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Olympos (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Dan Simmons

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Title:Olympos
Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:Eos (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 912 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:sci-fi, Trojan War

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Olympos by Dan Simmons (2005)

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MARS: Paris is dead. Hockenberry and Helen are lovers. Achilles and Hector have joined forces against the gods while the gods fight amongst themselves. Mahnmut and Orphu discover the quantum energy they’ve been tracking emanates from Earth rather than Mars, and it’s about to destroy both worlds.

EARTH: Meanwhile, Odysseus travels with Harman and Ada, seeking an end to Setebos. Daeman travels alone, seeking the same end. And the voynix drop their pretense of servitude; humanity’s continued existence is precarious.

Dan Simmons juggles many plates in the concluding volume of this epic duology. I admit to being a little lost at times, and occasionally needing to trudge my way through chapter after chapter in dogged determination. Yeah, the story bogs down now and then. So many moving parts! But stick with it, and you’ll be rewarded in the end. ( )
  avanta7 | Jul 27, 2017 |
What started out as an addictive romp trough the Trojan War ended with a whimper. I may still need the Ilium Anonymous Zeus mentions - but it will not be a painful withdrawal.

In this sequel to the amazing Ilium, Simmons continues his delightful interweaving of Shakespeare, Proust, Homer, Virgil and Nabakov (just to name a few) with time travel, robots and genetically modified beings.

However, the abrupt changes in story arcs and subplots are unsettling, and the neat little bows tying up the tale are hard to swallow - even for fans of The Bard’s comedies.

Of special note: the author’s inclusion of the delightfully poignant poem by daughter Jane Simmons may just make up for the plot deficiencies.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Ilium was weird, Olympos is even weirder.

It's a diverting romp though the Iliad and Aeneid but I have to say that if my scholarly Greek history was an awful lot better then I might have gotten more from this book. I'm not sure I would though as it's not written in a "knowing" way, although if you have no clue who the Greek and Trojan heroes were you might struggle.

The book is pretty hefty and that works against it a little as although the pace can be decent, the complexities are ever-present and the remaining pages can seem daunting. However, the tale is decent enough and although there are some aspects that seem unbelievable, such as Hockenberry and Helen, the Sci-Fi is decently constructed with a number of good ideas that I think will stay with the reader. ( )
  expatscot | Sep 30, 2015 |
I found this book a bit confusing at times, seeing as it is some strange combination of Shakespeare and Greek mythology jammed together in the distant future, but it was still excellent. Complex and enthralling. ( )
  Karlstar | May 9, 2015 |
Not as good as the first in the series, Ilium. I felt like the focus was lost, and too much was being attempted. ( )
  Crotchetymama | Sep 12, 2014 |
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This novel is for Harold Bloom, who---in his refusal to collaborate in this Age of Resentment---has given me great pleasure.
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Helen of Tory awakes just before dawn to the sound of air raid sirens.
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Hoe had Homerus al die dingen kunnen weten?
Toen dit alles zich afspeelde was hij een kameel in Bactria!
LUCIANUS, De droom
...de werkelijke geschiedenis van de aarde is in laatste instantie een verhaal over medogenloze oorlogvoering.
Noch zijn medemensen, noch zijn goden, noch zijn hartstochten laten een mens met rust.
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Ach, schrijf niet langer over Troje
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Al spreekt een sfinx met nieuwe monden
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de bloeitijd van haar praal en pracht;
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380817934, Mass Market Paperback)

Welcome back to the Trojan War gone round the bend. Hector and Achilles have joined forces against the Olympic Gods. Back on a future Earth, assorted creatures from Shakespeare's The Tempest get ready to rumble in a winner-takes-the-universe battle royale. And amid it all, a group of confused mere mortals with their classically trained robot allies (from Jupiter no less) race across time and space to keep from getting squashed as the various Titans of the Western Canon square off.

Confused? It's all part of Dan Simmons's Olympos, a novel one part fun-with-quantum-physics and two parts through-the-looking-glass survey of Western Literature. Picking up where he left off in the high-wire act Ilium, Simmons doesn't disappoint. Not only is Olympos excellent hard science fiction and grand space opera, it's a riveting and fast-paced book that is alternately shocking, thrilling, and often deftly hilarious as his hapless human creations wrestle the forces of literary history itself. Be sure to read Ilium first though. That and a more-than passing familiarity with The Illiad might come in handy for the journey to Mars, Ilium's far-off shores, and the Earth that might be. --Jeremy Pugh

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Master of the Universes: An Exclusive Interview with Dan Simmons

Changing genres as easily as others change clothes, bestselling author Dan Simmons has written horror, mystery, historical fiction, thrillers, fantasy, and science fiction. In this Amazon.com exclusive interview, he talks about his latest SF triumph, Olympos, a tale of Mars, the Greek gods, and survival in a post-human world.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:23 -0400)

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A companion to Ilium finds the briefly allied Achilles and Hector laying siege to the home of the gods, inadvertently triggering a massive conflict between humanity and such powerful beings as Setebos, Prospero, and Caliban.

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