Dan Simmons Anyone?????

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  1. Demeter
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    Demeter Active Member

    Some great suggestions here. I've only read Drood and liked it very much. Been wondering ever since which of his books I should read next.
  2. kingricefan
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Start with Song Of Kali or Summer Of Night or Darwin's Blade, they'll give you an idea of the scope this Simmon's writes in. Carrion Comfort should blow you away tho! Happy reading!
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    ive rad carrion comfort, loved it, Ive read Flashback, loved it, ive read The terror, loved it, read black hills , couldnt get into it!!
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Just finished reading Dan Simmon's Chasing The Rubber Chicken. It's a small chapbook that contains three award ceremony speeches he gave back in the early '90's. In one of them he praises Stephen King but at the same time he states that he doesn't believe King will be widely read a hundred years from now as he (King) relies on too much placement of everyday objects such as Kleenex, Pepsi, etc. and that noone will care about all of that. Well, all I have to say is that if someone wants to know what everyday life was like back in England in the 1800's they only need to read Charles Dickens. I believe that SK is the Dickens of our generation. He goes into detail what it is to grow up in a small town in Maine and what life has been or is like for all of us now. So, a hundred years from now when someone wants to see how life was in America in the late twentieth century all they will need to do is look for a King novel to give them a glimpse.
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    I've read all of Simmons books except for The Abdominable which is on my TBR pile. He is a great writer. He is also more of an idea guy than a character guy. I always find his characters cold. I really enjoyed Black Hill - in many ways it reminds me of his version of The Dead Zone.

    Carrion Comfort is closest in style to a King book and is a great mix of horror and SF.
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    i love your avatar.
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    Much obliged. :m_cool:
  8. Bev Vincent
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    I just finished doing a tag-team review of The Abominable with my NECON buddy Hank Wagner for the next issue of Dead Reckonings.
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    shookme Obscure Member

    I finished Fires of Eden a week or two back. Wasn't sure if I was going to like it but the story ended up pulling me in. Dan sure does his homework before starting a story, doesn't he?
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Instead of the old realitor saying' Location! Location! Location!' Simmons uses 'Research! Research! Research!' :biggrin-new:
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    I've got this first edition Prayers to Broken Stones on my book shelf that I'm dying to get started on. That, and The Abominable.

    Too many damn books and not enough time!
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Preaching to the choir, sister, preaching to the choir! You should really like Prayers (I haven't read Abominable yet, it's in my TBR pile). Prayers shows the versitality of Simmons writing.
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Just got a really good deal on a signed limited copy of Summer Sketches by Simmons published by Lord John Press! Woohoo!
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    I'm too lazy to look right now. Is this a collection of Dan's sketches only?
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    It does have some cool sketches in it (including one he did of the real Dracula's castle), but it is also a small non-fiction study on his travels around the world and where/how he got ideas for stories or books. It's a pretty cool book, one that I owned before but sold on ebay when I moved across the state and had to downsize the book collection.
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    Yes, I loved them. Probably my favorite SF series of all time. The first is especially masterful.
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    I am interested in thoughts on The Abominable; is it worth a gift card?
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    And to think that this series started with Simmons telling a story to his class of little kids (when he taught school).......he certainly took it to a whole 'nuther level!
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Just received my signed limited copy of Summer Sketches today! Beautiful book!
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    It's in my TBR pile, so can't help you with this one. Say sorry!
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