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Simmons Dan - книги автора

Творчество автора (Simmons Dan) представлено в следующих сериях книг: Hyperion Cantos, Canti di Hyperion, Joe Kurtz, Hyperion Cantos, Canti di Hyperion, Hyperion (pl), Hyperion (it), Hyperion, Les Cantos d'Hypérion, Troy, Troia, Hyperion (fr), Troy, , Fifth Heart

A Winter Haunting

Dale Stewart's life has become a shadow of what it once was. A respected college professor and successful novelist, he sabotaged his career and his marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badly.With darkness closing in on him, Dale decides to return to his boyhood home in Illinois. Drawn by a recurring nightmare that has plagued him since his youth -- and a troubling certainty that something is waiting for him there -- he hopes to exorcise his demons.In the last hours of Halloween, he reaches the outskirts of the dying town of Elm Haven. There, he moves into the abandoned farmhouse that was once the home of his closest boyhood friend, the strange and brilliant Duane McBride, who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960. Hoping to find peace in isolation, he settles in for the long, harsh winter.But Dale is not alone. Soon after he arrives, cryptic messages begin appearing mysteriously on his computer screen while he struggles to work on his novel. He sees black dogs roaming the grounds. And an old enemy has reemerged, a bully who seems as determined to persecute Dale as he was in childhood.

Black Hills

Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes?as do the holy men of his tribe?that the legendary general's ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave.

In BLACK HILLS, Dan Simmons weaves the stories of Paha Sapa and Custer together seamlessly, depicting a violent and tumultuous time in the history of Native Americans and the United States Army. Haunted by the voice of the general his people called "Long Hair," Paha Sapa lives a long life, driven by a dramatic vision he experiences in the Black Hills that are his tribe's homeland. As an explosives worker on the massive Mount Rushmore project, he may finally be rid of his ghosts?on the very day FDR comes to South Dakota to dedicate the Jefferson face.

Children of The Night

A Romanian infant who flourishes when given the wrong blood transfusion could hold the key to a cure for AIDS and cancer, but he also shares an intimate link to a clan of vampires.

Bram Stoker (nominee)

Darwin's Blade

As an expert in accident reconstruction, it is Darwin Minor’s job to use science and instinct to unravel the real causes of unnatural disasters. But a series of seemingly random high-speed fatal car wrecks — accidents which seem staged — is leading him down a dangerous road.


On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens — at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world — hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever.

Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research… or something more terrifying?

Just as he did in The Terror, Dan Simmons draws impeccably from history to create a gloriously engaging and terrifying narrative. Based on the historical details of Charles Dickens's life and narrated by Wilkie Collins (Dickens's friend, frequent collaborator, and Salieri-style secret rival), DROOD explores the still-unsolved mysteries of the famous author's last years and may provide the key to Dickens's final, unfinished work: The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Chilling, haunting, and utterly original, DROOD is Dan Simmons at his powerful best.


Anno Domini 3126. Quasi tre secoli dopo la Caduta. Pianeta Hyperion. Raul Endymion, una giovane guida, viene condannato a morte dopo un omicidio commesso per legittima difesa. E la sua morte, al contrario di quella dell'uomo da lui ucciso, sarebbe definitiva, perché il ragazzo è fra i pochi a non essersi convertito alla religione della Chiesa ufficiale, non è un cristiano rinato e non ha accettato su di sé il simbionte crucimorfo che rende possibile la Risurrezione. La sentenza, tuttavia, non viene eseguita. Martin Sileno lo ha infatti scelto per una missione destinata a cambiare il volto dell'universo: accompagnare nel futuro e proteggere la giovane Aenea, figlia di Brawne Lamia e del cibrido John Keats, che sta per riemergere dalla Sfinge nella Valle delle Tombe Del Tempo. Dal teleporter di Vettore Rinascimento al ghiaccio eterno di Sol Draconis Septem, Endymion accompagnerà così Aenea in un viaggio verso la verità e la salvezza del genere umano, chiarendo lungo il cammino molti enigmi rimasti irrisolti in "Hiperion" e nella "Caduta di Hiperion": qual è il ruolo del TecnoNucleo all'interno della Pax? perchè le IA hanno 'rapito' la vecchia terra? qual è l'origine e la vera natura dello Shrike? chi ha creato il simbionte cruciomorfo che permette la Risurrezione e perché?

