Swan Song


Author: Robert McCammon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501131427
Category: Fiction
Page: 928
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"In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of humanity: Sister, who discovers a strange and transformative glass artifact in the destroyed Manhattan streets; Joshua Hutchins, the pro wrestler who takes refuge from the nuclear fallout at a Nebraska gas station; and Swan, a young girl possessing special powers, who travels along Josh to a Missouri town where healing and recovery can begin with Swan's gift"--

Swan Song


Author: Robert R. McCammon
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453231528
Category: Fiction
Page: 856
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New York Times Bestseller: A young girl’s visions offer the last hope in a postapocalyptic wasteland in this “grand and disturbing adventure” (Dean Koontz). A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Swan is a nine-year-old Idaho girl following her struggling mother from one trailer park to the next when she receives visions of doom—something far wider than the narrow scope of her own beleaguered life. In a blinding flash, nuclear bombs annihilate civilization, leaving only a few buried survivors to crawl onto a scorched landscape that was once America. In Manhattan, a homeless woman stumbles from the sewers, guided by the prophecies of a mysterious amulet, and pursued by something wicked; on Idaho’s Blue Dome Mountain, an orphaned boy falls under the influence of depraved survivalists and discovers the value of a killer instinct; and amid the devastating dust storms on the Great Plains of Nebraska, Swan forms a heart-and-soul bond with an unlikely new companion. Soon they will cross paths. But only Swan knows that they must endure more than just a trek across an irradiated country of mutated animals, starvation, madmen, and wasteland warriors. Swan’s visions tell of a coming malevolent force. It’s a shape-shifting embodiment of the apocalypse, and of all that is evil and despairing. And it’s hell-bent on destroying the last hope of goodness and purity in the world. Swan is that hope. Now, she must fight not only for her own survival, but for that of all mankind. A winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, Swan Song has become a modern classic, called “a chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end” by John Saul and “a long, satisfying look at hell and salvation” by Publishers Weekly.

Swan Song


Author: Robert McCammon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439156735
Category: Fiction
Page: 864
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In a nightmarish, post-holocaust world, an ancient evil roams a devastated America, gathering the forces of human greed and madness, searching for a child named Swan who possesses the gift of life.

Swansong


Author: Kerry Andrew
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781784704926
Category:
Page: 480
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In this stunningly assured, immersive and vividly atmospheric first novel, a young woman comes face-to-face with the volatile, haunted wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Polly Vaughan is trying to escape the ravaging guilt of a disturbing incident in London by heading north to the Scottish Highlands. As soon as she arrives, this spirited, funny, alert young woman goes looking for drink, drugs and sex - finding them all quickly, and unsatisfactorily, with the barman in the only pub. She also finds a fresh kind of fear, alone in this eerie, myth-drenched landscape. Increasingly prone to visions or visitations - floating white shapes in the waters of the loch or in the woods - she is terrified and fascinated by a man she came across in the forest on her first evening, apparently tearing apart a bird. Who is this strange loner? And what is his sinister secret? Kerry Andrew is a fresh new voice in British fiction; one that comes from a deep understanding of the folk songs, mythologies and oral traditions of these islands. Her powerful metaphoric language gives Swansong a charged, hallucinatory quality that is unique, uncanny and deeply disquieting.

Swan Song


Author: Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473543932
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
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'A completely fascinating novel and a marvellously skilful re-imagining of real people, times and places. Outstanding.' – William Boyd ___________________________ They told him everything. He told everyone else. Over countless martini-soaked Manhattan lunches, they shared their deepest secrets and greatest fears. On exclusive yachts sailing the Mediterranean, on private jets streaming towards Jamaica, on Yucatán beaches in secluded bays, they gossiped about sex, power, money, love and fame. They never imagined he would betray them so absolutely. In the autumn of 1975, after two decades of intimate friendships, Truman Capote detonated a literary grenade, forever rupturing the elite circle he’d worked so hard to infiltrate. Why did he do it, knowing what he stood to lose? Was it to punish them? To make them pay for their manners, money and celebrated names? Or did he simply refuse to believe that they could ever stop loving him? Whatever the motive, one thing remains indisputable: nine years after achieving wild success with In Cold Blood, Capote committed an act of professional and social suicide with his most lethal of weapons . . . Words. A dazzling debut about the line between gossip and slander, self-creation and self-preservation, SWAN SONG is the tragic story of the literary icon of his age and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his Swans. ‘Writers write. And one can’t be surprised if they write what they know.’ ______________________________ 'A dazzlingly assured first novel.' - Sunday Times 'Scandalous, frenetic, amusing and tragic.' – Daily Mail 'A whirlwind of a first novel...a wonderful blaze of eccentricity. Outstanding.' – Rose Tremain 'Our generation’s The Secret History' – Pendora 'Brilliantly written, deeply researched, funny, sharp and moving.' – Kate Williams, bestselling author of Josephine

Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich


Author: Walter Kempowski
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 039324816X
Category: History
Page: 512
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A monumental work of history that captures the last days of the Third Reich as never before. Swansong 1945 chronicles the end of Nazi Germany and World War II in Europe through hundreds of letters, diaries, and autobiographical accounts covering four days that fateful spring: Hitler’s birthday on April 20, American and Soviet troops meeting at the Elbe on April 25, Hitler’s suicide on April 30, and finally the German surrender on May 8. Side by side, we encounter vivid, first-person accounts of civilians fleeing Berlin, ordinary German soldiers determined to fight to the bitter end, American POWs dreaming of home, concentration-camp survivors’ first descriptions of their horrific experiences, as well as the intimate thoughts of figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Stalin, Joseph Goebbels, and Hitler himself. These firsthand accounts, painstakingly collected and organized by renowned German author Walter Kempowski, provide the raw material of history and present a panoramic view of those tumultuous days. The more than 1,000 extracts include a British soldier writing to his parents to tell them there are no baths but plenty of eggs and chocolate, an American soldier describing “the tremendous burst of lilacs” as he approaches the Elbe, Mussolini wishing Hitler a happy birthday, Eva Braun bragging to a girlfriend about what a “crack shot” she’s become, and much more. An extraordinary account of suffering and survival, Swansong 1945 brings to life the end of Nazi Germany and the war in Europe.

Swan Song


Author: Edmund Crispin
Publisher: Ipso Books
ISBN: 1504048660
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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This playful whodunit featuring an Oxford don and a permanently silenced opera singer is “a splendidly intricate and superior locked-room mystery” (The New York Times). When an opera company gathers in Oxford for the first postwar production of Wagner's Die Meistersinger, its happiness is soon soured by the discovery that the unpleasant Edwin Shorthouse will be singing a leading role. Nearly everyone involved has reason to loathe Shorthouse, but who amongst them has the fiendish ingenuity to kill him in his own locked dressing room? In the course of this entertaining adventure, eccentric Oxford professor and amateur sleuth Gervase Fen has to unravel two murders, cope with the unpredictability of the artistic temperament, and attempt to encourage the course of true love. “One of the last exponents of the classical English detective story . . . elegant, literate, and funny.” —The Times of London “[Crispin’s] books are fast, fun and smart, their hero charming, frivolous, brilliant and badly behaved.” —New Review

Swansong

The Paul Kelly Story
Author: Paul Kelly
Publisher: Virago Press
ISBN: 9780733310287
Category: Australian football players
Page: 264
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Australia-wide, Paul Kelly is known as one of AFL's most courageous and best-known players. Captain of the Sydney Swans for ten consecutive seasons, he has played more than 200 games since his debut in 1990. In 1995 he won the coveted Brownlow Medal and the following year led the Swans in their first Grand Final appearance for 51 years, an undreamed-of feat. This is Paul Kelly's own story, from his first game of football as a shy ten-year-old kid from Wagga-Wagga, to his arrival in Sydney and his struggle for a place in the Sydney Swans. Only three years later he was made captain, the youngest in the League, and he has gone on from there to earn the nickname of Captain Courageous, triumphing despite injury to becomeone of AFL's most inspiring leaders. This book also has comments and portraits of many other great characters in football - from Kelly's first coach Ray Carroll to his mate Tony 'Plugger' Lockett - all of whom share their own Paul Kelly stories.

Swan Song


Author: Colin Thiele
Publisher: Lothian Children's Books
ISBN: 0734414234
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 192
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An adventure story combining excitement, drama, tragedy and hope, set in a fragile natural environment. In Swan Song, Colin Thiele revisits the Coorong, the haunting setting of his classic story STORM BOY. Mitch Bird also lives in the Coorong. The son of a wildlife ranger, he rears a black swan which becomes his constant companion and ultimately helps save his life.

Swan Song

England Literature
Author: John Galsworthy
Publisher: 谷月社
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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In Washington, District of Columbia, the "Fall" sun shone, and all that was not evergreen or stone in Rock Creek Cemetery was glowing. Before the Saint Gaudens statue Soames Forsyte sat on his overcoat, with the marble screen to his back, enjoying the seclusion and a streak of sunlight passaging between the cypresses. With his daughter and her husband he had been up here already, the afternoon before, and had taken a fancy to the place. Apart from the general attraction of a cemetery, this statue awakened the connoisseur within him. Though not a thing you could acquire, it was undoubtedly a work of art, and produced a very marked effect. He did not remember a statue that made him feel so thoroughly at home. That great greenish bronze figure of seated woman within the hooding folds of her ample cloak seemed to carry him down to the bottom of his own soul. Yesterday, in the presence of Fleur, Michael, and other people, all gaping like himself, he had not so much noted the mood of the thing as its technical excellence, but now, alone, he could enjoy the luxury of his own sensations. Some called it "Grief," some "The Adams Memorial." He didn't know, but in any case there it was, the best thing he had come across in America, the one that gave him the most pleasure, in spite of all the water he had seen at Niagara and those skyscrapers in New York. Three times he had changed his position on that crescent marble seat, varying his sensations every time. From his present position the woman had passed beyond grief. She sat in a frozen acceptance deeper than death itself, very remarkable! There was something about death! He remembered his own father, James, a quarter of an hour after death, as if--as if he had been told at last! A red-oak leaf fell on to his lapel, another on to his knee; Soames did not brush them off. Easy to sit still in front of that thing! They ought to make America sit there once a week!

