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Drood by Dan Simmons
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Oct 12, 10

bookshelves: faux-memoir, psychological, mysterious, completed-2010
Read from August 15 to October 12, 2010

I both enjoyed and hated this book. I found myself dwelling too much on how realistic the portrayals of Dickens and Collins were. (I frequently have this problem with fictional portrayals of real people.) Was Wilkie really so jealous of Dickens?

The book is long, which normally I wouldn't bother to comment about, and convoluted. Much of the convolution is necessary, but, in my opinion, Simmons, though a good writer, isn't a good enough writer to handle it deftly. Too much of it felt tacked on to aid the feel of Drood having been written by a Victorian author.

Certainly Drood is worth taking the time to read. But if you don't like to immerse yourself in a book, this isn't the book for you.
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☯Bettie☯ I just hated it!


K.B. Hallman Gee, Bettie, don't be shy, tell us what you really thought! Seriously, if I hadn't pushed for a side read of this book, I might have given up on it. I'm glad I didn't, but I don't think I'll ever revisit this book looking for those hidden gems that I might have missed. Kind of a shame really, but I suspect that the second time around many things would become clear or, at the very least, appear in a more sympathetic light.


☯Bettie☯ K.B. wrote: "Gee, Bettie, don't be shy, tell us what you really thought! Seriously, if I hadn't pushed for a side read of this book, I might have given up on it. I'm glad I didn't, but I don't think I'll ever r..."

A LOT of reading to discover what was evident so early on ... but then you were reading iot for a group read...

Never mind. there are many goodies out there waiting for me and thee

:o)


K.B. Hallman Oh, most definitely! Onward!


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