Fases De Gravedad

Su protagonista es Richard Baedecker, un antiguo astronauta del proyecto Apolo y uno de los hombre que caminaron por la Luna. Lo que se cuenta es su relación con sus antiguos compañeros de misión, uno convertido en evangelista y otro en senador, con su hijo, seguidor de un gurú hindú, y con la antigua novia de éste. Pero ante todo es la historia de un hombre que se busca a sí mismo después de su momento de gloria, el relato de su búsqueda de la trascendencia, de un sentido para el resto de la vida. No es una novela de acción, sino una historia de personajes y, como dice Spinrad, la resolución final no es física sino espiritual.

Hay mucho en esta novela (además de sobre vuelo y montañismo) sobre la vida entendida como una obra de arte, de intentar hacer que cada momento tenga sentido por sí mismo, de la búsqueda del ser propio. Hay una imagen recurrente: dos astronautas jugando al frisbee en la Luna. Y tenemos también a Richard, que se lanza, arriesgando la vida, en ala delta desde una montaña por el simple propósito de celebrar la naturaleza.

La novela es ciertamente mística, pero se trata de un misticismo real que jamás se manifiesta o se hace explícito en cosas tangibles. Permea la novela esa sensación de que el mundo es algo más de lo que vemos, esa incomodidad que sentimos al vivir día a día, que nos obliga a buscar nuevas metas en la vida. Hay cierta religiosidad en la actitud del personaje, una búsqueda de un lugar sagrado. Pero no es más que la reacción de una persona de mediana edad que se encuentra ejerciendo un trabajo que no le gusta, una simple manifestación psicológica. No se asuste el lector, no hay ningún elemento fantástico en la novela. Pero la mirada y la voz de Simmons sí que son fantásticas.

Dan Simmons es un escritor sorprendente, ya que en ningún momento renuncia a la tradición literaria de la lengua en la que escribe. Hay mucho en esta novela de lo mejor de la actual novelística americana. Un punto obvio de conexión es John Updike, pero donde Updike es irónico, Simmons es comprensivo: no aspira a juzgar a su personaje sino a entenderlo.


The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

Flight or Fright

Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before… but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, “ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents… Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight.”

Hard as Nails

Somewhere in western New York there's a remote mountaintop in the moonlight, its dark forests and moon-dappled meadows populated only by corpses, and if ex-PI Joe Kurtz doesn't unravel the secret of that place in five days, he'll be one of them.

Everyone seems to want a piece of Kurtz and most succeed in getting one. Unknown assailants gun down Kurtz and his female parole officer, giving Kurtz the headache of a lifetime but putting pretty Peg O'Toole on life support. While working his own case through a haze of concussion migraine, Kurtz has to deal with Toma Gonzaga, the gay don who owes Kurtz a blood debt, and Angelina Farino Ferrara, the female don who is after Kurtz's body — or maybe just his head.

And while someone is murdering all the heroin addicts in Buffalo and hauling away the bodies, a serial killer called the Artful Dodger hatches his twisted plan.

In Kurtz's corner is police detective Rigby King, a beautiful woman who was his lover when they were both rebellious teenagers in Father Baker's Orphanage. Rigby also has designs on Joe Kurtz, but whether they're aimed at bedding or abetting him, helping him stay alive, or simply putting him away for life, Kurtz will have to discover the hard way.

Серия: Joe Kurtz
Hard Freeze

There's a bitter wind brewing in Buffalo, New York and it's blowing in more than just snow. "Little Skag" Farino, the last don of the local crime family, wants Kurtz dead and is sending in platoons of hit men, starting with the Attica Three Stooges and working up through more competent killers. Little Skag's beautiful sister, Angelina Farino Ferrara, is back from seven years in Sicily and has her own deadly agenda for Kurtz.

If that isn't enough, Kurtz is approached by a dying concert violinist who wants his daughter's killer found. Rejecting the case at first, he is soon on the trail of a man who's not just the murderer of one child, but a cold-blooded serial killer who is a master of alternate identities and has the power to send a hundred men after Kurtz. As the bodies pile up like cords of wood, HARD FREEZE hits town with the power of a whiteout blizzard and builds to a truly chilling climax. This is a crime novel where trigger fingers freeze to blue steel.

