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#169569 - 01/01/20 05:08 PM What brought you to Dan Simmons?
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My best childhood friend recommended Hyperion when we were in college. After Hyperion, I was hooked on the series, but remained ignorant of Mr. Simmons's other novels.

The friend and I had both loved The Iliad and The Odyssey in high school and, when we were both biochemistry students, fulfilled degree requirements by taking classes where we read a bunch of Greek plays, Dante [English translations], and Chaucer[oh, how I longed for English translation].

The mix of sci-fi and relationship to classic literature made Hyperion irresistible to us. Later, Ilium and Olympos had the same sort of appeal for me.

It was only when an online friend recommended Flashback, that I began reading Mr. Simmons's other novels. It metastasized into a bit of an obsession.

Other favorites (in no particular order) include:
- The three Joe Kurtz novels.
- Drood

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#169573 - 01/01/20 07:23 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: ColinFraizer]
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 Originally Posted By: ColinFraizer
My best childhood friend recommended Hyperion when we were in college. After Hyperion, I was hooked on the series, but remained ignorant of Mr. Simmons's other novels.

The friend and I had both loved The Iliad and The Odyssey in high school and, when we were both biochemistry students, fulfilled degree requirements by taking classes where we read a bunch of Greek plays, Dante [English translations], and Chaucer[oh, how I longed for English translation].

The mix of sci-fi and relationship to classic literature made Hyperion irresistible to us. Later, Ilium and Olympos had the same sort of appeal for me.

It was only when an online friend recommended Flashback, that I began reading Mr. Simmons's other novels. It metastasized into a bit of an obsession.

Other favorites (in no particular order) include:
- The three Joe Kurtz novels.
- Drood


Besides being a police officer my dad worked the midnight shift on weekends at the local hospital as a security guard and he and a few others swapped paperbacks to read when they werenít needed to deal with rude, drunken patients coming in overnight.

This was a few years after my accident (flipped my dadís truck, became quadriplegic) and I was bored as hell sitting around doing much of nothing. I hadnít been a reader during high school and probably never would have been except my younger brother convinced me to try one of my dadís books he kept in a box beside his recliner. The first book was a horror novel by Dean Koontz called WHISPERS and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was the second book that made me become a reader though. It was CARRION COMFORT by Dan Simmons and it completely blew my mind. The characters were so real and the plot and subject matter, while fantastic and impossible, seemed somehow actually believable.

After that I bought every Simmons novel I could find and read them all. I even began collecting limited editions. I have read some of these books several times each but the best thing I can say is that because of his books I am now an avid reader and at the time I started I would never have believed that possible.

Greg
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#169575 - 01/04/20 08:07 AM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: Shrike1]
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CARRION COMFORT for me. Back in '95 while in college. I'd been a big reader for years. Mostly Stephen King and Dean Koontz and some fantasy. I picked up CC because of the blurb from Stephen King and was blown away. Dan immediately became my favorite writer and remains so to this day.

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#169576 - 01/04/20 05:54 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: springer2]
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I've only read one Dean Koontz novelóIntensityóand it nearly gave me heart attacks. It really lived up to its title.

Any others that you'd recommend?

(My youngest daughter loves horror novels and movies, but I always pretend to mishear when she asks to watch a movie. "Okay, how about Pretty Woman? Risky Business? Night Shift?")

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#169577 - 01/04/20 06:17 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: ColinFraizer]
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I haven't read Koontz in quite a few years but my favorite back in the day was WATCHERS. I also remember really enjoying STRANGERS and HIDEAWAY. I read a lot of his early nineties stuff before kind of getting away from him. LIGHTNING, THE BAD PLACE, DRAGON TEARS, MR. MURDER and DARK RIVERS OF THE HEART were all enjoyable.

If I remember correctly most of his stuff around that period were thrillers with usually a little supernatural element but not always.

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#169578 - 01/04/20 08:01 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: ColinFraizer]
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Greg, do you have a favorite DS novel? I never thought I'd say this, because Hyperion was my overall favorite novel for years, but Ilium may surpass it.

And I've developed an addiction to the Joe Kurtz novels.


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#169579 - 01/04/20 09:00 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: springer2]
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I haven't read Dean Koontz in quite a while either, but some of my favorites besides those you mentioned are: TWILIGHT EYES, MIDNIGHT, PHANTOMS & SHADOWFIRES.

INTENSITY was really good as well. Some foreign company made a movie out of it and it was a very good movie but they didn't give Dean Koontz any credit.

Greg
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#169580 - 01/04/20 09:24 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: ColinFraizer]
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 Originally Posted By: ColinFraizer
Greg, do you have a favorite DS novel? I never thought I'd say this, because Hyperion was my overall favorite novel for years, but Ilium may surpass it.

And I've developed an addiction to the Joe Kurtz novels.


Itís Danís fault for writing in so many different genres, but I have multiple favorites. I would put CARRION COMFORT, HYPERION (4 books) and PHASES OF GRAVITY at the very top of my favorites.

Right below those would go, SUMMER OF NIGHT, THE HOLLOW MAN, ILIUM & OLYMPOS, THE CROOK FACTORY and THE TERROR.

Even naming that many leaves off some very, very good novels. I really enjoyed the Joe Kurtz ďHardĒ novels and hope the forth book comes into reality one of these days.

The only novel that I didnít connect with very much is DARWINíS BLADE. It was released prior to the Kurtz books and it seemed to be trying to do the hard boiled thing but it just didnít work for me. I think I will reread it someday to see if it gets a better review this time.

Greg
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#169590 - 01/07/20 08:37 PM Re: What brought you to Dan Simmons? [Re: Shrike1]
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"Dreams with Sharp Teeth", the movie with the Late Great Harlan Ellison and his description of the writing contest, both the looser and the winner......Dan Simmons.
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