Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway: Drood
On June 8, 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling on a train that was involved in an accident in Staplehurst, England. The only first-class carriage that didn’t jump the track was the one carrying Charles Dickens, his mistress and her mother. After Dickens got the two women to safety, he began to help injured passengers from the other carriages. He encounters Drood, who is described as being “cadaverously thin, almost shockingly pale,” with “eyes set deep under a pale, high brow that melded into a pale, bald scalp.” His nose was “mere black slits” and he had “small, sharp, irregular teeth, spaced too far apart.” Upon his return home, Dickens became obsessed with finding Drood, and involved his friend Wilkie Collins in the hunt.
Drood, by Dan Simmons, is the fictional memoir of Wilkie Collins that explores the last five years of Charles Dickens’ life. (Wilkie Collins was a writer and friend of Charles Dickens.) The “memoir” was written in the late 1800’s but intended for readers of the future. Dickens left an incomplete novel entitled The Mystery of Edwin Drood, hence the name of this book. At 771 pages, this is not a fast read, but it is oh, so engrossing. Drood is full of detail that I found so fascinating that I stopped to look up information on Dickens, Collins and the Staplehurst accident during my reading. I discovered that this book was very well researched. I was surprised to learn that opium was so widely used in England at that time. I highly recommend this book!
Listen to what Dan Simmons has to say about Drood:
I have an extra copy of Drood to give to one lucky reader.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO Boxes, please). I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST, Saturday, March 7, 2009. Winners will be announced on Sunday, March 8, 2009.
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