Swan Song

Hooded Swan
Author: Brian Stableford
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434437655
Category: Fiction
Page: 152
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In a galactic culture that extends from quasi-Utopian worlds such as New Alexandria to vermin-infested slums like Old Earth, the Star-Pilots have become the great heroes of the day. Grainger has become a legend in his own time, flying the prototype vessel of a new starship.... Having escaped from his contract with Charlot, Grainger is hounded by the Caradoc Commpany, who wants to extract everything from his brain about his former employer. But Charlot has other plans, and Grainger suddenly finds himself back on the Hooded Swan, leading a rescue mission for the Swan's sister ship in the bizarre Nightingale Nebula. This last voyage proves costlier than the previous ones, as Grainger must risk not only his life--but his very soul! Hooded Swan, Book Six.

Swansong


Author: Victoria Routledge
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9780743415194
Category: Brothers
Page: 519
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Patrick, Robert, Greg and Barney Mulligan have little in common apart from their mother Rosetta's dark brown eyes, a certain bloody-mindedness, and the kind of mutual suspicion which only flourishes successfully in larger families. In fact, the sole thing they agree on is that mild-mannered Brian, logistics manager turned global tour co-ordinator, cannot possibly be their father. And that there is nothing glamorous about a tour-bus toilet. Rosetta was not a conventional mother - 'Mum' being a banned word, for a start - and for twenty years, she has resisted tempting offers to write about her life on the road. But with Barney, her adored last chick, about to be shoved from the nest, and newly remarried Brian on the verge of mid-life fatherhood with his Swiss masseuse wife, the time seems right to parcel up her past and move on. The trouble is, how much of it will be news to her boys?

Swansong


Author: Rose Christo
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781490520285
Category: Fiction
Page: 468
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Wendy Rozas doesn't remember the car wreck that claimed her parents' and best friend's lives. Wendy doesn't understand why she still suffers crippling migraines months after brain surgery. Wendy doesn't know why her headaches coincide with strange, inexplicable accidents. Azel Asad wants to help Wendy. Azel is a high school senior, an Arabian expat, and the only person left in Oregon who doesn't think Wendy is losing her mind. Wendy may not be losing her mind. But what awaits there is a shrouded labyrinth of secrets and lies--a tangled web where neuroscience intersects with the unknown--and a tremendous truth that may not be worth uncovering.

The Swan Song

A Study in Terror
Author: Mike Johnson
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
ISBN: 9780573692031
Category:
Page: 98
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Swan song


Author: Henry Van McNeal
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 71
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Swan Song


Author: J. Patrick Lewis
Publisher: Creative Editions
ISBN: 9781568461755
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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Contains poems about the world's extinct animals.

Bartók's Viola Concerto

The Remarkable Story of His Swansong
Author: Donald Maurice
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195156900
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 222
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When Bela Bartók died in September of 1945, he left a partially completed viola concerto commissioned by the virtuoso violist William Primrose. Yet, while no definitive version of the work exists, this concerto has become arguably the most-performed viola concerto in the world. The story of how the concerto came to be, from its commissioning by Primrose to its first performance to the several completions that are performed today is told here in Bartók's Viola Concerto:The Remarkable Story of His Swansong. After Bartók's death, his family asked the composer's friend Tibor Serly to look over the sketches of the concerto and to prepare it for publication. While a draft was ready, it took Serly years to assemble the sketches into a complete piece. In 1949, Primrose finally unveiled it, at a premiere performance with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. For almost half a century, the Serly version enjoyed great popularity among the viola community, even while it faced charges of inauthenticity. In the 1990s, several revisions appeared and, in 1995, the composer's son, Peter Bartók, released a revision, opening the way or an intensified debate on the authenticity of the multiple versions. This debate continues as violists and Bartók scholars seek the definitive version of this final work of Hungary's greatest composer. Bartók's Viola Concerto tells the story of the genesis and completion of Bartók's viola concerto, its reception over the second half of the twentieth century, its revisions, and future possibilities.

The Stand


Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780385528856
Category: Fiction
Page: 1200
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Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published. A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity. (This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Edition.) From the Trade Paperback edition.

Swan Song

A Short Story
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062302779
Category: Fiction
Page: 100
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Previously published in the print anthology The Golden Ball and Other Stories. Famed soprano Paula Nazorkoff is invited to give a private performance at Rustonbury Castle. She accepts, since the castle is close to the home of the world-famous retired baritone Breon. What ensues is a story of passion and revenge in which old scores are settled at last.

Swansong


Author: Damien Boyd
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 9781477828601
Category: Fiction
Page: 273
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Detective Inspector Nick Dixon is sent undercover as a trainee teacher at a boarding school to find the killer of Isobel Swan, a murdered sixth form student. To find the killer, Dixon must first confront his inner demons and lay to rest the ghosts lurking in his own past.