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Librarian's Note Alternate Edition with same isbn isbn 13 January 2011THE EXTRAORDINARY AND MAGNIFICENT EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE HUGO AWARD NOMINATED ILIUMBeneath the gaze of the gods the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat scrupulou Contains spoilers towards the endThis is my least favorite bookIt s not the worst book I ve ever read Manos The Hands of Fate is perhaps the worst movie I ve ever seen but it s not my least favorite It takes than simple technical ineptness to rise or sink to the rank of my least favorite A least favorite work needs to commit some special crime Olympos crime is that it took the plot threads of Ilium one of the top two or three most creative and ambitious science fiction books I ve yet encountered and bungled them to an astonishing almost insulting degreeIlium as I ve just said is an incredible book It s perhaps Simmons most imaginative work so far and that s saying something In what other single book can you find posthumans posing as Greek gods on Mars intelligent machines discussing literature on the moons of Jupiter a legendary Greek hero hunting prehistoric mammals on the pampas of South America and a society of pampered partiers to whom getting devoured by an Allosaurus causes scarcely of an inconvenience than a bad hangover And that s just the tip of that book s iceberg of wonderful and unlikely inventions All of these unusual and fascinating things are packaged into three or less distinct storylines each of them exciting purposeful and compelling I found the Caliban seuence towards the end to be a somewhat abrupt and strange change of pace but I could live with it When I put the book down I could not wait to dive into the seuelIt was badHockenberry s tale in Ilium was exhilarating Hockenberry a seemingly rather weak character through deception desperation and pure ballsiness managed the manipulate the Greeks and Trojans into turning their war against the cruel posthuman Gods He s not given anything nearly as interesting or compelling to do here In fact besides flying halfway to Earth with the Moravecs and then deciding to teleport back I don t remember him doing much of anything notable As I found his story in Ilium to be especially compelling this was a real let down Simmons instead chose to spend much of his time on the Greek side of things with Achilles and his campaign against the gods Which is unfortunate because Achilles really does not have the depth to carry such storyline weight Olympos should have stuck with the continuing story arcs from Ilium rather than focusing so much time and energy on thisBut it turns out that s what Olympos does It sidetracks It goes on tangents abandoning the story arcs that made Ilium so compelling Take Harman s storyline for example For the most part it is rather interesting and actually does contribute to the story and our knowledge of the mythos of this world However near the end of his journey his story arc veers wildly off course to focus on a wrecked submarine containing black hole bombs Where did that come from How did that contribute in any way to the plot What mysteries did that solve With so many interesting possibilities in this wonderful setting why did Dan Simmons choose this non seuiter as the climactic moment for one of his main characters It makes me want to tear my hair outThat is another thing Olympos does introduce things at the last minute We finally meet SyxoraxCirce well towards the end of the book after hearing so much about her 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 Introducing an important character like that with only a small fraction of pages left makes things feel very cramped towards the end In fact the entire last section of the book felt very rushed and crampled I was reading the half hearted and generic epilogue almost before I even realized itI 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 Major conflicts peter out to nothing Setebos who seems to be the ultimate evil of this story flees and vanishes without a fight In the final showdown between Caliban and Daemen nothing climactic happens than Caliban uttering a few of his inscrutable verses Even Zeus demise felt meaningless and disappointing Childishly gross as well honestly And finally most of the major mysteries put forth by Ilium never get solved I still don t know how or why the Posts of Earth became the Gods of Olympos I still don t know how Odysseus ended up on Earth An explanation is put forth as to where the alternate ancient Greek Earth came from but I found it extremely weak and unsatisfying An afterthought Dan Simmons throwing up his hands and admitting that he doesn t knowSo yeah this is a rather long review But my frustration and contempt for this book has been stewing in me for years and I needed the catharsis of getting it all out in a place where others could perhaps commiserate with me Thanks for reading and may all seuels you read be better than this one

