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Drood: A Novel

7 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Dan Simmons

Starred Review. Bestseller Simmons (The Terror) brilliantly imagines a terrifying sequence of events as the inspiration for Dickens's last, uncompleted novel,The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in this unsettling and complex thriller. In the course of narrowly … see full wiki

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Author: Dan Simmons
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
5 reviews about Drood: A Novel
review by . April 10, 2009
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" was the strange novel left half-finished (six of the twelve planned serial numbers complete with none of the usual outline and notes for the rest of the planned length) when Charles Dickens died as a relatively young man of 58. Since then many authors and literary professors have tried to finish Drood or speculate on Dickens's planned ending.    Five years before his death, a great train accident that Dickens narrowly escaped had left him physically …
review by . February 21, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Simmons is an extremely literate author whose literacy has influenced more than a few of his works. The Hyperion novels owe a lot to the Romantic Poets of the 19th century. His novella Muse of Fire puts a bright light on the best of what makes Shakespeare unforgetting. Ilium and Olympos take their inspiration from Homer. The Crook Factory takes on Hemingway. And now with Drood, Simmons delves into Dickens. A word of disclaimer here. As it so happens, a fact that I don't bandy about too much …
review by . January 20, 2011
"Look over here!" exclaims the illusionist on stage. "Don't pay attention to what my hands are doing, look at this pretty thing instead!"      Of course, no stage magician worth his salt ever says this out loud - but they demand it of their audiences with every trick. The masters do it without ever letting the audience know what they're doing. In the same way, Dan Simmons weaves magic with his words in his novel about Charles Dickens: Drood.   …
review by . September 17, 2009
This is written as an actual documentary type story, which severely bored me. The style of writing put me to sleep and I just could not get into it. I'm sure the type of writing would appeal to some, but not me. I hate feeling like I wasted money on a book but thats how I feel in this case, sadly.
review by . March 03, 2009
WOW! This is the first word that pops into my mind when I think of this astonishing novel, Drood, by the talented author Dan Simmons. I have to say that the length of this book was highly intimidating to me - but I am sooo thrilled that I did not let that stop me. With the focus being on Charles Dickens, as narrated by his good and close friend Wilkie Collins, I am now fascinated with both of these people and want to learn all that I can about both. I would also love to read a work by Wilkie Collins, …
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