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     Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 09:09 PM EST
    here's a book that caught my eye.

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    from amazon.com:
    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.


    it reminded me of the unquiet dead. because it deals with Charles Dickens last years.

    has anybody read it yet?

    "Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."
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     Saturday, May 09 2009 @ 10:43 PM EDT
    This sounds really good!

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     Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 04:58 AM EDT
    I read Dan Simmons' The Terror at the beginning of the year. It was fantastic - a slow burner but well worth sticking with. Similar to the plot mentioned above, it took a real historical event and adds a sci-fi or horror element. It is about the Franklin voyage of discovery to find the North-West passage in the arctic in the 1850s. The two ships become trapped in the ice, but they are not alone, there's something out there in the dark and ice... I'd thoroughly recommend it (but it is a v long book).
    Drood sounds as though it is based on the train crash that Dickens was involved in later on in his life. I recollect that most of the train was destroyed and only one carriage survived intact - the one with Charles Dickens on board.
    Yes, I shall be looking out for this one. Thanks, Justice.

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     Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 04:59 AM EDT
    Oh and on a related point, as Wilkie Collins is mentioned. Has anybody read the Moonstone? Credited as the world's first Detective novel. I loved it!

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