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Drood By Dan Simmons Drood Drood is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life On June Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London when their express train h

  • Title: Drood
  • Author: Dan Simmons
  • ISBN: 9780316007023
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Drood By Dan Simmons Drood is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life.On June 9, 1865, Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London, when their express train hurtles over a gap in a trestle All of the first class carriages except the one carrying Dickens are smashed to bits in the valley below When Dickens descends into that vallDrood is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life.On June 9, 1865, Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London, when their express train hurtles over a gap in a trestle All of the first class carriages except the one carrying Dickens are smashed to bits in the valley below When Dickens descends into that valley to confront the dead and dying, his life will be changed forever And at the core of that ensuing five year nightmare is Drood the name that Dickens whispers to his friend Wilkie Collins A laudanum addict and lesser novelist, Collins flouts Victorian sensibilities by living with one mistress while having a child with another, but he may be the only man on Earth with whom Dickens can share the secret of Drood Increasingly obsessed with crypts, cemeteries, and the precise length of time it would take for a corpse to dissolve in a lime pit, Dickens ceases writing for four years and wanders the worst slums and catacombs of London at night while staging public readings during the day, gruesome readings that leave his audiences horrified Finally he begins writing what would have been the world s first great mystery masterpiece, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, only to be interrupted forever by Drood.Based on actual biographical events, Drood explores the still unresolved mysteries of one of our greatest writer s dark final days in a profoundly origi
    Drood By Dan Simmons

    Drood by Dan Simmons Drood is the name and nightmare that obsesses Charles Dickens for the last five years of his life On June , , Dickens and his mistress are secretly returning to London, when their express train hurtles over a gap in a trestle All of the first class carriages except the one carrying Dickens are smashed to bits in the valley below. Drood A Novel Simmons, Dan Drood, cadaverous and pale, first appears at the scene of a railway accident in which Dickens was one of the few survivors later, Dickens and Collins descend into London s sewer in search of his lair. Drood Directed by Guillermo del Toro An exploration into the life of Charles Dickens after he survived a deadly train crash in , and whether the incident could have possibly turned him into a killer around the time he worked on his final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The Mystery of Edwin Drood musical Drood A Novel Kindle edition by Simmons, Dan 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. The Mystery of Edwin Drood novel by Dickens Britannica Edwin Drood is the ward of Jack Jasper, the choirmaster of Cloisterham and an outwardly respectable opium addict Jasper secretly loves Drood s fiance, Rosa Bud Drood and Rosa no longer love each other and break their engagement Drood disappears soon thereafter. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens originally published in Though the novel is named after the character Edwin Drood, it focuses on Drood s uncle, John Jasper, a precentor, choirmaster and opium addict, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. The Mystery of Edwin Drood Drood Dan Simmons Books Drood is a great read atmospheric, gripping and with well drawn characters the London slums of the s are magnificently rendered, the characters of Dickens and Collins are suitably shady and the story itself hooks you in immediately Very entertaining and highly recommended.

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    1. Kemper on said:

      Hello, Dear Readers Wilkie Collins here In case you re unfamiliar with me, I was a best selling English novelist during the mid 1800s, and a friend and frequent collaborator with Charles Dickens I m also the narrator of this new novel Drood despite the fact that this Dan Simmons fellow is trying to claim the credit when it clearly states that I left this manuscript to be published one hundred and twenty five years after my death.Something I should confess immediately is that I use laudanum and o [...]

    2. Ben De Bono on said:

      If ever there was a book that s impossible to review at least without major spoilers it s this one So instead of reviewing it, let me say a few things to anyone who might be thinking of reading it.First off, don t approach this like a horror novel It s not in the sense that Carrion Comfort, Summer of Night or even The Terror were horror novels There are elements of horror in it but if you are expecting an intense fright fest you ll probably be disappointed This is a novel about obsession, realit [...]

    3. Barbara Roden on said:

      Two years ago I read Dan Simmons s The Terror in pretty much one go, it was that good and gripping It expertly combined several areas in which I m interested and knowledgeable Victorian Arctic exploration, the Franklin expedition, and supernatural fiction and I was thrilled when I found out that his next book, Drood, promised of the same a doorstopper of a book modeled after the Victorian melodramas I enjoy, featuring two real life authors whose life and works I know a lot about Charles Dickens [...]

    4. Edward Lorn on said:

      I hesitate to recommend this book because there are bound to be people who buy this doorstop, read it, hate it, and blame me for their life choices But I also want people to read it So, let s try thisYou, Dear Reader, will likely hate this fucking book It has piss poor human beings being piss poor human beings Charles Dickens was an asshat who banished the mother of his ten children Wilkie Collins was a womanizing prick who was no doubt syphilitic rheumatic gout my flabby ass Women are treated l [...]

