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The Hollow Man by Dan Simmons
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For me, Dan Simmons is a safe bet. He's such a good writer that, even if I'm not on board with the plot and characters, the writing itself is strong enough to keep me reading to the end.

This particular novel is one that is extremely well-written, filled with haunting images and scenarios that stayed with me for hours, but has a weak concept. Simmons doesn't seem to know whether to make this book horror or science fiction, so it ends up straddling the line between the two genres and not serving either one particularly well. As this book was the sophomore effort between Song of Kali, which was creepy as all get out, and Hyperion, it's easy to tell that Simmons hadn't chosen his favorite genre yet. (And looking at his most recent offerings -- Drood, The Terror and The Black Hills -- it seems that favorite genre turned out to be... historical fiction horror. Fun!)



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