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3.0 out of 5 stars
It's another long Dan Simmons book, 20 Feb. 2010
Olympos and Illium were long. A little too long for me, but once you get into them the pages fly by. Not here. You think that soon, you'll be well into the story and it won't all be trains to and from here and there, to and from Charles Dickens...blah blah blah. Sure the historical facts are a little interesting and a lot of effort has obviously gone in to researching the material, but I know nothing about Charles Dickens and therefore would have been happy with a period book with fictional characters. 200+ pages lost easy cutting out Dickens. The story is good and you will like the way the period is written. Just too much repetition of train journeys, drug addiction and plays. Good, but I was expecting more.