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review 2017-01-27 10:33
Powerful historical fantasy
Drood - Dan Simmons

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 milieu. Simmons helps us to smell, taste, and live in the often-crumbling and often-opium infused reality of that society, and to understand the complexities of the relationships around Dickens.

 

What's fascinating to me is that Simmons hardly ever has to bring in anything supernatural in order to make a book spooky, otherworldly and astonishing. Instead, he simply tells one version of Dicken's life, and the clarity he brings to that observance of a life is powerful. 

 

I found the book enthralling: one of Simmons best works. 

Source: nednote.com
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review 2015-03-12 00:00
Mystery of Edwin Drood
Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens In cloisteresque Cloisterham, John 'Jack' Jasper lives with his ward and nephew, Mister Edwin Drood, and teaches music to Drood's own betrothed-the beguiling Rosa. Meanwhile, arriving at Cloisterham, the Landless twins, Neville and Helena of exotic advantage, cause a disruption to the quiet and monotonous lives of those in this Cathedral City.


Charles Dickens died before he could finish this novel. He wrote twenty-three chapters, each one carefully planned and written before giving it to be published in serial format, as were all his others. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is indeed probably the greatest mystery of all, and we as readers and fans of Dickens must accept the fact.

It's a hard fact to accept, however. I cannot fully understand this feeling within me; not one I've felt after finishing (in-as-much as one can finish this book) any book, or at least very few books. There is the obvious adoration for such a talented and captivating writer; there is the subdued anger that often Dickens can write so magnificently about nothing; there is the dismay at the knowledge that I knew it was unfinished when I went in; and of course there is the embarrassment of feeling let down despite of that fact.

What more can I say? It is Dickens. Do not start with this if you are new to him: but do not end with it, either. It may have been his last, but do not let it be yours.
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text 2014-09-04 14:27
10 Creepiest Books by Stephanie Feldman
The Angel Maker - Stefan Brijs
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - Angela Carter
Specimen Days - Michael Cunningham
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson,Thomas Ott,Jonathan Lethem
By Jane Mendelsohn Innocence (First Edition) - Jane Mendelsohn
Angelica - Arthur Phillips
The Prestige - Christopher Priest
Drood - Dan Simmons
Affinity - Sarah Waters
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton,Laszlo Kubinyi

Stephanie Feldman has shared 10 creepiest books on Publishers Weekly.  

What are yours? 

 

 

I have to say I love the cover of Stephanie Feldman's book: 

  

Source: www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/63675-10-best-creepy-books.html
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review 2014-02-18 10:21
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens

Charles. Oh, Charles.
Why did you have to die before you finished writing your book? T_T

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review 2014-01-17 00:00
The Edwin Drood Murders
The Edwin Drood Murders - Christopher Lord Christopher Lord’s writing style is no doubt the strength of The Edwin Drood Murders, as it’s filled with charm and an ease that’s the hallmark of a natural storyteller. It’s obvious he’s taken his cues from Ms. Christie, throwing in plenty of unexpected twists and turns and making this series his own by putting a unique spin on the setting.


See the entire review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachreviews.com/2014/01/16/the-edwin-drood-murders-puts-a-new-spin-on-the-familiar/
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