Серия: Joe Kurtz

Joe Kurtz has been wronged one too many times. So when he takes out the drugdealing thug who killed his girlfriend, the exPI gets to cool his heels for 11 years in Attica. It's there that he meets "Little Skag" Farino, the son of an aging Buffalo, New York, mob boss. In exchange for protecting the kid's manhood against any unwanted jailhouse affection, Kurtz gets an audience with Little Skag's father upon his release from prison.

Semiretired Don Byron Farino is still clinging to what dwindling power he holds on the New York organized crime scene. He enlists Kurtz's help to track down the Family's missing accountanta man with too much knowledge of Family business to have on the loose. But someone doesn't want the accountant found. As the story twists and turns and the body count rises, Kurtz no longer knows whom he can trust. Everyone seems to be after something, from the mob boss's sultry yet dangerous daughter, to a hit man named The Dane, an albino killer who is good with a knife, and a dwarf who is armed to the teeth and hellbent on revenge.

Bestselling author Dan Simmons expertly builds the tension as he springs one surprise after another, all the while daring the reader to take a ride with Kurtz through the cold, windy streets of Buffalo where one wrong move could mean a bellyfull of lead.

Серия: Joe Kurtz

Dopo l’Egira, nell’universo è stata creata una federazione di pianeti: l’Egemonia dell’Uomo. Ma al di fuori della sua giurisdizione esiste un pianeta chiamato Hyperion. E su Hyperion è in attesa una creatura metallica, sanguinaria, dotata di poteri semidivini: lo Shrike. Alcuni lo adorano. Altri lo temono. Altri ancora hanno giurato di distruggerlo. Lo Shrike li attende tutti, amici e nemici, nella Valle delle Tombe del Tempo, dove enormi strutture cupe provenienti dal futuro si ritraggono verso il passato recando oscuri messaggi. Alla vigilia dell’Armageddon, con l’intera galassia in guerra, sette pellegrini si mettono in viaggio verso le Tombe, alla ricerca delle risposte agli enigmi delle loro vite. Ognuno di loro custodisce un terribile segreto e una disperata speranza, e ognuno è disposto a morire, per portare a termine la ricerca. E forse dovrà morire, perche lo Shrike uccide tutti i pellegrini che gli si avvicinano… meno uno. E il superstite vedrà realizzato il desiderio che più gli sta a cuore. Per prepararsi all’incontro con lo Shrike, ogni personaggio racconta agli altri la propria storia, la storia che l’ha portato su Hyperion. E con il procedere dei racconti ci viene rivelata una cultura interstellare d’incredibile complessità e varietà, che diventa a poco a poco sempre più reale e coinvolgente.


Hypérion marquera durablement la science-fiction. Ce splendide roman a reçu le prix Hugo aux Etats-Unis et son auteur s’annonce un rival dangereux pour Stephen King lui-même.

Hypérion est un livre-univers, comme le Dune de Frank Herbert, un roman d’aventures haletant mais aussi un exploit littéraire impressionnant qui ressuscite dans l’avenir le poète anglais John Keats et fait écho à son oeuvre majeure, Hypérion.

Au 28° siècle, sur la planète Hypérion, les dangers s’amoncellent. Celui de la guerre avec l’approche de la flottes des Extros en perpétuel conflit avec l’Hégémonie. Celui du gritche, figure mythologique et meurtrière que révère l’Eglise des Templiers. Celui de l’ouverture des Tombeaux du Temps qui dérivent de l’avenir vers le passé à la rencontre d’une imprévisible catastrophe.

Dans l’espoir de sauver Hypérion et d’accomplir leurs destins suspendus, sept pèlerins se dirigent ensemble vers le sanctuaire du gritche. Il y a le père Lenar Hoyt, prêtre catholique, qui a vu l’enfer ; le colonel Kassad, dit le Boucher de Bressia, à la recherche d’un rêve ; Martin Silenus, le poète, qui a connu la Vieille Terre et perdu les mots ; Brawne Lamia, la belle détective, qui a aimé un John Keats synthétique : le Consul qui a régné sur Hypérion ; Sol Weintraub, l’érudit, dont la fille perd des années ; et le templier Het Masteen, qui garde ses secrets.

