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3.0 out of 5 stars Swan Song does not beat around the bush, 25 Dec. 2011
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I finished the book and had fun. But:

the author doesn't beat around the bush with all it's biblical references and the way it hammers the point across. There are no subtle meanings, characters or dialogues here. Every character has one motto, so that we all understand what motivates them, which they repeat throughout the entire book. And if it's not clear enough then characters rise from the dead with eyes aflame to tell them what to do. "Protect the girl!"

I shook my head numerous times, it's almost sort of demeaning us readers. Also, as an atheist, it's okay for me to read a book where people believe in God, but when the book does not have one doubt whatsoever about the existence in the Christian God and every character shares this lack of doubt, it sort of does not suspend my disbelief. So for future readers: God exists in this story. Once you've accepted that the rest becomes easier to believe/read.

Also this book could've used some proper editing. First off; the entire first part of the book is unnecessary backstory; it's a post-apocalyptic story that starts about a hundred pages too soon. You know - when the apocalypse hasn't happened yet. I've already mentioned the lack of subtlety, the repetitions of motto's, the black and whiteness of characters with either good or bad souls, characters named Joshua, towns named Mary's Rest and diseases called Job's Mask.

But as I said, I both liked and finished the 900 plus paged story, but I felt the need to sort of make a complaint to all the other raving 5 star reviews for this book, because it certainly isn't a brilliant literary masterpiece. Swan Song is a fun to read post apocalyptic story about faith and hope and goodness of the soul, written by a christian devout who's seen a bit too many B films.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 14:33:31 GMT
Ticked Off says:
I found your review very interesting. I have to say that as a fellow athiest, I didn't find anything to complain about in the god references. Like Stephen King's The Stand, the book is about a band of survivors being drawn into a battle between good and evil for the fate of the world. Naturally this means god is a heavy presence. As is the devil. That to me is no more offensive than reading, say, a horror novel like The Exorcist. It comes with the territory. For my money, Swan Song is still the best post-apocolyptic novel I've yet read.

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Posted on 14 Mar 2012 13:45:32 GMT
I'm a Buddhist and didn't really get an overly Christian impression from the book - just the fight between good and evil regardless of faith. For me it was more about human nature and choices made during extreme circumstances. Incidentally, still the best book I ever read, and it's now 25 years of avid book-reading later.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 18:48:42 BDT
pemsbooks says:
Hi , indeed a good book (one of the best ). Have you read ; The man in the High Castle by Philip k. Dick ? ...........if not, do so - you'll not be sorry . Regards, Mark
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