Dan Simmons Anyone?????

Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by kingricefan, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I wanted to be the first to start a thread about the wonderful, very talented writer Dan Simmons! I know that there's lots of us on here who have enjoyed his works. I just came back from a trip to Seattle to meet him at his book signing (for his newest novel 'The Abominable') at Third Place Books this past week. This is the fifth time I have met him. He has written in pretty much every genre of fiction, be it horror, suspense and thriller and has mastered each one! Stephen King has called Simmon's horror novel 'Summer Of Night' the 'best horror novel in the last five years (1991), it is surely one of the best three'. King is quoted as saying 'I am in awe of Dan Simmons.' Simmon's 1st novel 'Song Of Kali' made me want to never visit Calcutta, ever! He has won numerous awards, both in the sci-fi genre and the horror genre. His last four novels 'The Terror, Drood, Black Hills and Flashback' have all been bestsellers, so he is finally getting the recognition for his writings that he has deserved for many years. His first short story 'The River Styx Runs Upstream' was voted best short story by Twilight Zone magazine when it was submitted. If you need a new author to read I don't think you can go wrong with Simmons!
     
  2. shookme

    shookme Obscure Member

    Simmons is pretty damn impressive. Highly recommend his collection Lovedeath also.

    Carrion Comfort gave me the piss shivers too.
     
  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Carrion Comfort is one of my all-time favorite horror/suspense novels! I have the Dark Harvest edition which I take with me every time Simmon's does a reading/signing tour. So far he has signed it five times over the years. It's become a tradition with us! He's also drawn little doodles of creatures four times. Last week when he was signing it he said 'This one's going to be worth alot of money if I become famous and die.' He laughed. I told him that wasn't my intent! I had a small suitcase filled with his books which he very graciously signed each one for me. I waited till almost everyone had gone thru the line to get their books signed and let a few people in front of me as I didn't want to hold them up while he signed my books. he's a great guy, if you ever get the chance to see him DO IT!
     
  4. days be strange

    days be strange Trapped here. Send help. They won't let me leave.

    I never read him before. What book would you recommend for a first timer?
     
  5. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    Yes -- a big fan. Summer of Night would be a good one to start with. I recently finished The Abominable, which is great. I wrote the appreciation of him for the World Horror Convention programme book, where he was named Grand Master, earlier this year.
     
  6. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    You could start with his first novel 'Song Of Kali'. I usually recommend 'Carrion Comfort' also, but it's a big, thick book and some folks don't want ot delve into a big book their first time with a new author. 'Summer Of Night' would be a good place also. Be forewarned tho' he pulls a 'Hitchcock' in it! Those are horror books. If you want something more mainstream try 'Darwin's Blade' or his thrillers 'Hardcase','Hard Freeze' and 'Hard As Nail's'- they are his detective books.
     
  7. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Hey, Bev, I will have to see if I can locate a copy of that! Sounds cool!
     
  8. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Sadly, I forgot to bring some of the anthologies with me that contain a few of his short stories.....:stupid:
     
  9. shookme

    shookme Obscure Member

    Depends on what you like. I agree that Summer of Night and Carrion Comfort are good horror stories to start with. The Crook Factory is a great thriller!
     
  10. days be strange

    days be strange Trapped here. Send help. They won't let me leave.

    I'll be on the lookout next time I go to the book store.
     
  11. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    Alas it was only available to people attending the convention. It also contained an unpublished section from a novel he's working on. You might find a copy on the secondary market, but it won't be easy.
     
  12. jacobtlong

    jacobtlong The Nerdiest Member

    Admittedly, I haven't really read a lot of Dan Simmons. He seems like an author I should like, but I haven't really pursued his novels. I tried The Terror and Summer of Night, but I never really finished them. Not because they weren't interesting, but just because I had so much other stuff on my plate at the time.
     
  13. shookme

    shookme Obscure Member

    Anyone check out the Hyperion books? I'm not a big sci-fi fan but I've read nothing but praise for them (and it is Dan after all).
     
  14. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I have read the first 2 Hyperion novels (they ARE great, although I am not a sci-fi fan) and the third one in the series, Endymion, but lost interest after that. Simmons has created one of the most terrifying creatures in fiction (the Shrike) and has an amazing plot line for this series of books. If anyone reading this is a fan of sci-fi and hasn't read these books, you really ought to.
     
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  15. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    Hyperion/Endymion is a terrific series -- science fiction crossed with horror. I think the only book of his I haven't yet read is Olympos. I liked Ilium well enough, but haven't found a chunk of time to tackle the big follow-up.
     
  16. xkittyx

    xkittyx Unfound

    I have The Terror and Ilium on my TBR, and my goal is to read The Terror next month. Hopefully will accomplish it...
     
  17. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Summer of Night is my very favorite horror novel. I love Dan Simmons. Uncle Steve is first, Rick is second and, then , Dan.
     
  18. jchanic

    jchanic Well-Known Member

    My favorite Dan Simmons books are The Terror, Drood, The Abominable and Song of Kali. I've read a few of his that I didn't like, though.

    John
     
  19. shookme

    shookme Obscure Member

    Good to know! I have The Abominable on my shelf waiting for me to get caught up with other stuff.
     
  20. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    You're right, John, not all of his novels are great. I really didn't enjoy Fires In Eden very much- maybe it just wasn't what I was expecting? But, the man does know how to tell a good story.
     
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