1. Welcome to BookAndReader!

    We LOVE books and hope you'll join us in sharing your favorites and experiences along with your love of reading with our community. Registering for our site is free and easy, just CLICK HERE!

    Already a member and forgot your password? Click here.

Dan Simmons

Discussion in 'Author Discussion' started by lenny nero, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    I think this guy is an incredible author. He's won awards in 3 different genres: horror, sci-fi, and crime fiction. Pretty amazing I think. My favorite books by him are Carrion Comfort and A Winter Haunting, which is a sequel to Summer of Night. The latter was the last book I read that gave me the heebie jeebies. He's also got a great collection of short stories called Lovedeath.
     
  2. hay82

    hay82 Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,366
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    The Gathering Storm
    Summer of night is the only book ever that had me wanting to look under my bed before I went to sleep.

    Had thought about reading more of his books, but there are so many books I want to read and horror is not exactly on the top of my list.
     
  3. jay

    jay New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    363
    Likes Received:
    0
    I picked up _Song of Kali_ after hearing Harlan Ellison praise it as (something like) 'the best book in years'.
    Well, I wanted to toss it on the fire within 10 pages. I gave it a chance to nearly 100 pages and it just continued to suck (and *hardly* shock or scare) and go NOWHERE.

    If this is the cream of the crop in the current SF and horror world, clearly the bottom of the barrel has been achieved.
    j
     
  4. victorlaslo

    victorlaslo New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2005
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    lee child, persauder
    Yeah, I read Song of Kali, thought that was very good. Carrion Comfort was OK. Unfortunatly I can't remember the name of the other book, by DS, I read but it was about a retired astronaut trying to find himself, it was very intelligently written but a bit slow, completly different to the other two. Anyone know what it was called?
     
  5. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    I think that one is called Phases of Gravity. I liked it too.
     
  6. lies

    lies New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2002
    Messages:
    1,567
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've never actually given Simmons a chance. His name turns me off for some reason.

    For anyone who's interested in more in depth discussions of Simmons's books, there are two TBF threads already that would welcome some discussion: Hyperion and Ilium.
     
  7. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    He's got a new one out that sounds good, but I'll probably wait till it hits paperback to get it:

     
  8. ifpiper

    ifpiper New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2007
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Terror is a phenomenal book with a so so ending. The amount of research involved is immense. More literature then "pop" fiction. Highly reccomended. Two other great novels by Simmons are "Children of the Night", and "Summer of Night".
     
  9. TDFuhringer

    TDFuhringer New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2007
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have to agree with ifpiper. I've just finished The Terror and for 90% of the book I was on the edge of my seat. What a horrifying and exciting story. I guess 90% of a great book is better than 100% of a bad book. :)
     
  10. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    Finished The Terror last nite, and it's easily the best book I read in '07. It actually made me want to do some more reading about the Franklin Expedition. Simmons really gets across the isolation and the cold that these men must've gone through. I can't recommend it enough.
     
  11. Sofia

    Sofia New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Messages:
    1,879
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have A Winter Haunting on my shelf.......question though: is it recommended to read Summer Of Night first?
     
  12. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    I would definitely read Summer of Night first.
     
  13. saliotthomas

    saliotthomas New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,346
    Likes Received:
    0
    hello

    He is a very good writer ,and i also just finished the terror,it's very good!

    but ,as a low point he wrote a book call Darwin bladethat just about as good as a Dick Francis! I didn't read anythings from him for years after this one.
     
  14. saliotthomas

    saliotthomas New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,346
    Likes Received:
    0
    I read last week Children of the night by Dan Simmons and i must admit that's another bad one.I wonder if he does have a ghostwriter,The terror, Carrion confort,Hyperion,and olympos are exellent and sometime he drops some dung worth of the other Dan.
    Badly written,unimaginative,caricatural characteres,the lot.
    Maybe helping out an ungifted writer brother in law?
     
  15. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    This was the vampire one, right? I didn't like that one much either. You should check out Summer of Night after Drood.
     
  16. saliotthomas

    saliotthomas New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,346
    Likes Received:
    0
    I will ...
    Did you finish Drood?
    I wanted to read the Dickens story first but i got a bad audi copy.


    And yes it is the vampire one.(sort of making a cure for aids with vampire blood...)
     
  17. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    Drood was very good. I really enjoyed that it wasn't the story that I was expecting.
     
  18. joderu95

    joderu95 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2008
    Messages:
    804
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Terror is excellent so far. Just started a few days ago.
     
  19. mmyap

    mmyap Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    Messages:
    272
    Likes Received:
    1
    Currently Reading:
    American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence
    I'm just getting into Drood. I'm excited to hear that it might have some surprises for me.

    I'm loving the whole underbelly of old London and the deep dark catacomb atmosphere.:D
     
  20. lenny nero

    lenny nero New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2005
    Messages:
    1,474
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    'Watch You Bleed' by Stephen Davis
    That book drips with atmosphere.
     

Share This Page