In 1865 Charles Dickens, the world's most famous writer, narrowly escapes death in the Staplehurst Rail Disaster. He will never be the same again. A public hero for rescuing survivors, he slowly descends into madness as he hunts the individual he believes to be responsible for the carnage: a... show more
In 1865 Charles Dickens, the world's most famous writer, narrowly escapes death in the Staplehurst Rail Disaster. He will never be the same again. A public hero for rescuing survivors, he slowly descends into madness as he hunts the individual he believes to be responsible for the carnage: a spectral figure known only as Drood.
His best friend, Wilkie Collins, is enlisted for the pursuit. Together they venture into Undertown, the shadowy, lawless web of crypts and catacombs beneath London. Here Drood is rumoured to hold sway over a legion of brainwashed followers. But as Wilkie spirals ever further into opium addiction and jealousy of the more successful novelist, he must face a terrifying possibility: is Charles Dickens really capable of murder?
Publish date: 2009-10
Pages no: 796
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
Dan Simmons book DROOD is a masterpiece of sorcerous historical fiction. The sorcery doesn't lie in some otherworldly supernatural changes to history, but instead lies in the astonishing historical verisimilitude that Simmons brings to his portrayal of Victorian society, Charles Dickens and his mili...
bookshelves: dickensphenalia, published-2009, victoriana, dodgy-narrator, room-101 Read in October, 2009 mp3 Unabridged and superbly read by John Lee.Dan Simmons is one cheapskate, tacky guy. I am verily outraged (hee, I do so love to be outraged from time to time) that so much time in Drood is ...
If I could, I would give this two and half stars. And now I can, thank you Booklikes! The first half of Drood was excellent. Simmons did a wonderful job of catching/drawing Collins and Dickens as well as the London of the time. The book flows extremely well. Sadly, the second half of the book...
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.Regardless of how many books are alr...
The first 2/3 of this book offers up a remarkably rich and engaging narrative combined with a nice mix of historical/literary detail. I'm afraid Simmons loses this nice balance in the final act, however. The story gets deeply bogged down with odd (and seemingly irrelevant?) historical trivia, losing...
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