Autant d’énigmes, autant d’histoires, qu’ils choisissent de conter avant d’affronter les labyrinthes d’Hypérion. Autant de styles différents.

Il risveglio di Endymion

L’inquisizione è tornata a colpire. Nell’anno del Signore 3131, la Chiesa, garante dell’immortalità fisica a tutti i suoi fedeli, ingaggia una crociata contro gli Ouster, indomiti mutanti di origine umana. E lancia nello spazio una spietata caccia a Aenea — la fanciulla ritenuta il nuovo messia — per carpire il segreto della sua forza misteriosa. Mentre Endymion è custodito nella cella della morte, la ribellione dei giusti sta per giungere al suo atto finale: tutto ruota intorno a Aenea, dotata di grandi poteri e portatrice di oscure verità… Dopo «Hyperion», «La caduta di Hyperion» ed «Endymion», Dan Simmons tocca con questo romanzo l’apice della forza visionaria e immaginativa. E conclude una delle più celebrate, irresistibili e sensazionali saghe fantascientifiche del nostro tempo.


Attenzione! Il capitolo originale “Ilium” era pubblicato in italiano in due libri: “Ilium: L’assedio” e “Ilium: La rivolta”. Questo e-book inquadra entrambi.

Thomas Hockenberry è stato un insegnante universitario di storia, con una vita assolutamente normale. Per quale motivo, allora, si trova adesso ad assistere alla Guerra di Troia, al servizio degli dèi dell’antica Grecia? E perché gli stessi dèi sembrano padroneggiare una tecnologia avanzatissima, con la quale cercano di alterare il corso degli eventi e di uccidersi a vicenda? Intanto, in un futuro lontano migliaia di anni, su una Terra dove i pochi abitanti rimasti hanno come sola occupazione il divertimento, solo un uomo ricorda ancora l’antica arte della lettura e la sfrutta cercando di risolvere l’enigma più grande di tutti: chi ha costruito le macchine che governano il pianeta? Dall’autore che ha cambiato la fantascienza, la sua saga più intensa e appassionante, dove il gusto per la ricostruzione storica si mescola con i grandi scenari di un futuro apocalittico e affascinante.

Vincitore del premio Locus per il miglior romanzo di fantascienza in 2004.

Nominato per il premio Hugo per il miglior romanzo in 2004.

Серия: Troy, Troia
La Caduta di Hyperion

In un lontano futuro di straordinaria complessità fantastica, la maggior parte dei pianeti della galassia è collegata da una Rete che permette di trasferirsi in pochi secondi da un mondo all’altro. Ma anche in questo universo, apparentemente perfetto, l’umanità è minacciata da pericoli di sconvolgente portata. Ai margini dell’Egemonia si stanno infatti radunando gli Sciami di migrazione degli alieni Ouster, mentre gruppi dotati di sofisticatissimi strumenti tecnologici e strane sette esoteriche premono per conquistare un potere divino. Paradossalmente, per gli uomini, l’unica speranza di salvezza è un piccolo gruppo di pellegrini sperduti su Hyperion, il mondo nei cui insondabili recessi si nasconde il crudele, onnipotente e misterioso Shrike. Dopo Hyperion, dalla magistrale penna di Dan Simmons un altro grande classico della fantascienza moderna, un romanzo affascinante in cui si fondono l’avventura classica e i temi più inquietanti del cyberspazio.

La chute d'Hypérion

L'Hégémonie gouverne plus de trois cents mondes. Quant aux Extros, ils ont pris le large après l'Hégire. Reviendront-ils ?

Un de leurs essaims, depuis trois cents ans, se rapproche d'Hypérion. Les habitants de cette planète ont fini par devenir nerveux, ils réclament l'évacuation. Pour l'Hégémonie, le jeu n'en vaut pas la chandelle.

