Ilium [Dan Simmons] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars — observed and. DAN SIMMONS. Ilium is a work of such brain-boggling scope that it’s difficult to figure out how to contain a discussion of all its different facets in a review that. Justina Robson explores an empire that never fell in Robert Silverberg’s Roma Eterna and a far-future Greece in Dan Simmons’s Ilium.

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At last, he begins to exercise some free will, to play the role of active agent in this book instead of just a passive observer. At first, I was highly entertained, though confused, with the events of the Trojan war and the other parts were just slmmons boring. Video thoughts at https: I loved Mahnmut and Orphu who, probably deliberately, defy their inhuman and synthetic exterior and have the most touching, human, and incredibly caring conversations and show the behaviour and actions to match them in the entire book.

Will definitely read Olympos. Not one little bit. And humor in the oddest of places. But even here Hockenberry finally managed to win me over.

Yes, we get it, people have a huge capacity for doing evil. And that’s what kept happening when I was reading: And who or better what are these voynixes? A grand and weird blend of space opera, fantasy, hard science fiction, humor, and literary criticism, “Ilium” is definitely one of the best and most original science fiction novels Simmmons have read in a long time.

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There have been a lot of recent dna and queries regarding the status of the movie option on the four Hyperion novels. Ilium is a story told through essentially three unrelated viewpoints. A dying human race with bored teenagers looking for excitement, eternal life and a chance to catch a glimpse of the post humans. I loved how the Greek fighting scenes sounded so very Greek because they always began with a minute listing of who was where and said and did what. Daemon simomns a self-involved fool who is unlikeable to say the least.


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Kevin Pariseau is the narrator of this audiobook and while at first I thought he over-acted the part of Hockenberry, though somehow not the other parts, I really grew to like him and found out that it was literally just the character of Hockenberry that he was playing. I could have given Troy not another thought in my life, along with all of the gods and their convoluted family, which through Homer’s account, and unless you are an enthusiastic scholar of Greek history, is pretty boring and hard to follow, especially considering the day and age we live in today.

The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars — observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family — and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private wars of vengeful gods and goddesses. Published June 28th by Ilino first published I can’t seem to say enough in the way of praise for Dan Simmons.

I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. When you get a little Proust, a lot of Shakespeare, a dash of Browning, mixed in with twists on Homer, Aristophanes, and Virgil, you know this isn’t lightweight stuff.

Aliens, robots, and Dann of all sizes. The Golden Apple musical Rhesus play. I do think knowledge of the Iliad will help with understanding, but not as much as one would think. Want to Read saving…. Because the Ilias is happening right at this moment, and Zeus wants them to look for any discrepancies between Homer’s opus and the real life happenings. Then came that fateful phrase upon which so many a sci fi and fantasy review has turned: Dan Simmons’ imagination knows no bounds and the ride he offers in Ilium is not something one can refuse.

It’s over 29 hours long and I was looking forward to it every time I got in the car or took my puppy for a walk. Simmons makes his home in Colorado. And what the hell are the voynix, the strange bipeds who dutifully serve and protect the humans on Earth, though no one seems to know where they came from or why? On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost past and devastating truth—as four sentient The Trojan War rages at ilionn foot of Olympos Mons on Mars—observed and influenced from on high by Zeus and his immortal family—and twenty-first-century professor Thomas Hockenberry is there to play a role in the insidious private wars of vengeful gods and goddesses.


I was absolutely floored by this book. I read the book with a delighted grin stretching my cheeks throughout.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. I watch the news nightly and I already know that. Simmons mixes Greek myth and Shakespeare into a complex and often demanding story that nevertheless iluon the reader’s commitment.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Knowing the gist of the fall of Troy is enough to read this book.

Puya Toska rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Immediately Simmons is playing with readers’ sense of time and place. On the top of the tide comes Dan Simmons’s Ilium, with its triple-layered narrative, which drags Homer’s Iliad and Shakespeare’s The Tempest as its sea anchors and tows the Sonnets and a dollop of Proust in its wine-dark wake.

Trivia About Ilium Ilium, 1. Then we get to the scene that convinced me to give up on this book entirely: Mahnmut is called in on a mission with a group of moravecs to explore some occurrences on the planet mars. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. And indeed, it did get better. Ultimately many of those fail under their own weight and implode into the speculative fiction black hole.