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Drood by Dan Simmons
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Apr 15, 09

bookshelves: may-june-2009

The narrative of Drood may be full of subplots and blind alleys, but the mystery of whether it is a good novel or not turns on a single question: is it too long? The most enthusiastic reviewers did not seem to notice the book's nearly 800-page girth. Most critics, while positive, were also apologetic, claiming that Simmons needed such space to air his considerable research, or that the novel could only succeed if it also assumed the proportions of 19th-century books whose authors were paid by the word. A few less-patient reviewers opined that Simmons simply needed to pull out the red pen. But despite their differences, all the critics agreed that, in its best parts, Drood is fantastically imaginative, eerily erudite, mischievous, and macabre.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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