Drood by Dan Simmons
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The core of this story is Drood as a game played between two men. Dickens may create this mythic figure and persuade Collins that Drood exists. Collins may delude himself into believing that he is playing a game with Dickens that involves a person called Drood. Either way, Collins starts off doubting Drood exists and ends up believing he exists.
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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?
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's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's 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.

Bonus ebook included: Charles Dickens classic "The Signal-Man"- the haunting tale of a train worker tormented by ghostly predictions that is referenced in the novel.
 

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In his twenty years of publication, DAN SIMMONS has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction. He lives in Colorado.
 
Published January 22, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 796 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Aug 25 2009

The core of this story is Drood as a game played between two men. Dickens may create this mythic figure and persuade Collins that Drood exists. Collins may delude himself into believing that he is playing a game with Dickens that involves a person called Drood. Either way, Collins starts off doubting Drood exists and ends up believing he exists.

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