Friday, February 27, 2009

Review: Drood



Title:  Drood
Author:  Dan Simmons
Review Copy Provided by:  Hachette

About the Book:  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?

My Review:  Let me start by saying that this book intimidated me from the very beginning, because of it's size.  It is a whopping 771 pages long!  I know, but don't let that stop you.  Don't even let the fact that it starts slow stop you.  Once you get into it, you will be stuck!  I enjoyed this book, even though it started out slow for me.  Dan Simmons writes very eloquently and sometimes I felt like it was over my head, but I got it.  This story is set in another country and time period that I am not real familiar with, so I had to wrap my head around those differences in order to understand the story.  It is creepy at times.  Drood is a mysterious character.  I never knew there was such a dark side to Dickens, but now it explains the slight creepiness of A Christmas Carol and others that he wrote.  My favorite character in the story though, was Wilkie.  I just fell in love with and rooted for him.  Yes, he's odd.  Yes, he takes medicine, laudanum, just to function through the day, but he was a lovable character, I thought.  Wilkie is a dear friend to Dickens, thank goodness, because he sure needed one.  I had never read any of Simmons' writing before this, but I know that I will be picking up more in the future.  He hooked me, scared me, mesmerized me, and made me dig dipper into a man that I didn't know much about.  Drood is a must read, just don't expect to read it quickly.  It needs to be absorbed to be understood.

Be sure to visit the other stops on the Drood blog tour!

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12 comments:

bermudaonion said...

My only complaint about this book is that I found it too heavy to read in bed and I love to read in bed.

Luanne said...

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it even though it wasn't a familiar time period Shel. I have to echo Bermudaonion. I had to put a pillow on my lap to prop it up!

Book Lover Lisa said...

I found the very beginning a little slow to get into, but once I did it was amazing how those pages flew by. This was my first Simmons, but I, too, will be seeking out more.

Toni said...

Great review! I definitely found it creepy too! In a way that kept me wanting to read more! I am soooo glad it was long because I craved more and more.... not a fast read that is for sure.!

bookfool said...

Simmons is just wonderful! I loved The Terror, A Winters Haunting,Summer of Night and Darwin' Blade. He's just a terrific author. I'm almost done with Drood, its good, but I think I like The Terror better.

Jenn said...

Great review! I was obsessed with this book; took it everywhere with me in the hopes I could sneak in a bit of reading. A difficult task with such a hefty book!

The Tome Traveller said...

Just stopping by on the tour. Seems like everyone enjoyed this one, I know I did!

Miriam said...

I'm just stopping by too! Great review!

Allison said...

Great review...I hope to give it another chance sometime..The book is heavy!! I had to prop it up with something to read it! Thanx for stopping at my blog too!

April said...

Great review and I agree in so many areas! I am thrilled that I was able to get past the length of the book and really let it transport me. I really liked Wilkie also, and am anxious to read something by him now - and find more out about both him and Dickens!

drey said...

Just stopping by. Great review! I was totally intimated by the size, too. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Amy said...

looks slow but worth it:)
great review!
-amy

 
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