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Olympos Author Dan Simmons

Nd the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions to exterminate rather than serveAnd now all bets are off Mind blowing adrenaline pumping world expanding science fiction at its very best Dan Simmons has big ideas and grand schemes and he is never content to simply tell a story no he must weave it into our own reality in a seamless fashion reaching backward and forward in time and literature In this story I m grouping the previous book Ilium into the story he brings together Shakespeare Homer Proust uantum teleportation terraforming robots and so much Each new bit that unfolds reveals new amazements filled with both horror and wonder I definitely recommend both Ilium and Olympos to any fan of science fiction Or GreekTrojan history Or Shakespeare Or ignore all of the connections and enjoy it for its own sake

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Sly following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative but that was before twenty first century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy Hector and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus a It s like Simmons wanted to write a seuel to Ilium but told himself he was going to make it the exact opposite in almost every way imaginable This book was much darker in tone and much violent then the first book but it still totally worked for me None of what s in these pages should make any sense being an amalgamation of many different styles and influences as well as many characters real and imagined from history and literature but holy hell it is entertaining Almost all the characters from Ilium are back with some taking on bigger roles while others have smaller but Simmons does a great job of explaining everything and tying up loose ends Not EVERY single uestion is answered but the majority of them are enough to satisfy me and help me see what was really going on but since Simmons does not seem to be writing any Omega Canyon has been in the works for years I doubt there will be any sort of final book to wrap everything up nice and pretty Regardless these books both deserve five stars IMO


10 thoughts on “Olympos Author Dan Simmons

  1. says:

    Oh frack it I’ve started and deleted and restarted this review too many times already Dan Simmons’ Ilium and Olympos have left me speechless If you ask my wife you’ll discover that’s a rare occurrence indeed I don’t think I can put together an entirely coherent review much less something with any sig

  2. says:

    Contains spoilers towards the endThis is my least favorite bookIt's not the worst book I've ever read Manos The Hands of Fate is perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen but it's not my least favorite It takes than simple t

  3. says:

    MAJOR SPOILERS AHEADI have tremendous problems with this book not the least of which is that I wanted to enjoy it so badly Simmons has a talent for writing good scenes and decent characters but the overall structure of this book is so sloppy and disappointing that I can't help but feel cheated I felt this way at the end

  4. says:

    I enjoyed the beginning of this book as it picks up where Ilium left off Leading up to about the middle of the book the story line is interesting and exciting And then wham Stinky turds from there on out The rest of the story is a classic example of everything I can't stand about bad science fictionNo or very little insight into the science The author just assumes you know what the he is talking aboutSo many people and

  5. says:

    It's like Simmons wanted to write a seuel to Ilium but told himself he was going to make it the exact opposite in almost every way imaginable This book was much darker in tone and much violent then the first book but it still totally worked fo

  6. says:

    didn't answer anythingthe uite one didn't show upsetebos just leftislamophobia left a bad taste in my mind

  7. says:

    If you ever plan to read the Ilium duo logy then i recommend doing it back to back I picked up Olympos 18 months after Ilium and experienced a great deal of confusion My usual go to Wikipedia let me down so i resorted to finding spoiler reviews which gave me snippets of names events and what went down I would st

  8. says:

    Dan Simmons' Olympos consists mainly in two threads In the one most of our various characters Harman and Daeman the moravecs Odysseus Achilles et al undertake long journeys in time and space bringing them at an unbearably slow pace towards the future Earth On these journeys they endure various ordeals of little conseuence and a great deal of nothing occurs and is described at great length and in extraordinary detail by Simmons I

  9. says:

    Mind blowing adrenaline pumping world expanding science fiction at its very best Dan Simmons has big ideas and grand schemes and he is never content to simply tell a story; no he must weave it into our own reality in a seamless fashion reaching backward and forward in time and literature In this story I’m grouping the previous book Ilium into the “story” he brings together Shakespeare Homer Proust uantum teleportation terra

  10. says:

    Welllll I just can't get excited about this book now that it's over After wading through 900 dense pages of literary influenced sci fi I feel a little cheated by where we ended up Harman's journey into what was supposed to be the Earth's past our future I guess was pretty dull considering the tantalizing hints Simmons drops I lov