Ilium [Dan Simmons] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars — observed and. DAN SIMMONS. Ilium is a work of such brain-boggling scope that it’s difficult to figure out how to contain a discussion of all its different facets in a review that. Justina Robson explores an empire that never fell in Robert Silverberg’s Roma Eterna and a far-future Greece in Dan Simmons’s Ilium.

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Inspiration My review of Ilium in a nutshell: Well, it’s not so much about “The Iliad” as it I can’t seem to simomns enough in the way of praise for Dan Simmons. This would be simkons pretty awesome story all by itself, but in fact Hockenberry is only one of three main protagonists. For it to stand the test of time he asserts the failure of the three great desert cults: Paperbackpages. Aug 10, Jason rated it really liked it Shelves: Who get’s away with this?? The gods have apparently mastered quantum physics; they teleport all over the place, simmone many other dazzling feats.

We get an insight into his desires, which might actually have simmonz something to his character, and neither are we allowed to understand what draws her to him–the description keeps turning back to her breasts and skin and hair, so that the consummation ends up feeling less like personal, carnal fulfillment and more like smacking two dolls together–except the child has only bothered to undress Barbie.

It has been optioned by a top-notch studio, is slated to be directed by a top-name director, and already has the involvement of a top-flight movie star. Further loans, this time from the library of SF’s Greatest Hits, include the Eloi The Time Machinethe quantum teleport that destroys the original and remakes it with every usage Star Trek and a very jolly scene where an insufferable young man is eaten by an allosaurus Jurassic Park.


Fantasy books Science fiction books reviews. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy has already done a superb job of summarising the story-strands so I advise you to pop over to his review to wrap your head can them.

Every once in a while, the author tries to conjure up some convoluted imagery which is ridiculous enough that I just laughed at the poor sentence structure instead of dab struck by whatever he was trying to tell me.

And third, it’s crippled by too much witholding of revelations. By the end of the book, I was skimming the pages and just wanted to get it over with, losing any hope of even a semblance of resolution, because I already knew that I’d need to read through the sequel, Olympos, to get it.

Are you shitting me?

It’s a great book and I loved reading it indeed, this was the second time I read it and I think I enjoyed it more the second time. It’s really three stories all happening in different places in the solar system at the same time, inevitably approaching one another.

All in all, this is a hugely imaginative and very smart piece of work that should please almost any reader. Beyond that, the reader can see that Simmons is trying very hard to do something here, and between that and the passably interesting turns of the plot, it was almost enough to keep me reading.

Jun 24, John Boettcher rated it it was amazing.

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Just like Hyperion you’re thrown into the middle of complex plot with no simmohs of reference. It’s crazy I tell ya. The gods on Mars center their very existences on an extended exegesis of Homer.

You don’t have to get all the references to make this book enjoyable; but getting some of them will make you feel quite well read. It feels quite adolescent–physical instead of emotional, women described at length and men not at all–and not just in the Ada section, where it makes a certain sense as an homage, but throughout the book.


And then, she like, rubs her boobs iluon a pole. Ilium might not be quite that ambitious, but in choosing its ideas, Simmons tackles the dreaded Q-word that’s “quantum,” simmons with the courage of one of his heroic Achaean warriors.

Within it references abound, not only to literature but popular culture, current events, philosophy and recent concepts of physics. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years—2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York—one year as a specially trained BOCES “resource teacher” and another as a sixth-grade teacher—and 14 years in Colorado.

Where are the “Post-humans”? The second story line starts pretty far away from all these events – to be precise on the Jupiter moon Europa.

Among them are Mahnmut, who is obsessed with Shakespeare’s sonnets, and his friend Orphu, who prefers Proust.

Dan’s first published story appeared on Feb. There’s a big morphic resonance from the classics breaking out all over science fiction at the moment. It absolutely deserved it. It also didn’t win, and it deserved that as well.

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ilino Its takes a true master to weave this sort of story together. Thousands of years into Earth’s future the human population has stagnated into a contented form of indulgent immortality; no-one dies and no-one goes hungry, but also no-one really does anything more interesting than take part in the occasional sex party or get eaten by a cloned Allosaur. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Views Read Edit View history. Great world building, great ideas, very dense and not for a casual read.