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"Drood is told from the point of view of Collins, who is thought to have created the detective genre in his serialized novel The Moonstone, the writing of which is also included in Drood. Simmons takes elements of both writers' works and creates a world in which the two were writing thinly fictionalized accounts of real events. Mesmerism, opium addiction, ancient Egyptian cults, criminal undergrounds, and more are to be found." Doug Brown, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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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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While traveling by train to London with his mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens hurtled into a disaster that changes his life forever. Was the popular author living a dark double life? Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging narrative.

Synopsis:

The author of the “diabolically clever”* A Matter of Blood returns with another gritty supernatural thriller featuring hard-boiled homicide detective Cass Jones…

A devastating terrorist attack has crippled London. To find a perpetrator who is more than human, Special Branch turns to Detective Inspector Cass Jones.

Cass is already investigating a series of student suicides, but saying no to Special Branch isnt an option—even when hes hit with a much more personal and deeply disturbing mystery: a message left for him by his murdered brother revealing that Casss nephew was stolen at birth.

Casss investigations and his search for the boy lead him down a dark labyrinth to the shadowy Mr. Bright and his otherworldly allies—and into the middle of an ancient and deadly feud, with no less than the fate of humanity hanging in the balance…

*F. Paul Wilson

Synopsis:

In a world steeped in darkness, a new breed of evil has fallen…

London’s ruined economy has pushed everyone to the breaking point, and even the police rely on bribes and deals with criminals to survive. Detective Inspector Cass Jones struggles to keep integrity in the police force, but now, two gory cases will test his mettle. A gang hit goes wrong, leaving two schoolboys dead, and a serial killer calling himself the Man of Flies leaves a message on his victims saying “nothing is sacred.”

Then Cass’ brother murders his own family before committing suicide. Cass doesn’t believe his gentle brother did it. Yet when evidence emerges suggesting someone killed all three of them, a prime suspect is found—Cass himself.

Common links emerge in all three cases, but while Cass is finding more questions than answers, the Man of Flies continues to kill...

About the Author

Sarah Pinborough is a British author of dark fantasy, horror, thriller and YA who has had more than ten novels published thus far across that range. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror film in development. She has recently branched out into television writing and is currently writing for the BBC. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

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Amber Black, June 2, 2013 (view all comments by Amber Black)
I found Drood very intriguing and enjoyed it overall, but this review is not going to make it sound that way. My actual rating is more like a 3.5, but I'm rounding up because my overall impression was more positive than negative. This is one of those books that I know I enjoyed, but I'm having a problem where I keep coming up with more and more things that irked me about it. After giving it a little while to sit in my brain, my impression is that while the overarching story was great, the page-to-page reading was not as smooth.

There are a bunch of places where this book really loses momentum, which is why it took me so long to get through it. When you've read 20 pages of the narrator stating that nothing much happened and he's in so much pain and no one likes him, there is no impetus to go on, so I'd read a chapter at a time and feel drained. The factoids on Victorian England were fascinating, but not enough to buoy the melodramatic narrator (Wilkie Collins) and his whinging. On the other hand, the last 200 pages or so were so good that I read them in a single evening. At some point it just became a real pageturner. Unfortunately, at 771 pages overall, that's not much to look forward to. There were scenic gems among the previous 571 pages, but they can be far between.

I've read plenty of historical fiction before, but never have I had such difficulty deciding what was real and what was fabricated. It can be disconcerting, but since I'm fairly certain that's what the author was going for, it was extremely well-done. It has a good balance between explicit explanation and open-ended plotting, letting the reader decide for themselves what is true and what was fantasy.

Otherwise, I had serious issues with the style. I didn't mind the 1st person, although it's not my favorite, but whenever Wilkie the narrator broke the fourth wall I wanted to roll my eyes. It was trite, ridiculous, and didn't seem to fit the rest of the novel's structure. I'd be enjoying a scene and then to be directly addressed would throw me out of it. A lot of the prose seemed to fit a Victorian writing style, but this really ruined it. Additionally, when he was describing anything untoward, it is not something a Victorian novelist would write and discussing it directly with the reader didn't make it any less ridiculous.

