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?
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' life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens' 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.
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Yes. It provides some interesting historical information on Dickens and provides a fascinating (if totally fabricated) take on his unfinished last novel. Since it is told from the perspective of a totally unreliable narrator, there are several passages in the novel that are quite amusing. Since the narrator is clearly envious of Charles Dickens and is also an opium addict practically everything in the book is should be questioned by the reader as to whether or not it is in the mind of the narrator or actually happens.
At one point, the narrator believes he has murdered the child of his house servants while they are out. He lures her into an attic space and then walls her in with what he believes are some sort of hellish creatures that are out to get him. Later in the book, the child is mentioned again and is clearly fine. Clearly an opium inducted delusion from which the narrator suffers. There are other several other examples in the novel of the narrators delusions.
Laugh on occusion.
I am a die-hard Dan Simmons fan, and could likely never be dissatisfied by one of his books. However, I read in one of the previous reviews up there that this is "Dsn Simmons at his best"; to which I can only say, "no, not quite."
Could hardly wait for this to be over. Kept thinking I had missed something. But I didn't. Just seemed to have something missing from the story.
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