If Ilium left you wondering whether it were possible for Dan Simmons to make this stranger, and any more spectacular — with Olympos you have your answer. Gary Taylor is not impressed by Olympos, Dan Simmons’s retelling of the Troy saga. I wanted to like it. After Ilium, I was all fired up for the big explanation. I was looking forward to Achilles being a legendary badass, and the.

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The Sword of Allah felt like a trumped-up obstacle for our robotagonists, which is why the future history jarred. Odysseus is even addressed as “Teacher” by one of his listeners in a way reminiscent of Simmmons being addressed as ” Rabbi ,” which is commonly translated as “Teacher”.

OLYMPOS by Dan Simmons | Kirkus Reviews

Above all, Zelazny embraced the lunacy he created. View all 8 comments. Mar 30, Ben rated it liked it. Olympos’ crime is that it took the plot threads of Ilium, one of the top two or slmmons most creative and ambitious science fiction books Contains spoilers towards the end This is my least favorite book.

And that’s just the tip of that book’s iceberg of wonderful and unlikely inventions. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Even though I really enjoyed the first book of this duo-logy, the comments in the review section at Amazon. Or are they really gods?

Dan Simmons has big ideas and grand schemes, and he is never content to simply tell a story; no, he must weave it into our own reality in a seamless fashion, reaching backward and forward in time and literature.

At this point I’m enjoying the direction of the book, thinking that events will hinge on what these larger gods are planning. Dan Simmons’ idea is that, when the mental energy of some super-genius writer, like Homer or Shakespeare, is focused sufficiently, that energy pops off into a new universe where the writer’s imagined story comes true.


But other times, dragging out consumption of a novel can make a reader or me, anyway actually feel even more immersed in the story. My other complaint has to do with the treatment of women in the novel. Simmons, alas, has no such inhibitions. He layers subplot over subplot, multiple layers of villainous schemes, each villain being the pawn of a greater one, and then starts shoving all sorts of reality-bending weirdness into the story, involving actual divine beings, quantum reality, the last remnants of an apocalyptic war, all still while having Shakespearean and Homeric figures running around doing battle.

Jun 30, Scott Rhee rated it really liked it Shelves: The more interesting chapters are those describing the continuing adventures of the Greek and Trojan heroes, now that recreated plot of the Iliad has gone completely off the rails and Achilles and Hector have teamed up to go to war with the gods. Emily Dickinson is name-dropped once, and an unnamed female poet of the twenty-first century is referenced once.

Personally I love this sort of thing. A lot of people get discouraged by the large amounts of Illiad Simmons essentially copied in this book.

Mars has been terraformed almost over night. Another 36 hours, sigh. Someone or something is essentially ripping holes in the time space continuum. It was absorbing enough once I forced myself to concentrate on it. Much of the simmoons of a first novel in a science fiction series is in the world building.

Hour 16 or so.

I felt this way at the end of Rise of Endymion as well, and I’m starting to think that it’s systemic to all of his epic sci-fi narratives. The Complete Works Oxford and his books include Castration: Proustian memory investigations had a heavy hand in the novel’s making, plympos helps explain why Simmons chose Ada or Ardor: Like so many epics and space operas, Olympos measures individual lives against a cosmic scale.


To him, the telling and retelling of great stories is at the core of who we are; we olymlos no sooner stop being storytellers than we can stop eating, sleeping, and having sex. Olympis thing you have to realize is that Ilium and Olympos are long, grueling, complex, at times tedious The gods are really masters of magic-like nanotechnology, though their true nature and where they came from is finally revealed in this book.

Most major cities are empty, crumbling ruins taken over by nature.

Achilles’ zeal

But nobody is going to claim that Simmons is a greater verbal artist than Homer or Joyce. It is impossible to give a brief and pithy synopsis of a book like this; its ideas can’t be contained so easily.

It’s perhaps Simmons’ most imaginative work so far, and that’s saying something. In short, the sexism in the book took me out of the experience of the rather brilliant science fiction ideas.

But as fun as that can be, it doesn’t help move a plot anywhere. It takes more than simple technical ineptness to rise or sink to the rank of my least favorite. He effectively combines a serious subject, ironic perspective, strong action and believable if not always sympathetic characters. Want to Read saving…. Aug 13, Michael Durant rated it really liked it Olypmos The thing about all those literary giants who literally shaped the various worlds and there are multiple universes involved here in Ilium and Olympos?

Monitoring all the quantum activity bubbling around Earth and Mars, they have worked out that the entire solar system — if not the entire freaking universe — could be threatened if all this casual tearing apart of the fabric of reality goes on.