That leads directly into my biggest issue, which was the overall feeling of pretentiousness that I got from the book. For awhile I thought it was just the narrator and that wasn't too bad, since it just showed that the author was conveying Wilkie's personality well. Then there was the line where the plot was stated (by the narrator) to be Dickensian. He's complementing himself within his own novel. While it may be that Wilkie despises Dickens and so is actually being derisive, he almost immediately comes to the conclusion that Dickens is the best author he knows. While this is one example, the pretentious overtones became prominent in other places as well.

But again, the plot is great with some interesting twists that have plenty of impact, not being too heavily foreshadowed. With some editing this could have been a 5-star, read again, love love love, recommend-to-everyone novel. Instead this is being relegated to the "read and enjoyed somewhat" shelf of my library
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Rylee, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Rylee)
I picked this up at Borders when they were having their final farewell. I do enjoy reading Dickens' novels, like most literary people, so I was attracted to this book because of that aspect. I was not prepared for a book that was such an in depth telling.

The story starts with the Staplehurst accident on 9 of June 1865. Charles Dickens was a passenger along with his pretty, young mistress when the train derailed and fell into a ravine. When Dickens starts to help the wounded and dying, he sees a fantastic man in a theatre cape. His name is Drood and he haunts the rest of the story.

The book is written in a fashion of a memoir, the narrator being a friend and contemporary of Dickens, one Wilkie Collins. He starts as a side character to entire Drood affair, but all too soon finds himself wrapped in the centre of a world of mesmerism (hypnosis) and opium. The novel covers several years, from 1865 to Dickens' death in 1870. While we watch Dickens' age we also watch the narrator, Mr Collins, fall into his own madness.

I have to give Dan Simmons applause. He wrote a novel in the modern age using language that was common to the Victorian English age. No mean feat, let me assure you. Drood is also the first Simmons novel I have ever read and was notably impressed. I was also pleased by the level of research that went into the novel. Wilkie Collins had his share of success in the 1800's, but I had never heard of him and thought the character pure fiction. Imagine my surprise when I happened upon his most famous novel, The Moonstone, in a book shop the other day.

While a mammoth novel of over nine-hundred pages, it was well worth the read. I am so glad I picked it up that day.
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5036498014, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by 5036498014)
Draws you in slowly ... inch by inch ... daring you to believe while never knowing the truth of it all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316007030
Author:
Simmons, Dan
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
Pinborough, Sarah
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Biographical
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
The Forgotten Gods Trilogy
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.18x6.94x1.39 in. 1.50 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Back Bay Books - English 9780316007030 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Drood is told from the point of view of Collins, who is thought to have created the detective genre in his serialized novel The Moonstone, the writing of which is also included in Drood. Simmons takes elements of both writers' works and creates a world in which the two were writing thinly fictionalized accounts of real events. Mesmerism, opium addiction, ancient Egyptian cults, criminal undergrounds, and more are to be found." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Synopsis" by , While traveling by train to London with his mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens hurtled into a disaster that changes his life forever. Was the popular author living a dark double life? Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging narrative.
"Synopsis" by ,
The author of the “diabolically clever”* A Matter of Blood returns with another gritty supernatural thriller featuring hard-boiled homicide detective Cass Jones…

A devastating terrorist attack has crippled London. To find a perpetrator who is more than human, Special Branch turns to Detective Inspector Cass Jones.

Cass is already investigating a series of student suicides, but saying no to Special Branch isnt an option—even when hes hit with a much more personal and deeply disturbing mystery: a message left for him by his murdered brother revealing that Casss nephew was stolen at birth.

Casss investigations and his search for the boy lead him down a dark labyrinth to the shadowy Mr. Bright and his otherworldly allies—and into the middle of an ancient and deadly feud, with no less than the fate of humanity hanging in the balance…

*F. Paul Wilson

"Synopsis" by ,
In a world steeped in darkness, a new breed of evil has fallen…

London’s ruined economy has pushed everyone to the breaking point, and even the police rely on bribes and deals with criminals to survive. Detective Inspector Cass Jones struggles to keep integrity in the police force, but now, two gory cases will test his mettle. A gang hit goes wrong, leaving two schoolboys dead, and a serial killer calling himself the Man of Flies leaves a message on his victims saying “nothing is sacred.”

Then Cass’ brother murders his own family before committing suicide. Cass doesn’t believe his gentle brother did it. Yet when evidence emerges suggesting someone killed all three of them, a prime suspect is found—Cass himself.

Common links emerge in all three cases, but while Cass is finding more questions than answers, the Man of Flies continues to kill...

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