Mais, sur la même planète, on annonce l'ouverture prochaine des Tombeaux du Temps. Le Techno-Centre n'arrive pas à produire des prévisions fiables à ce sujet. Alors, l'Hégémonie agit : elle envoie sept pèlerins sur Hypérion.

Drôles de pèlerins ! Celui-ci n'arrive pas à se débarrasser d'un parasite de résurrection ; celui-là écrit un poème qui, selon lui, infléchira le cours des événements. Deux d'entre eux veulent tuer le gritche ; un autre hésite à lui sacrifier sa propre fille, qui naîtra dans trois jours.

Et le dernier semble trahir tout le monde, ce qui étrangement ne trouble personne. Bref, l'Hégémonie en fait le minimum ; qu'est-ce qui se cache là-dessous ?

Серия: Hyperion (fr)
Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire is a science fiction novella by Dan Simmons. It is about a group of Shakespearean actors in the far future where humans are an interstellar but insignificant race.


Helen of Troy is in mourning for her dead husband, Paris. Killed in single combat with the merciless Apollo. His body a scorched and blasted thing. Hockenberry, her lover, still sneaks from her bed after their nights of lovemaking. And the Gods still strike out from the besieged Olympos. Their single-molecule bomb casings quantum phase-shifting through the moravecs' force shield and laying waste to Ilium. Or so Hockenberry and the amusing little metal creature, Mahnmut, have tried to explain to her. Helen of Troy does not give a fig about machines. She must dress for the funeral. And man and the gods and the unknown players in this tragedy must prepare for the final act. And a battle that will decide the future of the universe itself.

Серия: Troy
Ostrze Darwina

Jak wszystko, co napisał Simmons, tak i Ostrze Darwina jest powieścią ponadgatunkową, tym razem mamy do czynienia ze skrzyżowaniem thrillera, powieści detektywistycznej, prawniczej i kryminału. Bohater, Darwin "Dar" Minor, jest byłym oficerem śledczy NTSB (Narodowej Rady Bezpieczeństwa Transportu) i doktorem fizyki, a obecnie pracuje w prywatnej kalifornijskiej firmie jako specjalista od rekonstrukcji wypadków.

Pewnego dnia cudem unika śmierci, gdy strzelają do niego mężczyźni z podrasowanego mercedesa. Śledztwo w tej sprawie prowadzi prokurator Sydney Olson oraz sam Dar, który dobiera sobie współpracowników z Departamentu Policji San Diego, LAPD, kalifornijskiej policji drogowej i FBI. Szybko okazuje się, że do Minora strzelali zabójcy rosyjskiej mafii. Czym zdenerwował ich pracodawców? Ostatnimi czasy oceniał jedynie "dziwne" wypadki samochodowe. Zaczyna badać sprawy głębiej i zaczynają ginąć ludzie…

Powieść obfituje w nieprawdopodobne zwroty akcji, bogate tło obyczajowe i historyczne (Darwin walczył kiedyś w Wietnamie, badał też sprawę wybuchu "Challengera"), a także w strzelaniny, ucieczki i pościgi samochodowe.

Phases of Gravity

Ex-astronaut Richard Baedecker sees everything he has ever done as merely preparation for something bigger and his quest for higher meaning leads him to a mysterious young woman who shows him the "places of power" in his own past.

Song of Kali

When Song of Kali was published in 1985, Dan Simmons was virtually unknown, having published only a few short stories. But this sharp, vivid novel struck a raw nerve. A startled and amazed readership could only gasp in wonder and horror at the apparent ease with which the author made readers feel that they were living the nightmarish reality he so potently conveyed in the pages of this blood-curdling novel.

Here is Calcutta, perhaps the foulest and most crime-ridden city in the world: filthy, stench-ridden, crawling with vermin both human and otherwise, possessed of evils so vile that they beggar description.

In this steaming, fetid cradle of chaos, the ordeal of an American man and his family plays out, moment by moment, page by page, in a novel so truly frightening that otherwise jaded readers will quail in fear at its gut-wrenching finale.

One of the great masterpieces of horror of this century, Song of Kali will leave an indelible imprint on your soul. Once you read it, you'll never forget it. . . . Never.

