On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickensat the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the worldhurtled into a disaster that changed his... show more
On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickensat the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the worldhurtled 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 ofLondon 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 thehistorical 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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: January 1st 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 946
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...