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I have not finished the book yet, so I will wait to write my comments on it until I am done. But those of you who have finished it can post your thoughts, comments and questions about the book here.
Did you enjoy reading the book? What do you think of the story? Would you recommend the book to others? What are your favorite parts? Are there any quotes from the book that you especially like and want to post?
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This has got to be one of my favorite all time books. I really enjoy the characters, story, everything.
I was really hoping that Archie would make a reappearance at some point in the story after separating from Sister. It kind of makes me sad that he probably died long before the story ended.
Also, I was hoping that whatever force possessed Paw Paw underneath his store would show up again, but it never does, and I suppose we are left to our on devices as to what it was.
I really enjoy the way that McCammon makes you like even the evil characters. Despite the horrible acts that Macklin and Roland commit throughout the book, you still can't help but to root for them. Me anyway.
And then there's Scarlet Eye/Friend, who is just awesome. How many other villians want to Watusi people's bones to dust? And I love the way that he seems to view himself as good. He calls Swan and the crown evil numerous times because they spread hope to humanity and hence would prolonge our miserable existance, therefore being inhumane.
And I also would like to add one of my favorite quotes in the book: "Oh... wow", Alvin Mangrim's last words.
There was one little piece of the plot that confused me however, and that would be the end. Friend flies on out of the bunker through a vent, not through the door. And yet Swan shuts the door and throws away the key, because now no one can get inside. But couldn't Friend just pop back in through the vent and atart it back up? He was there when the Prez entered in the startup code, so i didn't fully understand that.
That's all I got for now.
Perhaps it's just me, but I didn't like the magic. The story tries to be somewhat realistic as to how the world would be after a nuclear war, and the magic detracts from the realism. I would much prefer a story to be true as to how things would go. I suppose I could accept friend and the Job's masks as an allegory to evil and good, but the story already has Roland and Macklin for that.
Otherwise I think this story was great. I love the journey and the human element of people helping others through the dark days and sharing what little food they have.