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Olympos (2005)

de Dan Simmons

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Sèrie: Ilium-Olympos (2)

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Helen of Troy is in mourning for her dead husband, Paris. Killed in single combat with the merciless Apollo, his body is nothing but a scorched and blasted thing. Hockenberry, her lover, still sneaks from her bed after their nights of lovemaking. And the gods still strike out from the besieged Olympos, their single-molecule bomb casings quantum phase-shifting through the moravecs¿ force shield and laying waste to Ilium. Or so Hockenberry and the amusing little metal creature, Mahnmut, have tried to explain to her. Helen of Troy does not give a fig about machines. She must dress for the funeral. And man and the gods and the unknown players in this tragedy must prepare for the final act. And a battle that will decide the future of the universe itself.… (més)

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I really loved Ilium when I read it in June so was looking forward to this, the sequel. And it kicks off right where we left the story in the first book. Unfortunately it just didn’t work as well. All through this book I was interested in what was going on, but never gripped, never fascinated or engaged by it. Merely hmm, that’s interesting.

Full review: http://www.susanhatedliterature.net/2010/08/08/olympos/ ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
MARS: Paris is dead. Hockenberry and Helen are lovers. Achilles and Hector have joined forces against the gods while the gods fight amongst themselves. Mahnmut and Orphu discover the quantum energy they’ve been tracking emanates from Earth rather than Mars, and it’s about to destroy both worlds.

EARTH: Meanwhile, Odysseus travels with Harman and Ada, seeking an end to Setebos. Daeman travels alone, seeking the same end. And the voynix drop their pretense of servitude; humanity’s continued existence is precarious.

Dan Simmons juggles many plates in the concluding volume of this epic duology. I admit to being a little lost at times, and occasionally needing to trudge my way through chapter after chapter in dogged determination. Yeah, the story bogs down now and then. So many moving parts! But stick with it, and you’ll be rewarded in the end. ( )
  avanta7 | Jul 27, 2017 |
What started out as an addictive romp trough the Trojan War ended with a whimper. I may still need the Ilium Anonymous Zeus mentions - but it will not be a painful withdrawal.

In this sequel to the amazing Ilium, Simmons continues his delightful interweaving of Shakespeare, Proust, Homer, Virgil and Nabakov (just to name a few) with time travel, robots and genetically modified beings.

However, the abrupt changes in story arcs and subplots are unsettling, and the neat little bows tying up the tale are hard to swallow - even for fans of The Bard’s comedies.

Of special note: the author’s inclusion of the delightfully poignant poem by daughter Jane Simmons may just make up for the plot deficiencies.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
Ilium was weird, Olympos is even weirder.

It's a diverting romp though the Iliad and Aeneid but I have to say that if my scholarly Greek history was an awful lot better then I might have gotten more from this book. I'm not sure I would though as it's not written in a "knowing" way, although if you have no clue who the Greek and Trojan heroes were you might struggle.

The book is pretty hefty and that works against it a little as although the pace can be decent, the complexities are ever-present and the remaining pages can seem daunting. However, the tale is decent enough and although there are some aspects that seem unbelievable, such as Hockenberry and Helen, the Sci-Fi is decently constructed with a number of good ideas that I think will stay with the reader. ( )
  expatscot | Sep 30, 2015 |
I found this book a bit confusing at times, seeing as it is some strange combination of Shakespeare and Greek mythology jammed together in the distant future, but it was still excellent. Complex and enthralling. ( )
  Karlstar | May 9, 2015 |
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Dan Simmonsautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Rostant, LarryAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ruddell, GaryAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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This novel is for Harold Bloom, who---in his refusal to collaborate in this Age of Resentment---has given me great pleasure.
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Helen of Troy awakes just before dawn to the sound of air raid sirens.
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Hoe had Homerus al die dingen kunnen weten?
Toen dit alles zich afspeelde was hij een kameel in Bactria!
LUCIANUS, De droom
...de werkelijke geschiedenis van de aarde is in laatste instantie een verhaal over medogenloze oorlogvoering.
Noch zijn medemensen, noch zijn goden, noch zijn hartstochten laten een mens met rust.
JOSEPH CONRAD, Notes on Lifes and Letters
Ach, schrijf niet langer over Troje
Waar de Dood zijn stempel achterliet -
En verwar niet koning Laios' woede
Met de vreugde die de vrijheid biedt:
Al spreekt een sfinx met nieuwe monden
Van de dood die Thebe nooit doorgrondde.

Een nieuw Athene zal verrijzen,
En schenkt het verre nageslacht
Zoals het zonlicht aan de hemel,
de bloeitijd van haar praal en pracht;
Of laat, als niets van schoonheid leeft,
Wat de aarde neemt, de hemel geeft.
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, Hellas
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Helen of Troy is in mourning for her dead husband, Paris. Killed in single combat with the merciless Apollo, his body is nothing but a scorched and blasted thing. Hockenberry, her lover, still sneaks from her bed after their nights of lovemaking. And the gods still strike out from the besieged Olympos, their single-molecule bomb casings quantum phase-shifting through the moravecs¿ force shield and laying waste to Ilium. Or so Hockenberry and the amusing little metal creature, Mahnmut, have tried to explain to her. Helen of Troy does not give a fig about machines. She must dress for the funeral. And man and the gods and the unknown players in this tragedy must prepare for the final act. And a battle that will decide the future of the universe itself.

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