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Drood - Dan Simmons
Drood
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On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life... show more
On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever. Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780316007023 (0316007021)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 775
Edition language: English
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Ned Hayes Writing
Ned Hayes Writing rated it
5.0 Powerful historical fantasy
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...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
1.0 Drood by Dan Simmons
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 ...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
2.5 Guess what?
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...
Clouds' Cloudscapes
Clouds' Cloudscapes rated it
4.0
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...
Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it
3.0 Drood
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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