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Drood: A Novel

A book by Dan Simmons

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An Intriguing Delight!

  • Mar 3, 2009
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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, since, to be quite honest, I don't recall ever hearing of this literary figure prior to reading Drood. I absolutely love how this is a "what if" take on what may have happened with Dickens after a near death accident - delving into his psyche and reason for his actions - was he indeed driven to the insane side after his accident or was what he was seeing and experiencing real?

Dan Simmons uses excellent and very vivid descriptions in his writing. The beginning of the book seems a bit on the lengthy wordy side, however, that is all for a purpose. Mr. Simmons writes in a way that never leaves the reader shaking their head in bewilderment or confusion. For the length of this novel, it is wonderfully excecuted and draws the reader in from the beginning.

Drood is not a light read, by far. Bordering on the dark side and questioning sanity, this novel will take you to an entirely different diminsion. One thing that I wanted to mention, also, about the author's style of writing in Drood - Mr. Simmons's writing takes on a very old time, era precise style, at least to me. This makes the story even more believable, coming from the voice of Wilkie Collins. Even the length, it seems, is appropriate for that time period, from which Dickens and Collins lived. As I stated before, I have not read anything else by this author, so have nothing to compare it to, but his style in Drood, just brought the story to life and almost transport the reader back into that time period.

Drood is a true delight and one that I highly recommend!

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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.
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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 escaping death in an 1865 train wreck and trying to rescue fellow passengers, Dickens encounters a ghoulish figure named Drood, who had apparently been traveling in a coffin. Along with his real-life novelist friend Wilkie Collins, who narrates the tale, Dickens pursues the elusive Drood, an effort that leads the pair to a nightmarish world beneath London's streets. Collins begins to wonder whether the object of their quest, if indeed the man exists, is merely a cover for his colleague's own murderous inclinations. Despite the book's length, readers will race through the pages, drawn by the intricate plot and the proliferation of intriguing psychological puzzles, which will remind many of the work of Charles Palliser and Michael Cox.4-city author tour. (Feb.)
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ISBN-10: 0316007021
ISBN-13: 978-0316007023
Author: Dan Simmons
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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