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Re: Nice review. I have a possibly difficult question... DomA Send a noteboard - 06/06/2010 01:43:42 AM
To what extent do you figure someone who isn't particularly familiar with Dickens and this unfinished book of his would be bothered by some of these things you bring up? Though your example about the racist liberals made sense to me, I'm familiar enough with Victorianism to see your point there.

I might read it at some point, I guess, but I think I should read a lot of other books by Simmons first - Endymion and sequel, Ilium and Olympos.


Some of his earlier stuff like Carrion Comfort is also quite fun, and compared with his more recent books, a very great deal less pretentious.

I liked Hyperion et al., though some aspects really annoyed me (at some point, it felt like he had to fit in an equivalent to everything that was in Dune, Riverworld and other classics of SF, notably).

I can't say that I enjoyed Illium/Olympos all that much (especially the second one). There's something... I don't know.. over done and over researched going on with Simmons, but he is also not very constant. Some of the ways he wove Homer into those books is really brilliant, some of it is just plain tedious and felt like he worked too hard to include stuff only experts in the works will really enjoy but he ended up being a show off more than anything (I enjoy someone like Eco doing that in his novels, but it's never mediocre like Simmons can get at times), and then some of it just felt really sub-par and uninspired.

It's too bad about Drood. I have read one or two of the other Drood-inspired/centered books (weirdly, Drood thus became my introduction to Dickens himself, after reading a fun Italian mystery novel in my teens - it alternated between the text of Drood and the novel as I remember it) and I was very tempted to pick the Simmons, but I had misgivings after a few reviews and I think Camilla just finished to convince me it will have way too much of the same stuff that irritated me with Illium/Olympos.
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/Other Literature: Drood by Dan Simmons - 02/06/2010 10:47:13 PM 4526 Views
I'm about 200 pages in and I've found the first thing that really annoys me: - 02/06/2010 11:15:33 PM 1221 Views
Re: I'm about 200 pages in and I've found the first thing that really annoys me: - 02/06/2010 11:18:23 PM 1289 Views
Suspect I am getting there. - 03/06/2010 11:49:16 PM 1037 Views
There are (okay, were, I'm temporarily living in the 1890s...) MPs who are styled Lord, though. - 02/06/2010 11:22:33 PM 1134 Views
Link me, please? - 02/06/2010 11:31:01 PM 1111 Views
Sure. - 02/06/2010 11:46:32 PM 1426 Views
Thanks. - 03/06/2010 11:48:47 PM 1078 Views
Well? *NM* - 05/06/2010 02:26:36 PM 599 Views
Haven't got round to that yet. Been busy. Patience. *NM* - 05/06/2010 03:50:13 PM 568 Views
Nice review. I have a possibly difficult question... - 02/06/2010 11:18:56 PM 1118 Views
Re: Nice review. I have a possibly difficult question... - 02/06/2010 11:21:24 PM 1018 Views
Re: Nice review. I have a possibly difficult question... - 06/06/2010 01:43:42 AM 1125 Views
That Italian book - 06/06/2010 09:24:47 AM 1005 Views
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Re: That Italian book - 15/06/2010 06:11:33 PM 1024 Views
damning review had it on my wishlist...i'll be taking it off - 03/06/2010 05:29:42 PM 1078 Views
Re: damning review had it on my wishlist...i'll be taking it off - 03/06/2010 05:36:06 PM 1148 Views
edwin drood edwin drood - 04/06/2010 10:35:51 AM 1062 Views
Re: edwin drood edwin drood - 04/06/2010 12:38:13 PM 1104 Views
Have now finished it. - 04/06/2010 04:30:48 PM 1055 Views
*spoiler* - 04/06/2010 04:32:19 PM 1122 Views
Dickens clearly left it half written on purpose.... - 06/06/2010 04:08:54 AM 1108 Views
You are not the first to suggest that - 06/06/2010 10:32:45 AM 1052 Views

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