    5. Libby on said:

      I would have imagined that a seasoned novelist of big books steeped in historical context might have avoided the beginner s error of forgoing actual narrative for HUNDREDS OF PAGES OF EXPOSITION, but I would have been wrong.Apparently, Mr Simmons could not forgo even one of the trifling matters of Dickensiana he picked up in the course of his research, and further, he clearly couldn t be bothered to find ways to include these details dramatically.This is a big, baggy mess of a thing, slack and s [...]

    6. Michael on said:

      In the same way that Stephen King began to branch out of the horror genre, so it appears is Dan Simmons branching out of the sci fi and fantasy nook Two years ago, he blended a historic novel with elements of horror and sci fi for The Terror Now he blends together historical elements with the dark trappings of a turn of the century horror novel in Drood Five years before his death, author Charles Dickens was involved in a train wreck Drood begins the story with that wreck and introduces a myster [...]

    7. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      It s been some years since I read this book, but it s still one of those that I remember quite well because I liked the story so much The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens was never finished and this book tells about how Charles Dickens become obsessed with the mysterious being called Drood It s a thick book, but well written and fascinating to read Simmons capture the atmosphere of the late 1900 centery very well The story is dark and mysterious and keeps you captivated.

    8. Clouds on said:

      Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.Dan Simmons is a man of many styles His most acclaimed wo [...]

    9. Miriam on said:

      A galloping, epic saga of the mysterious friendship between Wilike Collins and Charles Dickens Part literary history and party fantastic imagination, it was a joy to read I savored it for a while it s not one to read in a night or a week But enjoyed every moment I spent with it Stick with this one and you will be glad you did.

    10. Robert on said:

      This is an ambitious book, even by Simmons standard indeed, probably by anyone s standard Like most books that try to acheive so much, it is flawed, but by setting the sights to such a long range Simmons fires his book so far ahead of the majority of perfectly realised but narrowly circumscribed books that he can be forgiven for not quite hitting the target So what was he aiming for and how close did he get Drood is written as if it is a memoir written by Wilkie Collins and then sealed until aft [...]

    11. Emily on said:

      Overall, Drood is well paced, well researched, and a very enjoyable book The opening lines instantly became some of my favorites Buying the novel purely on the recommendation of on of my favorite bookstores, I hadn t read the jacket cover, so I didn t realize that Wilkie Collins is the narrator I admit, I gave a rather embarrassing squeal of delight when I saw his name.But even if the names Collins, Dickens, or Simmons are completely unknown to you, the book still holds up on its own The opening [...]

    12. Jeanne on said:

      This is the first book I ve read by Dan Simmons but it certainly won t be the last I was drawn to this particular book because of my love for the works of Charles Dickens, but I knew I had to read it after attending a book signing where Mr Simmons talked about the book and its unreliable narrator, Wilkie Collins I was not disappointed The richness and depth of Mr Simmons research and prose is exquisite It is the sort of book one must immerse one s self into I nearly felt the stays of my Victoria [...]

    13. Tristram on said:

      Give the Dickens His Due In the end, Wilkie Collins grudgingly has to do this when, leafing through his late friend Dickens s Bleak House, he is struck with the superior genius that lies in Dickens s use of language The book was the style and the style was the man And the man was had been Charles Dickens With these words not only Collins, but seemingly also Dan Simmons, author of the novel Drood, himself offers homage to the novelist Charles Dickens.And yet it is a strange tribute that is paid t [...]

    14. Lori on said:

      I finished this several weeks ago, and it s stuck with me so much that I feel compelled to review even if it will be a brief one Simmons takes is back to the Victorian age, and he does so with such great detail that I felt that I traveled back in time a bit The first half is a bit slow, and yet I eagerly returned to it in what free time I had Simmons is developing the characters until they are full dimensional The narrator, Wilkie Collins, froths and rages about the injustices cast on him by Dic [...]

    15. William on said:

      I suspect DROOD is the Marmite of novels set in the Victorian era Like all Simmons recent work, it is meticulously researched, but there also lies the problem, for he cannot stop himself from showing us that research on the page not only the bits that are pertinent to the story, but too many of the bits that are merely interesting, but flow stopping As in another Simmons exploration of a literary figure, that of Henry James, in THE FIFTH HEART, we get details of dinner parties, lists of famous l [...]

    16. Ben Babcock on said:

      Maybe I m just not cut out for Dan Simmons particular brand of mysticism I didn t like the supernatural bent of The Terror and didn t like the supernatural bent of this book What appears to be a suspenseful Dickensian supernatural mystery is actually, beneath the surface, an incredibly long and dull tour of Victorian London and opium dreams.The jacket copy of this edition misconstrues the book s nature, at least in my opinion When I borrowed this book, I thought I was getting a supernatural myst [...]

    17. Jennifer on said:

      I have a confession I have never read any Charles Dickens I have never wanted to read any Charles Dickens I have seen several versions of A Christmas Carol So, I can say that I know nothing of Charles Dickens I suspect this is why I liked this book I do not have him on some kind a pedestal only to be disappointed by his being human I had never heard of Wilkie Collins either I imagine he does not share that same pedestal as his dear friend Charles I can say that this was an amazing blend of actua [...]

