Dan Simmons - Olympos

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Posted by Sulkyblue (11th Oct 2005, 17:26)

This was a doozy of a book, epic in everyway from pagecount to plot, timespan to style. I didn't re-read Ilium before starting this sequel which was probably a mistake as I spent the first 300 pages or so trying to work out what on earth was going on. I couldn't work out whether stuff they were talking about had happened 'on screen' in the previous book or not. There were about 12 pages in the middle of the book where I felt I had a pretty good grasp of what was going on and then everything went to hell in a hand basket again. This isn't to say I didn't hugely enjoy reading Olympus - it's superbly written and doesn't really matter whether you understand what's going on. The characters are engaging, the mini-plots make sense, the style is intersting and everything is thrown in with a sort of gleeful abandon that makes it hard not to like. One day I'll go back and read them again and see if it makes more sense, but for now I'm happy to have enjoyed them.

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