Tag: Author: Dan Simmons


Review: The Fall of Hyperion

Posted 10 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing–nothing anywhere in the universe–will ever be the same.

After reading Hyperion (review), I knew I had to pick up the next book 😛

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Review: Hyperion

Posted 9 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope—and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

At long last, I am getting around to reading this book. Hyperion was one of those classics I long heard about but of course I’m notoriously behind when it comes to reading science fiction classics (despite loving the genre). I had picked it up early this year with the aim to actually get around to reading it, which I finally did over the summer.

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Review: Drood

Posted 27 October, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, lol. To be honest, I haven’t been reading as much as usual (which makes sense since I’m on exchange, don’t have a lot of English books on me, and have far too many other things preoccupying my time for the past month and a bit). But at last, a review (albeit a somewhat short one?)!

Drood
By: Dan Simmons

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?

This book has been on my want-to-read list for quite a while actually. I was in desperate need of something this one time I was out waiting for an appointment and ended up picking this book up because unlike in North America, it’s in mass bound paperback form here (though it looks like it’s coming out in mass paperback over there soon too). The plot and setting intrigued me especially as I’ve written some of the books written by both Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

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