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    Author: Dan Simmons

    I thought it might be good to have a thread dedicated to a given author.....

    Ok, I think Dan Simmons is one of the best writers out there today.

    So far I have read:

    Ilium
    Olympos
    Song of Kali
    Summer of Night
    Winter Haunting
    Carrion Comfort
    Hyperion
    Fall of Hyperion


    How about anybosy else. Love him? Hate him?

    #2
    Originally posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    I thought it might be good to have a thread dedicated to a given author.....

    Ok, I think Dan Simmons is one of the best writers out there today.

    How about anybosy else. Love him? Hate him?
    That he definitely is.
    I discovered Simmons through the reading of Carrion Comfort, which I still consider my favorite of his.
    I see The Terror is missing from your list.
    Do check it out; it's a very good book.

    Yes, I love Simmons. Whenever he's got a new book out, I buy it, regardless the subject matter or the reviews.

    sk
    Last edited by frik51; 06-13-2011, 03:24 PM.

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      #3
      I am VERY much looking forward to this one:

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...SIN=0316006963

      Brian
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        #4
        Brian, if you're interested, the moved the pub date up and it is available now.

        frik51, I have that and Drood. Just have not gotten to them yet. Come to think of it, I think I have basically all of his other stuff in my 47 foot TBR pile.

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          #5
          Oh hey, so they did! It'll go on the pile and then I'll just need time!
          Brian James Freeman
          brianfreeman@cemeterydance.com

          Cemetery Dance Publications: http://www.cemeterydance.com
          Lonely Road Books: http://www.lonelyroadbooks.com
          LetterPress Publications: http://www.LetterPressPublications.com
          My Writing: http://www.BrianJamesFreeman.com

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            #6
            Originally posted by Brian Freeman View Post
            I am VERY much looking forward to this one:

            http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031...SIN=0316006963

            Brian
            I don't remember where, but I did order a special edition.
            Ah, yes: Subterranean Press.


            Originally posted by bsaenz24 View Post
            frik51, I have that and Drood. Just have not gotten to them yet.
            Drood's practically the only Simmons book I did not care for too much.
            Just couldn't get into it.


            sk
            Last edited by frik51; 06-14-2011, 03:35 PM.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Brian Freeman View Post
              Oh hey, so they did! It'll go on the pile and then I'll just need time!
              Ah, time! That elusive beast! I have read Carrion Comfort and enjoyed it quite a bit, but will admit I have let his other novels slide. Looks like I need to do some catching up! I like the feeling when there's an author you enjoy and you realize they have many works you haven't read yet!
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                #8
                Loved Ilium, the Hyperions, Carrion Comfort and Summer of Night. I thought the Terror was magnificent. But Drood? ~~le sigh~~ I tried so hard to like that book.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by JJ Holden View Post
                  Loved Ilium, the Hyperions, Carrion Comfort and Summer of Night. I thought the Terror was magnificent. But Drood? ~~le sigh~~ I tried so hard to like that book.
                  I guess I've read Summer of Night too! So many books-hard to remember what I've read!
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                    #10
                    I have read every Dan Simmons novel & short story/novella except for his contribution to the Jack Vance DYING EARTH collection from a year or so ago.

                    My favorites are CARRION COMFORT, the HYPERION quartet and PHASES OF GRAVITY, with books like THE TERROR & SUMMER OF NIGHT just a notch below. The only novel by Simmons that I didn't quite like was DARWIN'S BLADE, it had its moments, but to me, it didn't quite mesh together. It seemed like the things he was trying to do with that novel, he later perfected with the excellent Joe Kurtz trilogy of HARD novels (HARDCASE, HARD FREEZE & HARD AS NAILS).

                    Greg

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                      #11
                      I really have to get to those Joe Kurtz books!!! I guess they didn't sell well. When I saw Dan Simmons in Chicago, I brought several hardbacks to get signed, but not the HARD books. He specifically mentioned nobody every has those!!! LOL!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Greg Lee View Post
                        I have read every Dan Simmons novel & short story/novella except for his contribution to the Jack Vance DYING EARTH collection from a year or so ago.

                        My favorites are CARRION COMFORT, the HYPERION quartet and PHASES OF GRAVITY, with books like THE TERROR & SUMMER OF NIGHT just a notch below. The only novel by Simmons that I didn't quite like was DARWIN'S BLADE, it had its moments, but to me, it didn't quite mesh together. It seemed like the things he was trying to do with that novel, he later perfected with the excellent Joe Kurtz trilogy of HARD novels (HARDCASE, HARD FREEZE & HARD AS NAILS).

                        Greg
                        Darwin's Blade has always been one of my favorites despite its flaws. I'm sure I haven't read all his books, but definitely a lot of them. I'll have to check out the HARD novels, as they don't sound familiar.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Dave1442397 View Post
                          Darwin's Blade has always been one of my favorites despite its flaws.
                          +1

                          I don't think I've got much of a sense of humour, but I loved this book especially because it was incredibly funny - the only book (??) that ever made me laugh out loud.
                          Flaws? What flaws??

                          sk

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by frik51 View Post
                            +1

                            I don't think I've got much of a sense of humour, but I loved this book especially because it was incredibly funny - the only book (??) that ever made me laugh out loud.
                            Flaws? What flaws??

                            sk
                            I don't notice any flaws myself, but a lot of reviewers did...maybe I just don't care!

                            As for laugh-out-loud books, how about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? I read that in a bookstore (Eason, in Dublin) many years ago and was laughing out loud in the store.

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                              #15
                              I loved the Terror. One of my favorite books. He really makes you feel what the men felt. I also have prayers to dying stones. Book of short stories. But have only read a handful so far. But I love the introduction about him going to a writing conference and about ready to give up writing. Cool story.

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