Songs of the Dying Earth

Today, in order to honor the magnificent career of Jack Vance, one unparalleled in achievement and impact, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN and GARDNER DOZOIS, with the full cooperation of Jack Vance, his family, and his agents, suggest a Jack Vance tribute anthology called Songs of the Dying Earth, to encourage the best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance s greatest novel.

Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege that's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

Summer of Night

In the summer of 1960 in Elm Haven, Illinois, a sinister being is stalking the town's children, and when a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townfolk know it marks the end of innocence.

Bram Stoker (nominee) 

"An American nightmare with scares, suspense, and a sweet, surprising nostalgia, one of those rare must-read books. I am in awe of Dan Simmons."

Stephen King


Śmierć przyszła po nich niespodziewanie z białej pustki.

Maj roku 1845. Kierowana przez sir Johna Franklina ekspedycja wyrusza na statkach Erebus i Terror ku północnym wybrzeżom Kanady na poszukiwanie Przejścia Północno-Zachodniego. 129 oficerów i marynarzy wie, że czeka ich wiele miesięcy trudów, siarczystego mrozu, głodu, walki z lodem, śniegiem, huraganowymi wiatrami, zwątpieniem i chorobami. Nie mylą się. Spotyka ich to wszystko, a także coś jeszcze. Coś niewyobrażalnie gorszego. Coś, co czai się w arktycznej pustce, śledzi każdy ich ruch, karmi się lękiem i przerażeniem. Coś, przed czym uciec można tylko w objęcia śmierci.

Dan Simmons, autor m.in. bestsellerowej powieści "Hyperion", szczegółowo odtwarza przebieg jednej z najbardziej zagadkowych i tragicznych wypraw w historii badań polarnych. "Terror" to fascynująca opowieść o determinacji, bohaterstwie i pragnieniu sławy, o heroizmie i podłości, o grozie czyhającej na każdym kroku, narastającej z każdym oddechem i uderzeniem serca.

Wybuchowa mieszanka realizmu historycznego, powieści gotyckiej i starożytnej mitologii. – Washington Post

The Fifth Heart

In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to investigate the suicide of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams — a member of the family that has given the United States two Presidents. Quickly, the investigators deduce that there’s more to Clover’s death than meets the eye — with issues of national importance at stake.

Holmes is currently on his Great Hiatus — his three-year absence after Reichenbach Falls during which time the people of London believe him to be deceased. The disturbed Holmes has faked his own death and now, as he meets James, is questioning what is real and what is not.

Holmes’ theories shake James to the core. What can this master storyteller do to fight against the sinister power — possibly Moriarty — that may or may not be controlling them from the shadows? And what was Holmes’ role in Moriarty’s rise?

Conspiracy, action and mystery meet in this superb literary hall of mirrors from the author of Drood.

Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest. He received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He worked in elementary education for eighteen years, winning awards for his innovative teaching, and became a full-time writer in 1987. Dan lives in Colorado with his wife, Karen, and has a daughter in her twenties. His books are published in twenty-nine counties and many of them have been optioned for film.

Серия: Fifth Heart
The Hollow Man

Jeremy Bremen has a secret. All his life he's been cursed with the ability to read minds. He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own. For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge. But Gail is dying, her mind ebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the chaotic flood of thought that threatens to sweep away his sanity. Now Jeremy is on the run—from his mind, from his past, from himself—hoping to find peace in isolation. Instead he witnesses an act of brutality that propels him on a treacherous trek across a dark and dangerous America. From a fantasy theme park to the lair of a killer to a sterile hospital room in St. Louis, he follows a voice that is calling him to witness the stunning mystery at the heart of mortality.

The Terror

Stephen King hailed Dan Simmons’ bestselling novel as ‘a brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror’ and it’s now a chilling 10-part AMC Original TV series from Ridley Scott.

The men on board Her Britannic Majesty’s Ships Terror and Erebus had every expectation of triumph. They were part of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition — as scientifically advanced an enterprise as had ever set forth — and theirs were the first steam-driven vessels to go in search of the fabled North-West Passage.

But the ships have now been trapped in the Arctic ice for nearly two years. Coal and provisions are running low. Yet the real threat isn’t the constantly shifting landscape of white or the flesh-numbing temperatures, dwindling supplies or the vessels being slowly crushed by the unyielding grip of the frozen ocean.

