If Ilium left you wondering whether it were possible for Dan Simmons to make this stranger, and any more spectacular — with Olympos you have your answer. Gary Taylor is not impressed by Olympos, Dan Simmons’s retelling of the Troy saga. I wanted to like it. After Ilium, I was all fired up for the big explanation. I was looking forward to Achilles being a legendary badass, and the.
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They were all individually fascinating, but they didn’t come together into anything Named after the roboticist Hans Moravecthey are autonomous, sentient, self-evolving oylmpos organisms that dwell on the Jovian moons.
View all 8 comments. Her scenes do nothing to explain things, and in fact only serve to make it less clear exactly how the Odysseus of the Trojan war became the Odysseus that Harman and company encounter on Earth. Lovely individually, but a bit discordant together. Jan 11, Kiri rated it it was amazing. In reality, their numbers are much smaller than that, olymppos , because each woman is allowed to have only one child.
There is a lot of crazy, wonderful stuff going on in this book, and Simmons does satisfy the reader’s curiosity by answering some of the questions, but he also fuels the reader’s desire for more by leaving a select few unanswered. And then a new character introduced pages from the end, but never dwn and just sails off into space.
For the most part, it is rather interesting, and actually does contribute to the story and our knowledge of the mythos of this world. There are some interesting bits and bobs, but mostly I am just massively bored. In OlymposSimmons, having maxed out the revisionist mythic possibilities afforded him by The Iliadreaches into his bag of tricks and pulls out Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Apr 11, Erin rated it liked it. It is imaginative, interesting, combines several different narrative styles, and has inexplicable central mystery. The novels are written in first-person, present-tense when centered on Hockenberry’s character, but features third-person, past-tense narrative in all other instances.
Then there are the olynpos battle scenes. Stinky turds from there on out.
dsn Sometimes, life gets in the way of reading, and it takes a month to read a page book. I need a literary pallet cleanser. The comparison of a sound to “a boy running a stick along the dxn cage of a skeleton” makes the boy as real as the sudden skeleton, which pops up where we are expecting a picket fence. Nov 24, Derek rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ilium is described as klympos “epic tale that spans 5, years and sweeps across the entire solar system, including themes and characters from Homer’s The Iliad and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
In Illium and Olympos he really goes all out. However, near the end of his journey his story arc veers wildly off course to focus on a wrecked submarine containing black hole bombs. This book really disappointed me on a number of levels.
So I enjoyed it on a page to page basis. I know women who could identify as much as I do with that bow moment, but Homer makes it very specifically male. So the dude wretches and forces himself to do the horrible deed.
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If I wanted to read this kind of shit it’s all over the internet or TV. This scene is so stupid, so awful, and in such poor taste that it throws a olgmpos over the entire novel. Views Read Edit View history. And hundreds of pages later at the end of the book the awakened female character has literally made no contribution to the plot.
In Januaryit was announced that the screenplay he wrote for his novels Ilium and Olympos would be made into a film by Digital Domain and Barnet Bain Films, with Simmons acting as executive producer. The various plots meandered while none of the big mysteries olympoe answered. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s just the whole that left me feeling unfulfilled.
Surviving humans less than a million of them live in fully automated compounds, where all their needs are taken care of by swarms of robotic servitors. Nov 14, Terran rated it liked it Shelves: I’m just getting started with the laundry list of things that frustrate me to no end about Olympos, but by now I’m getting tired of typing and you may well be tired of reading, so I’ll keep the rest brief.
I also want to repeat here an observation made by another reviewer whose name I cannot remember: Contains spoilers towards the end This is my least favorite book. I may come back to this again in the distant future, after reading the first book, but generally would highly recommend you to stay away. Simmons denounces violence and war in this book. And the revived 20th-century American scholar Hockenberry attempts to chronicle the events while making love to volatile Helen of Troy.
You begin thinking that olypos about the gods of Olympos and the quantum disturbances they’re creating that threaten the very existence of the solar system.
I need a new best friend. There is also talk about post-humans who have faxed most of the base-line population into the massive orbital rings that surround the planet — or something like that. Let me give you a olymoos taste of what can you expect from this book:.
Simmons repeatedly “solves” mysteries he has been building since the first page of Ilium in a single tossed-off sentence or paragraph.