Drood by Dan Simmons
Details: Paperback, 775 pages
Published: February 8th 2010 by Back Bay Books
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: Book Depository
Rating: 5 stars
Summary: 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 ofLondon 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.
Review: I have been wanting to read something by this author for a very long time. I always thought The Terror would be the one I would pick up first, but when I came across Drood for super cheap, I just couldn’t resist. I am so glad I bought it. I honestly don’t think there was a single thing about this book that I didn’t absolutely love. It is perfect. So fo course the next time I was at the store I had to pick up The Terror. I haven’t read that one yet, but I can’t wait to start it. If it is even a tiny bit as good as Drood, I’m sure I will love it.
If you haven’t read Drood yet, please pick it up. I know the size of it can be a bit intimidating, but it is such a great read. I’m sure you will love it.
Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Drood and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future. I still haven’t read The Terror yet, and I now own Black Hills too. Still can’t wait to get into both of them.