No, the real threat is far more terrifying. There is something out there that haunts the frigid darkness, which stalks the ships, snatching one man at a time — mutilating, devouring. A nameless thing, at once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis.

When Franklin meets a terrible death, it falls to Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror to take command and lead the remaining crew on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Eskimo woman who cannot speak. She may be the key to survival — or the harbinger of their deaths. And as scurvy, starvation and madness take their toll, as the Terror on the ice become evermore bold, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape…

Un Verano Tenebroso

Confieso mi debilidad por Dan Simmons, un escritor que se mueve entre lo sublime (Hyperion) y lo ridículo (Los fuegos del Edén), con poco lugar para las medias tintas. Un verano tenebroso, ay, además de reforzar la manía ésa de que los relatos que antes tenían 300 páginas hoy deben tener 800 (799, para ser precisos), se acerca más a lo segundo que a lo primero. Una pena.

Una pena porque el comienzo es más que prometedor, y hace presagiar uno de esos relatos neblinosos en los que nada se dice y todo se cuenta (al estilo Ramsey Campbell, escritor que narra siempre entre líneas, para regocijo de algunos y enfado de otros): un prólogo de pocas páginas nos revela la historia de un caserón que sirve como escuela a Elm Haven, Illinois. A continuación, la trama deriva hacia uno de esos cuentos de iniciación sexual/vital de niños/camaradas en bicicleta al estilo Stephen King. Nada que objetar a que Dan Simmons, harto de obtener el aplauso de la crítica, pero no la aceptación masiva del público, se lanzara en su momento al mercadeo del terror estereotipado, pero tampoco es cuestión de pasarse. Hay que cumplir unos mínimos. Para empezar, una base creíble, cosa de la que carece esta novela. Porque, vamos a ver: ¿quién se cree que una campana que perteneció a los Borgia y que fue construida con el metal fundido de una ancestral reliquia egipcia (¡relacionada con Osiris, oh… ah…!) acabe en un pueblecito del Illinois profundo, por mucho que se hable de excéntricos millonarios? ¿Quién se cree que un niño de once años (y estadounidense, y del medio rural, y de los años 60…) sea todo un experto en latín, interprete los textos de Aleister Crowley mejor que el gurú de una logia y deduzca de ello en un pispás que la clave está en exorcizar el mal a tiro limpio? Y, sobre todo: ¿por qué Simmnons se empeña en destrozar un ambiente ominoso, que elabora con un estilo sencillo y preciso, en un desarrollo insulso y mecánico y en un clímax pirotécnico de más de cien páginas que remite a pequeñas joyas del cine pulp, como Temblores (gusanos gigantes y dentudos incluidos), pero que es indigno de alguien con su categoría profesional? La traducción, por cierto, no ayuda: parece que hay gente que no se ha percatado de que `doceavo` no es lo mismo que `duodécimo` y de que el gerundio en castellano no se suele usar para describir acciones consecutivas, sino simultáneas, por citar sólo algunos ejemplos.

Además, a pesar de que la novela es larga, muy larga, como decía más arriba, hay un buen montón de cabos sueltos. Se dan un garbeo unos cuantos zombies que no se sabe muy bien de dónde salen, aunque se sospeche. Hay unos malvados sectarios a los que se alude durante toda la novela, pero que apenas aparecen hasta el desenlace (Elm Haven cuenta con unos pocos centenares de habitantes, así que, teniendo en cuenta que los protagonistas se pasan páginas y páginas corriendo de aquí para allá, en algún momento tendrían que encontrarse con ellos). Por continuar con incoherencias varias, a lo largo de la trama el malhadado pueblo queda sembrado de cadáveres desmembrados, se desencadenan varios tiroteos, un camión sacado de El diablo sobre ruedas, con un remolque cargado de animales muertos y hediondos, se dedica a perseguir a niños por la carretera, los gusanos que protagonizan el clímax se pasean por galerías subterráneas abriendo agujeros de paredes legamosas por todas partes… y el sheriff no se entera. Y la gente apenas se alarma. ¿Por qué?

¿Por qué ha escrito semejante despropósito Dan Simmons?

Alberto Cairo


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