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Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons
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Jul 27, 2011

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Read from July 13 to 23, 2011

Having read Simmons' Drood earlier this year and enjoyed it quite a bit, despite the fact that the book was overlong by a couple hundred pages, I decided to try another Simmons novel. Carrion Comfort is his first, and received high praise from a number of respected sources. That convinced me to pick it up.

I am not going to get into a plot review of the book. I will say that there are a number of good ideas present, and some genuinely creepy moments. However, these get lost in a sea of events, characters, discarded plots, etc. which diminish the impact of those effective moments. Simmons has not embraced the concept of editing down one's work, it seems. I enjoy long books, so I'm not opposed to length where it's needed. But after awhile this just started to feel like a chore. Had about 1/2 of the plot line been edited down, it could have been a taut, effective thriller. Instead, by the end I was slogging through just to finish, my enthusiasm beaten down by the author's relentless refusal to edit out at least some of his ideas.

I would prefer to give 2.5 stars, but still will give three for the solid core premise and the moments that worked.

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