Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nig...more
Something I should confess immediately is that I use laudanum an...more
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 already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.
Dan Simmons is a man of many styles. His most acclaim...more
First off, don't approach this like a horror novel. It's not in the sense that Carrion Comfort, Summer of Night or even The Terror were horror novels. There are elements of horror in it but if you are expecting an intense fright fest you'll probably be disappointed. This is a novel about obsession,...more
Five years before his death, author Charles Dickens was involved in a train wreck. "Drood" begins the story with that wreck and introduces...more
This book is written from the 1st person POV of Wilkie Collins, a friend of "The Inimitable" Charles Dickens and a fellow novelist. I don't know all that much about Collins, but Dickens...more
But even if the names Collins, Dickens, or Simmons are completely unknown to you, the book still holds up on its own. The ope...more
The richness and depth of Mr. Simmons research and prose is exquisite. It is the sort of book one must immerse one's self into. I nearly felt the stays of my...more
...reading through, there are times when I want the storyline to continue, instead of ignoring what i'd just read in the previous chapter...a hundred, two-hundred men down below and no report? that is hardly fair and balanced. or the scene on the stairway...or The Other Wilkie for that matter....almost sounds like the wall street nitwits...ows....tow boom chakka-lakka-lakka! boom!
sure, there is a...more
Apparently, Mr. Simmons could not forgo even one of the trifling matters of Dickensiana he picked up in the course of his research, and furthermore, he clearly couldn't be bothered to find ways to include these details dramatically.
This is a big, baggy mess of a thing, slack...more
Having been very fortunate to have an arc pass through my hands many months before publication, I want to say that Drood is a literary masterpiece that may enshrine Mr. Simmons as one of the top US writers of the present.
The last 5 years of Charles Dickens' life as told in a secret journal by younger disciple, friend and secret rival Wilkie Collins after the tragic train accident that turned Dickens life upside down.
Obsession, artistic creation, addiction and the dark recesses of the human mi...more
While I loved the attention to atmosphere and details of both Collins' and Dickens' lives, I was burning for the book to have a point & eventually felt as disappointed as I was with another long epic with a wimpy, pointless conclusion: The Stand by Stephen King. For most of the book, I had the sense that Simmons was trying to imitate the long-winded expository style of the...more
I really wanted to like this book. On paper it sounds like the book equivalent of the perfect first date. Mysteries and Victorian literature marry together so well and from the moment I opened the first few pages, I was filled with hopes and dreams of the amazing evenings we would spend together.
Alas, it was not to be.
This book could have been amazing and, by rights, should have been, yet is constantly let down by the sheer amount of facts and details thrown in at every angle. I wanted to get en...more
The novel is structured as a manuscript of the late novelist Wilkie Collins. Collins' narrative documents his friendship(and secret rivalry) with Charles Dickens in the final years of the latter authors' life. It revolves around the real-life event of Dickens surviving a horrific train wreck five years prior to his dea...more
Like his last novel, "The Terror", Simmons incorporates actual documented historical events with extrapolated what-ifs that at first appear to be outrageous but, as the story progresses, begin to sound surprisingly plausible and believable.
Drood begins with a horrific railcar accident in Staplehurst, England in the late 1800s. Among the...more
i started 'drood' hoping that simmons' take on dickens would make me...more
Dan Simmons takes the novel from Charles Dickens' last, uncompleted novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In the course of just barely escaping death in an train wreck, Dickens encounters a supernatural figure named Drood, who seems to have been traveling in a coffin.
The book is narrated by Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens' friend, collaborator, and sometim...more
Not knowing a go...more
I am not going to go over the plot, because e...more