About the Book: 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.
Welcome to the blog tour for Dan Simmon's latest novel, Drood!!
This weekend I had the privilege of attending an author event with Mr. Simmons at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. I've heard of Vroman's for a long time and always wanted to visit (it's about an hour away from where I live) and since I was on this blog tour, I knew this event would be the perfect opportunity.
I absolutely love to hear from authors. I don't need to have read any of their books to enjoy hearing them talk about the process of writing, talk about their books, and read from their books. I also love the chance to observe them, since I am very much an observer.
So I was impressed to observe Mr. Simmons, author of over 20 published novels, help set up additional chairs. He was very gracious in every way throughout the event, in fact. He started off by telling us about the book has already been optioned for film and that Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. Which is fabulous in my opinion, I think he would be perfect for this story, but I'm wondering how they will condense an 800 page book into 2 hours?
He proceeded to tell us about Charles Dickens. He said there is no way in our time that we can understand the importance of Charles Dickens to England and America during his time. He was an extremely important novelist. He influenced culture and was recognizable to all. He also explained in depth some of the background of what was going on in Charles Dickens life around the time of the Parkhurst accident, which changed his life.
He also gave us some background on his narrator Wilke Collins. Wilke Collins is an unreliable narrator. He was a famous novelist in his own right, but no Charles Dickens. It's interesting, because so many book bloggers have been reading his books lately. He also sounded totally crazy to me!
He read from the beginning of the book and about the accident and then signed books!
Now my dear readers...I had every intention of buying a copy of the book and getting it signed to give away. But then the person in line in front of me asked Mr. Simmons to draw a little illustration and he obliged and suddenly, I had to have that, too!
Isn't that awesome???? There's no way I'm parting with it, sorry! I also so impressed by how gracious Mr. Simmons was--he thanked me for asking him to draw it! I did get a copy of The Terror signed and Miriam at Hachette has generously agreed to give away a copy of Drood! So one lucky winner is going to soon have plenty of reading material!! Which as Mr. Simmons said, is important in these economically difficult times.
To enter the giveaway, please have a United States or Canadian street mailing address and leave a comment telling me if you have ever read anything by Charles Dickens, Wilke Collins, or Dan Simmons before! Make sure to leave a valid email address...a link back to your blog is not enough.
And be sure to visit the other tour stops today!
Thursday, February 26, 2009