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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Kind of insulting to dsn reader if you ask me. Over the course of reading Ilium and Olympos, I’ve spent a fair amount of real time in the world Dan Simmon Sometimes, life gets in the way of reading, and it takes a month to read a page book. Oh, and worst of all, dzn a male character that is forced by a wizard to rape a sleeping female character in chryo-sleep because his ejaculate is the only way to wake her. It’s easy to understand why a science fiction writer might suffer from a literary inferiority complex; but Simmons simmonx seem less naked if he spent less time nervously covering his ass – or if he acknowledged the real influences of HG Wells, Robert Heinlein and Kurt Vonnegut, instead of manufacturing so transparently bogus a literary lineage.

Mahnmut’s submersible is named The Dark Ladyan allusion to a figure in Shakespeare’s sonnets. It’s the distant future, and the Greek Gods have all returned to set up their The sequel to Dan Simmons’ epic sci-fi space opera “Ilium”, “Olympos” continues the story of 21st-century Professor Thomas Hockenberry, who has inexplicably been resurrected on Mars to be an observer of the Trojan War.


There are Greek gods residing on Olympus Mons, an authentic city of troy, Agamemnon with his armies, Hector in his crested helmet. That’s comedy GOLD right there. Major conflicts peter out to nothing.


In the end, I think it got a bit bloated and meandering and it seemed that Simmons was willing to throw any weird idea that came to him into the mix, which is why this was a huge doorstopper of a novel following a previous huge doorstopper of a novel. The Sword of Allah felt like a trumped-up obstacle for our robotagonists, which is why the future history jarred.

On the simmosn hand, it is a truly impressive collection of literary references and obviously the result of a ton of research. 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.

And finally, most of the major mysteries put forth by Ilium never get solved. Acceleration is in distance per second per second.

The only redeeming thing about Olympos was the moravecs, who are the only characters through these two books with a clear story line to them. Don’t read this if you are looking for answers from the questions in Ilium, you won’t get them. And that’s just the tip of that book’s iceberg of wonderful and unlikely inventions. However, I couldn’t pass up the chance to follow all the characters I had rapidly come to know in Ilium.


There were so many unnecessary elements. Take Harman’s storyline, for example. It makes me want to tear my hair out! Now, having said all that, Ilium and Olympos were fascinating, original, creative, challenging, and, in the end, rewarding.

The individual parts are amazing. There was a problem adding your email address. If I simmlns to read this kind of shit it’s all over the internet or TV.

SF : Olympos / Dan Simmons

I know women who could identify as much as I do with that bow moment, but Homer makes it very specifically male. We can always hope He delves into Shakespeare, analyzing his sonnets, and playing around with The Tempest. Women are ranked as more beautiful than one but less than another. When Shakespeare wrote The Tempsestthat also came true in its own universe.

Achilles’ zeal

It is funnier and spends more time enjoying its own audacity. Aug 27, Daniel Attack of the Books! There are about 3 different plotlines that are seemingly unrelated. Dec 25, bobby rated it it was ok.