On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, fifty-three-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 d ...more
Something I should confess immediately is that I use laudanum an ...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
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
Five years before his death, author Charles Dickens was involved in a train wreck. "Drood" begins the story with that wreck and introduces ...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
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
Drood is written as if it is a memoir written by Wilkie Collins and then sealed unti ...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
I am not going to go over the plot, because e ...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
The jacket copy of this edition misconstrues the book's nature, at least in my opinion. When I borrowed this book, I thought I was getting a supernatural ...more
From the very beginning, Simmons immerses the reader in 19th Century England. It’s all very English, very Victorian, and you just know you are in for a finely crafted tale. Simmons knows exactly what he’s doi ...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
Okay, so don't try to eat while reading this book.
Really good story. Hybrid of a book: mystery/historical(hysterical?)fiction/horror
Well-researched, well-told, intriguing, creepy. I found myself wishing I'd read Dickens' unfinished Drood novel, but I'll be getting to it soon. Hopefully before I forget what I read in this one.
Makes you wonder how much of the stuff about Collins and Dickens is actually true. I'm assuming Collins really was ...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