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Drood by Dan Simmons
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The book really is misnamed and misleading. "Drood" is really a novelized biography of Dickens and Collins' relationship.

While I loved the attention to atmosphere and details of both Collins' and Dickens' lives, I was burning for the book to have a point & eventually felt as disappointed as I was with another long epic with a wimpy, pointless conclusion: The Stand by Stephen King. For most of the book, I had the sense that Simmons was trying to imitate the long-winded expository style of the novels from Collins' and Dickens' time. If so, he succeeded; however, it's not a light read and on more than one occasion it felt like he had information and darn it, he was going to include it even if it made scenes interminable.

This reminded me of Simmons' book Carrion Comfort - huge, detailed, but endlessly circling and then meandering off into nowhere.
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