mystery of the Usher Malady (partially explained), things creeping around the mountain at night, ancient tales that come together in the end.  Stories about previous Usher's and how some of them went completely nutty.  Erik was a right piece of work.

 

A good author to pick up the reins for this.  

I would definitely put this one up there with Swan Song and They Thirst.

 

However, what the hell was the panther thing!  We never do get an explanation for that unless i missed somewhere along the way.

 

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text 2018-09-30 14:15
Reading progress update: I've read 5%.
Usher's Passing - Robert R. McCammon

 

An old Welsh family. Again.

There better not be any corn in this one.

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