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Drood by Dan Simmons
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Sep 20, 12

bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery
Read in September, 2012

Is this happening? Or is this a laudanum induced nightmare?

This is exactly what I kept asking myself as I progressed through the storyline of Drood . SImmons does an excellent job of bringing Collins and Dickens to life through somewhat boring and repetitive dialog. This gothic historical fiction follows the two frienemies into London's Undertown as they unravel the truth about the mysterious Mr. Drood, whom Dickens encountered after the Staplehurst railway accident in 1865.

Based on interesting biographical facts, Simmons adds a creative twist to Dicken's inspiration for his last and unfinished novel, the Mystery of Edwin Drood, capturing and elaborating on the last five years of Dicken's life and the respect and jealousy of Collin's for his mentor Dickens.


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