First of all apologies if this has already been discussed - I havent been on the forum for a while and realised I missed my fix of SK discussion!
I just wondered what folk thought of the constant comparisons between these two books?
Ive seen Robert McCammon described as a "wannabee" Stephen King - and to be honest I can see the comparisons.
Swan Song had "the baddie" who one could compare to Randall Flagg - it even had the "leaving New York through the tunnel" scene - practically the same scenario - and to my mind quite a few other similar scenes - the group getting together - and the glass crown in Swan Song to me seemed very similar to the talisman searched for by Jack in the "Talisman".
That said I enjoyed the book, I much preferred the Stand though, much better character development and you actually cared about the characters - for me, not so much in Swan Song - it dragged on a little!.
Another of RMcC's books (Boys Life) which I thoroughly enjoyed - has echoes of "the Body"............
Arggggh Im rambling now - I suppose what I meant to ask is has anyone read both books, and what is your opinion on RMcC - do you think the books are a little "too" similar to Stephen Kings? I actually think the reason Ive enjoyed most of them are just because of this - I wonder what Stephen thinks himself? Has he ever made comment? I dont think I would be too pleased to have written such fabulous works to see "similar" efforts popping up!!