FlashbackFlashback by Dan Simmons

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I generally like Dan Simmons as an author, but for some reason found this particular book hard to get in to. Other reviewers have said they did not like the heavy-fisted politics, but I didn’t really have a problem with that. I think it was the characters, none of whom I found particularly interesting. No, that’s not true… they were interesting, they were just sort of… one-dimensional. I couldn’t find anything in any of them, other than maybe the grandfather, that made me care what happened to them. I finished the book, but at this point I’ve read a few other books and couldn’t really tell you much about this one. Having said that, this didn’t put me off the author; not everyone can knock one out of the park every time.

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  1. Karen February 2, 2012 2:52 pm Reply

    I love Dan Simmons! I have done ever since I read ‘Summer of night.’ It was just such a beautifully written story about a group of wee boys and the scary goings on in their town one summer. I’ve yet to read his two most recent, they’re on my ‘to be read shelves’ – with so much going on at the moment those shelves are increasing and increasing and increasing!!!!

    His collections of short stories are interesting. That said, it’s always disappointing when a much liked author doesn’t quite live up to his previous.

    I will look out for this one, I didn’t even know it was had been published, thanks, Miss L!

    • Lorena February 4, 2012 8:20 am Reply

      “Summer of Night” was the first thing I read by him as well, Karen. I loved that book!


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