    18. Liviu on said:

      Having been very fortunate to have an arc pass through my hands many months before publication, I want to say that Drood is a literary masterpiece that may enshrine Mr Simmons as one of the top US writers of the present The last 5 years of Charles Dickens life as told in a secret journal by younger disciple, friend and secret rival Wilkie Collins after the tragic train accident that turned Dickens life upside down Obsession, artistic creation, addiction and the dark recesses of the human mind an [...]

    19. Karla on said:

      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 C [...]

    20. Michael on said:

      I should start off by saying that I loved The Terror I had no issues with the length of the novel the story was completely compelling If Drood had any of the dramatic tension present in Simmons previous book, I would have finished it with aplomb sadly, for me it had NO dramatic tension My friend Jeff noted in his review that a good chunk of this book could have been excised at the editorial level and I now have to agree I made it through 350 pages and what little Simmons would toss me in the way [...]

    21. Danielle on said:

      I will preface this review with the admission that I am not a large Dickens or Wilkie Collins fan I have read A Tale of Two Cities and know of many other Dickens works including, of course, A Christmas Carol , but do not have much exposure beyond that I suggest that readers first be familiar with Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend and The Pickwick Papers by Dickens and The Woman In White and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins in order to follow the story in a in depth way, as these works are consisten [...]

    22. Nate on said:

      I love Dan Simmons books and have said a lot of good things about them, both on this site and in the everyday world That said, the highest praise I can give the man is that he wrote an 800 page epistolary novel consisting of Victorian author playwright Wilkie Collins fictional memoirs on his relationship with Charles Dickens and their shared fascination with the mysterious creature named Drood and I really dug it This is no mean feat, as I have not really successfully vibed with any Victorian li [...]

    23. Kyle Warner on said:

      Drood is a literary historical horror novel that revolves around the relationship between two authors Charles Dickens and our narrator Wilkie Collins It begins with the famed Staplehurst train accident, which Dickens survived and would later die on the anniversary of In this telling of the story, Dickens claims to have met a strange man if indeed he is a man named Drood, who seemed to steal life away from the wounded survivors of the derailment Dickens tells these things to his friend and occasi [...]

    24. Ed [Redacted] on said:

      Drood is the epic story of the friendship and rivalry of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins as told from the point of view of Collins More than that it is either the story of an encounter with the Most successful and least known serial murderer in London s history or of Collins opium fueled decent into madness This book is written from the 1st person POV of Wilkie Collins, a friend of The Inimitable Charles Dickens and a fellow novelist I don t know all that much about Collins, but Dickens is on [...]

    25. Trin on said:

      GAH.This book is almost 800 pages long I knew after the first fifty, definitely after the first hundred, that I wasn t enjoying it, but I kept reading because 1 I m a stubborn bitch, 2 Dan Simmons has written good books in the past, and 3 I just felt like it had to get better, right RIGHT Not so much If you want to read a book about an unlikeable narrator in this case, supposedly Wilkie Collins bitch about his likewise unlikeable friend rival whatever supposedly Charles Dickens for 800 pages whi [...]

    26. Renee M on said:

      There are many things to like about this novel The premise is interesting The research thorough The way factual and fictional details are brilliantly laced together Unfortunately, it s about 300 pages too long, so all the delight I found in the writing I m a HUGE fan of the 19th Century novel and have read nearly everything referenced was beaten to a pulp before the entirely expected ending My suggestion is that you read the first third, because it really was engaging, but skim the rest.

    27. Scott Rhee on said:

      As a fun little pagan horror story, just in time for Halloween, with an appropriate Victorian era London setting, Drood may be the ticket I read this back in 2009, and it started me on a path of Dan Simmons novels that I have not regrettedPart biography, part literary criticism, part Victorian mystery, and part psychological thriller, Dan Simmons s epic novel Drood is all wonderful and amazing Like his last novel, The Terror , Simmons incorporates actual documented historical events with extrapo [...]

    28. Jeff on said:

      Although I have a lot of criticism about Dan Simmons new book, Drood, I have to say, first and foremost, that I enjoyed this book and I commend the author for his boldness and for his artistry Drood is a well researched book that boldly re imagines and fictionalizes the final years in the lives of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, who are being preyed upon by an otherworldly creature that goes by the name of Drood Simmons mixes history, biography, and fantasy to tell a fascinating and gripping [...]

    29. Heather (Capricious Reader) on said:

      From the moment I heard about Drood, I knew I had to read it I love Charles Dickens well enough, but I adore Wilkie Collins To have both of them, fictionalized in all their glory well it was a no brainer I knew I had to read it So thank you Miriam at Little, Brown, for sending it to me From the very beginning, Simmons immerses the reader in 19th Century England It s all very English, very Victorian, and you just know you are in for a finely crafted tale Simmons knows exactly what he s doing too, [...]

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