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Binding: Hardcover
Format: Bargain Price
Label: Eos
Manufacturer: Eos
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 570
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Publisher: Eos
Release Date: 2003-07-22
Studio: Eos

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From the towering heights of Olympos Mons on Mars, the mighty Zeus and his immortal family of gods, goddesses, and demigods look down upon a momentous battle, observing -- and often influencing -- the legendary exploits of Paris, Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, and the clashing armies of Greece and Troy.

Thomas Hockenberry, former twenty-first-century professor and Iliad scholar, watches as well. It is Hockenberry's duty to observe and report on the Trojan War's progress to the so-called deities who saw fit to return him from the dead. But the muse he serves has a new assignment for the wary scholic, one dictated by Aphrodite herself. With the help of fortieth-century technology, Hockenberry is to infiltrate Olympos, spy on its divine inhabitants ... and ultimately destroy Aphrodite's sister and rival, the goddess Pallas Athena.

On an Earth profoundly changed since the departure of the Post-Humans centuries earlier, the great events on the bloody plains of Ilium serve as mere entertainment. Its scenes of unrivaled heroics and unequaled carnage add excitement to human lives devoid of courage, strife, labor, and purpose. But this eloi-like existence is not enough for Harman, a man in the last year of his last Twenty. That rarest of post-postmodern men -- an "adventurer" -- he intends to explore far beyond the boundaries of his world before his allotted time expires, in search of a lost past, a devastating truth, and an escape from his own inevitable "final fax." Meanwhile, from the radiation-swept reaches of Jovian space, four sentient machines race to investigate -- and, perhaps, terminate -- the potentially catastrophic emissions of unexplained quantum-flux emanating from a mountaintop miles above the terraformed surface of Mars ...

The first book in a remarkable two-part epic to be concluded in the upcoming Olympos, Dan Simmons's Ilium is a breathtaking adventure, enormous in scope and imagination, sweeping across time and space to connect three seemingly disparate stories in fresh, thrilling, and totally unexpected ways. A truly masterful work of speculative fiction, it is quite possibly Simmons's finest achievement to date in an already storied literary career.




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Summary: An unexpected (but pleasant) suprise
Comment: I admit that I did not have high hopes for this book and in fact I put it down once after 30 pages (a rarity for me). But a friend raved about it and told me that I realy needed to give it 100 pages to grip me. I do so, and I am glad that I took his advice. This book was an unexpected, but pleasant, suprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story does bounce around a bit at the beginning and is short on explanations, but once you get past the first 100 pages and understand what (although not why) things are happening, you will be hooked. Persevere and you will be rewarded.

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Summary: A Little Disappointing
Comment: One of the things I have loved most about Simmons' earlier work was his intricate plotlines and the way he weaves the storylines in and out of one another until finally bringing everything together in an ultimately unexpected way. One cannot accuse him of following any formula in this epic retelling of the Iliad fused with sci-fi but I think he got a little careless with this book. One detail which really bugged me and I suppose might be overlooked, was the fact that one of the protagonists at the beginning of the book refers to aonther character as her cousin. In and of itself this is unremarkable except for the fact that Simmons is careful to note that in this future people are only allowed to have one child.Correct me if I'm wrong but I was under the impression that siblings are a prerequisite for cousins. Hmmmm. Can't seem to figure that one out. Picky? Perhaps, and in any other author certainly a minor point but for someone of Simmons ability to make such a basic error is..well..disappointing.

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Summary: boring
Comment: i continued reading to see if it makes sense at the end. it doesn't. don't waste your time.

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Summary: Full course meal
Comment: Simmons shares with the reader his fascination with Homer, the Bard of Avon, Proust and makes cogent insights on some aspects of their works. Add to that a terrific story full of excellent SF action and an incisive study into what it means to be a "person" and you have a full set of joyful stuff inside the covers. I couldn't put it down as it was very intense to participate in Simmons' fabricated universes for the time I was there.

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Summary: Don't worry about skipping your classics lectures
Comment: I picked up Ilium for Christmas (gift from my grandfather) and I must admit I was a litle concerned about the beginning and the (what appeared to be) heavy reliance on your knowledge of classics. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this grand tale. I won't write the book report, many others have already done a better job than I could but I will say that you don't need to have studied the Iliad to enjor this book or series. The writing is tight and mature and while I'm sure I missed out on some of the literary jokes, I don't care, its a great read and a great preimse.


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