Drood : A Novel

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?Londonand his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterraneanLondonmere 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.
ISBN: 9780316120616
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therhiannamater
Jun 13, 2017

I'm a huge fan of really atmospheric horror, the kind that gets under your skin and makes a nice cozy home there. This book certainly delivers. You can smell the stench and rot weeping out of the Thames and the smoke engulfing the cramped brothels and bars. You can practically feel the darkness caving in as the protagonist delves deeper and deeper into London's underground. There's quite a few directions this book could take, and I'm very glad it didn't take the obvious route. There is quite a bit of backstory that is stretched out over the course of the novel that might not interest some but the depth of the story is phenomenal.

SnoIsleLib_MaryJ May 22, 2017

I am an enthusiastic Dan Simmons fan, having read The Terror, The Abominable, and The Fifth Heart in addition to Drood.

Drood is centered around the mysterious final years of Charles Dickens and his relationship with friend and author Wilkie Collins (The Moonstone).

This book was written for those readers who like historical fiction mixed with an element of the supernatural. This is Dan Simmons’ formula and it is highly successful in this book.

Those who enjoy action-packed, fast-paced can’t put down stories with an element of dark, creepy and disturbing (Egyptian mythology) and those who like biographical fiction, first person narratives, and historical mysteries will want to read this book. Set in Victorian London, it is a mixture of intrigue and squalor (the London sewer system is masterfully described), with elements of Egyptian mythology interwoven into the tale.

Descriptive, richly detailed writing style; intricately plotted; fascinating account of Dickens and Collins friendship as described by Collins (authentic, flawed characters). Anyone interested in the biographies of Dickens and Collins - and their singular love/hate relationship - will want to read this book.

Would highly recommend Dan Simmons. He is a master of his genre!

Bunny_Watson716 Dec 12, 2016

If you like atmospheric, Victorian novels that are slightly creepy, then try this. I loved the intermingling of Charles Dickens as a character and the mounting sense of unease conveyed as the book progresses.

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LovieBooker
Dec 02, 2016

You've got to love Dickens to like this books. Dan Simmons could have told the same story in half the pages.

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therhiannamater
Oct 20, 2016

There seems to be a distinct split in the opinion of this book from those who read it. I, for one, ate this book up in an embarrassingly short amount of time. The length of the book itself might be a turnoff for some, but this is my desperate plea to at least give this book a chance.

I'm a huge fan of atmospheric horror, the kind that gets under your skin and makes itself a nice cozy home . This book certainly delivers. You can smell the stench and rot weeping out of the Thames and the smoke engulfing the cramped brothels and bars. You can practically feel the darkness caving in as the protagonist delves deeper and deeper into London's underground. There's quite a few directions this book could take, and I'm very glad it didn't take the obvious route. There is a bit of backstory that is stretched out over the course of the novel that might not interest some but the depth of the story is phenomenal.
Just a tip- read it in the dark >:)

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ahalley73
Aug 03, 2016

I did not like this book at all. I found it tedious and disappointing. I kept plodding through hoping it would get better since it was recommended by Stephen King, but by about halfway through, what was keeping me going was the hope that something appropriately awful would befall the insufferable protagonist, Wilkie. No such luck. There's a month of my life I'll never get back.

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srogers5790
Jan 04, 2016

I must admit that this book was a bit of a let down. I kept plodding through the entire book waiting for Drood to be a fundamental character rather than just a background specter.
The Terror by Simmons was much more satisfying

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 13, 2014

Creepy Victorian scenes, opiate abuse and hallucinations, and a mysterious criminal/monster who may or may not be real. A fascinating novel that plays with the Drood mystery and creates a vivid portrait of Charles Dickens and his long-time friend Wilkie Collins.

bonniemargaret Apr 29, 2013

As an admirer of Charles Dickens' novels, I thought this book would be much more interesting. But I found it tedious. It often reads like a textbook, and is boring and eerie. (I like eerie when it's well done.) I was determined to get through it, but finally quit about 420 pages in.

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LouWSytsma
Mar 06, 2013

A fantastic book modeled on the Amadeus movie with Drood playing Salieri to Dickens - Mozart.

Simmons trademark thoroughness in researching the Dickens era shines through and lends authenticity to the story. Drood is a fascinating character, jealous of Dickens and the epitome of the unreliable narrator with his vices of drink and opium.

Simmons at his best.

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togterry Dec 07, 2011

Anincredible book by a gifted writer. This is historical fiction at it's best. It is a long read but once I started I was completely engrossed. Finished it in 3 nights. The ending is absolutely incredible and surprising. A must read!

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