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Dan Simmons : An incredible writer with a storied career.

What a fine and incredible writer Dan Simmons is.

It seems to me that he can take any genre, any tale and narrate it so that it acquires a certain intrigue and a certain gravitas.
He has this incredible ability to pull you in to the most fantastical of conceits and concepts.
When he writes horror he truly chills you right down to the bone. When he writes Science Fiction his mastery over the form is evident. His storytelling is brilliant. What he does in Song of Kali is incredible.
The Hyperion Cantos might be amongst the most lyrical and profound books ever written. The six stories that the pilgrims narrate about their encounter with the Shrike and amazing to say the least.
Although I thought Drood was a bit overlong, he captured perfectly the feeling of being in the presence of a greater talent all the time and being good enough to know who the lesser talent is. His novels have entire scenes that I recall as vivid images in higher definition than any film has ever managed.
If you want to start reading him though I would recommend Hyperion. It is easily the best book of his that I have read.

Just an amazing amazing writer who deserves to be read by everyone.

I still have to ready a few books by him but I he is one author whose work I am always ready to read.


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