Drood

Drood

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Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens' life, "Drood" explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to his final, unfinished work: "The Mystery of Edwin Drood".
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Jan 09, 2018

This has been a fun read, though I would hesitate to recommend it to someone not familiar with the zeitgeist of Victorian England. Mr. Simmons has perfectly imitated the style of writing, and the worldview, from that period (one of his gifts as a writer is the ability to completely change his point of view and manner of writing – that was clear from his sci-fi epic “Hyperion”); but the paranoia and xenophobia may be off-putting if you’re not familiar with the period. That said, this is an entertaining book; a sort-of “filling out” of Charles Dickens’ last (unfinished) novel “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, with Mr. Dickens himself as a major character. Simmons has it supposedly written by another real author, Wilkie Collins, who was writing at roughly the same time as Dickens. The writing is very much in Dickens’ (and Collins’) style. (There is an inside joke here; at one point Collins criticizes Dickens for adding too many details and sub-plots, but this book is intentionally full of the same.) It is at first a mystery story: a murder may have been committed, and the sinister character called Drood may have had something to do with it. However, Simmons’ alter-ego Collins is drug-addicted and suffers from increasingly horrific hallucinations – so we learn not to trust his reporting of the clues in the mystery. The turning point comes just after the half-way mark, when (with a hallucination borrowed from “The Matrix” movie) the book changes to a full-fledged horror story and Collins becomes one of the most unpleasant anti-heroes I’ve seen in a novel. Dickens himself (maybe) does at least one equally abominable deed. I won’t give any more spoilers than that.

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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.

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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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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