History Literature / SwanSong

15th Jan '16 9:53:17 PM nombretomado
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Sister finds a [[MacGuffin ring of glass, like a crown]] in the ruins of Tiffany's, that proves to have strange powers and which the BigBad, a demonic figure known as the Man with the Scarlet Eye, is willing to hunt down and kill everyone for. Via DreamingOfThingsToCome she knows she has to get it to Swan, who can use it to bring life back to the destroyed land or humanity may never recover. It's a long, exceptionally detailed book, beautiful in places and [[{{Squick}} really squicky]] in others, and not for the weak of stomach. Often compared to Stephen King's ''TheStand'', and vice versa.

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Sister finds a [[MacGuffin ring of glass, like a crown]] in the ruins of Tiffany's, that proves to have strange powers and which the BigBad, a demonic figure known as the Man with the Scarlet Eye, is willing to hunt down and kill everyone for. Via DreamingOfThingsToCome she knows she has to get it to Swan, who can use it to bring life back to the destroyed land or humanity may never recover. It's a long, exceptionally detailed book, beautiful in places and [[{{Squick}} really squicky]] in others, and not for the weak of stomach. Often compared to Stephen King's ''TheStand'', ''Literature/TheStand'', and vice versa.
16th May '15 10:50:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedsWithRockets: The nuclear exchange occurs between the USA and Russia; who pushes the button first is left deliberately vague.
16th May '15 10:50:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Swan.
** TheLancer: Sister.
** TheSmartGuy: Hugh Ryan.
** TheBigGuy: Josh Hutchins, former wrestler.
24th Apr '15 2:38:09 AM shamblingdead2
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''Swan Song'' is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] novel by Robert [=McCammon=], starting just prior to WorldWarIII and following a large group of people through the following seven years. There are elements of fantasy woven throughout it, with certain bits of magic proven to be real.

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''Swan Song'' is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] novel by Robert [=McCammon=], Creator/RobertRMcCammon , starting just prior to WorldWarIII and following a large group of people through the following seven years. There are elements of fantasy woven throughout it, with certain bits of magic proven to be real.
3rd Dec '14 12:50:14 PM nombretomado
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* TheDeadliestMushroom: Lots of them, destroying the USA and Russia.

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* TheDeadliestMushroom: [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons The Deadliest Mushroom]]: Lots of them, destroying the USA and Russia.
22nd May '14 4:23:50 PM Angeldeb82
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Sister finds a [[MacGuffin ring of glass, like a crown]] in the ruins of Tiffany's, that proves to have strange powers and which the BigBad, a demonic figure known as the Man with the Scarlet Eye, is willing to hunt down and kill everyone for. Via PropheticDreams she knows she has to get it to Swan, who can use it to bring life back to the destroyed land or humanity may never recover. It's a long, exceptionally detailed book, beautiful in places and [[{{Squick}} really squicky]] in others, and not for the weak of stomach. Often compared to Stephen King's ''TheStand'', and vice versa.

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Sister finds a [[MacGuffin ring of glass, like a crown]] in the ruins of Tiffany's, that proves to have strange powers and which the BigBad, a demonic figure known as the Man with the Scarlet Eye, is willing to hunt down and kill everyone for. Via PropheticDreams DreamingOfThingsToCome she knows she has to get it to Swan, who can use it to bring life back to the destroyed land or humanity may never recover. It's a long, exceptionally detailed book, beautiful in places and [[{{Squick}} really squicky]] in others, and not for the weak of stomach. Often compared to Stephen King's ''TheStand'', and vice versa.



* YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever: Only in [[ScienceMarchesOn retrospect]]; at the time the book was written, it was thought that nuclear winter would play out much like it does in the story.

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* YouFailNuclearPhysicsForever: ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Only in [[ScienceMarchesOn retrospect]]; at the time the book was written, it was thought that nuclear winter would play out much like it does in the story.



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Happens a lot, especially to people near the MacGuffin.



** TheBigBad: Colonel Macklin.

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** TheBigBad: BigBad: Colonel Macklin.



** TheEvilGenius: Alvin Mangrim.
** TheDarkChick: Sheila Fontana.

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** TheEvilGenius: EvilGenius: Alvin Mangrim.
** TheDarkChick: DarkChick: Sheila Fontana.



* HeelFaceTurn: Macklin, come the finish. Naturally [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he pays for it.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: Macklin, come the finish. Naturally [[RedemptionEqualsDeath he pays for it.]]it]].



* MissingMom: Swan's mother [[spoiler: dies of radation poisoning when caught near a nuclear detonation.]]

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* MissingMom: Swan's mother [[spoiler: dies of radation poisoning when caught near a nuclear detonation.]]detonation]].



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sister and Swan. Swan's real name is Sue Wanda; Sister is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that she no longer ''remembers'' her real name.
* PropheticDreams: Happen a lot, especially to people near the MacGuffin.

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sister and Swan. Swan's real name is Sue Wanda; Sister is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} in that she no longer ''remembers'' her real name.
* PropheticDreams: Happen a lot, especially to people near the MacGuffin.
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* TraumaInducedAmnesia: The reason Sister no longer remembers her real name or much of her life before New York is that [[spoiler:her daughter died in a car accident because she had been driving drunk. Her husband left her, and she eventually [[SanitySlippage went crazy]] and became a homeless woman who endlessly preached on street corners.]] Her stability reasserts itself once the bombs have fallen, though she still can't remember her name.

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* TraumaInducedAmnesia: The reason Sister no longer remembers her real name or much of her life before New York is that [[spoiler:her daughter died in a car accident because she had been driving drunk. Her husband left her, and she eventually [[SanitySlippage went crazy]] and became a homeless woman who endlessly preached on street corners.]] corners]]. Her stability reasserts itself once the bombs have fallen, though she still can't remember her name.
2nd Mar '14 1:42:59 PM mlsmithca
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* ShoutOut: The code words to activate the "Talons," a doomsday weapon, are quotes from T.S. Eliot's ''TheWasteLand''.

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* ShoutOut: The code words to activate the "Talons," "Talons", a doomsday weapon, are quotes from T.S. Eliot's ''TheWasteLand''.''Literature/TheWasteLand''.




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16th Dec '13 8:24:38 PM Thanos6
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* EldritchAbomination: When the the Man with the Scarlet Eye reveals what he truly looks like.

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* EldritchAbomination: When the the Man with the Scarlet Eye reveals what he truly looks like.
16th Dec '13 8:24:26 PM Thanos6
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* CrapsackWorld: Even before the bombs fall, the world has gone to hell in a handbasket.



* CrapsackWorld: Even before the bombs fall, the world has gone to hell in a handbasket.



* DragonInChief: It gradually becomes obvious that Roland is this to Macklin, to the reader at first and then eventually to the characters.



* RedsWithRockets: The nuclear exchange occurs between the USA and Russia; who pushes the button first is left deliberately vague..

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* RedsWithRockets: The nuclear exchange occurs between the USA and Russia; who pushes the button first is left deliberately vague..vague.
16th Sep '13 6:58:14 AM Thanos6
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* BigApplesauce: Sister starts out here before the bombs fall.

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* BigApplesauce: BigRottenApple: Sister starts out here before the bombs fall.
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