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  1. Drood: A Novel
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  2. Drood: A Novel

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On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens--at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world--hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.
Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?
Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Dan Simmons
Binding
Hardcover
Edition
1
Format
Bargain Price
Label
Little, Brown and Company
Manufacturer
Little, Brown and Company
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
784
PublicationDate
2009-02-09
Publisher
Little, Brown and Company
SKU
11092011new_14739
Studio
Little, Brown and Company
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I have huge respect for Dan Simmons since Hyperion Saga and enjoyed reading his books based on history before (Terror is one of my favourite), but this book was a pain to read. While the language and writing style of Dickensian times may be enjoyable, the only merit of the plot is in its link to the real events and the timeline, which makes it one of the most boring books to read. The plot is highly repetitive, lacks dynamics and has many loose parts and storylines, and this makes it a painful reading experience. I finished the book out of respect to Dan Simmons expecting some magic to happen at the end, but in vain... The only positive for me was getting educated on Dickens biography and bibliography - I ended up referring to Wikipedia which was a more concise and better way to learn.

I would only recommend it to people who read the majority of Charles Dickens books and is intrigued by his last book and the life of this great English writer.
I am a huge fan of Dan Simmons. Starting with his Endymion and Hyperion series, he captured me. I have read many of his later books, as he ventured into horror, myth, adventure and historical genres. I thoroughly enjoyed most of them, thinking to myself what a wonderful genuinely talented writer this man is. However captivating Drood was as I read it, I found myself thinking that it was overblown, meandering and lacking in real direction. I didn't realize this until the end, because, as a faithful reader, I read it all the way through. Fascinating, yes, insightful, yes, historically captivating, yes, but ultimately a drudge of a read. However, he remains one of my favorite authors and I will read anything he writes.
60 pages in, and already this book is driving me nuts with the combination of assumptions that a) the reader has read all of Dickens and b) the reader needs every aspect of Victorian life painstakingly explained to him or her. If you've read all of Dickens, you should hardly need a page and a half devoted to what laudanum is and how commonly it was used.

But I figured, I can deal with annoying. Maybe "The Terror" had this element and I just didn't notice because Arctic exploration isn't my arena of knowledge. However, when I encountered the following quote: "[he], like Iago, had a lean and hungry look", I would have thrown the book across the room if it didn't weigh twenty-five pounds. IAGO? Dammit, Simmons, you're not even in the right play! COME ON!

So, sixty pages in and I'm being talked down to and had it assumed that I wouldn't notice a glaring Shakespeare mis-quote. And yet the very premise of this book is something only a Victorian... Read more
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