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Lovedeath This was my first exposure to Dan Simmons work and all I can say isinstant fan This brilliant collection has five novellas, each exploring the twin themes of love and death Every one of these stories resonated with me, with Dying in Bangkok and Sleeping with Teeth Women particular favorites The jewel in the crown, however, is The Great Lover, which chronicles the experiences of a young soldier poet in the trenches of World War 1 This is a period of history in which I have a parti This was my first exposure to Dan Simmons work and all I can say isinstant fan This brilliant collection has five novellas, each exploring the twin themes of love and death Every one of these stories resonated with me, with Dying in Bangkok and Sleeping with Teeth Women particular favorites The jewel in the crown, however, is The Great Lover, which chronicles the experiences of a young soldier poet in the trenches of World War 1 This is a period of history in which I have a particular interest and I ve read a number of non fiction books on the subject None of them comes within a whisper of describing the terror, chaos, suffering and ultimately, the futility, of trench warfare as well as this story It is meticulously researched, exceptionally well written and quite frankly terrifying Five stars for Love Death and if I could an extra star for The Great Lover, I would Acoherent review later but overall it s not terrible Horror, Love And Obsession From A Master Of The Genre The Hugo Award Winning Author Of Children Of The Night Here Is A Riveting Collection Of Novellas Exploring The Fascinating Relationship Between Eroticism And Horror In His Most Ambitious Work Ever, Simmons Reveals The Exquisite Conjunction Of Love And Death That Will Keep Readers Awake And Reading All Night Svaka od prica je na mene ostavila odredjeni utisak i gurnula me u razmisljanje Jedino, prica o zenskim vampirima Ona me je iznervirala i jedini je razlog zbog kojeg ovoj zbirci nisam dao cistu peticu. This book is touted as a Scattershot of writing and the reader is Guaranteed to find at least one novella that they will love the problem with such a scattershot approach is that with people s varying tastes, odds are that they will only Love one or maybe two of the stories rather than all or even most of them The first story in the book is Entropy s Bed at Midnight 38 or so pages of a panicky father s musings on life and death as his paranoia about his daughter s safety hamper s his This book is touted as a Scattershot of writing and the reader is Guaranteed to find at least one novella that they will love the problem with such a scattershot approach is that with people s varying tastes, odds are that they will only Love one or maybe two of the stories rather than all or even most of them The first story in the book is Entropy s Bed at Midnight 38 or so pages of a panicky father s musings on life and death as his paranoia about his daughter s safety hamper s his life This story was extremely well written but never really went anywhere Still I won t say that I didn t enjoy it, it was rather interesting to read about The Second is Dying in Bangkok probably the most controversial of the stories in this collection yes what the other reviewers have said is true, this story has some extremely explicit sexual scenes that seem to go on and on and on The story does actually go somewhere, so if you can stomach the almost pornographic level of sex described in the story, it actually turns out pretty good in the end Sleeping with Teeth Women was strange The tale of a Native American boy who is extremely horny, wants to marry the pretty young maiden in the tribe, but ends up on a vision quest instead in the hopes that he would save all of their people This tale had a lot of potential but wandered all over the place as if Simmons was never 100% sure where he intended to go with it It was well written but meandered about to the point of losing the reader s interest Flashback wasof a Sci Fi story about a drug appropriately called Flashback that people are addicted to The drug allows them to relive their memories and stars causing chaos throughout society It reminded me somewhat of Strange Days though not as interesting I had a hard time getting through this story I guess I just really can t get into Sci Fi Sorry The Great Lover the final and longest story in the bookof a war story told through the journal of a great poet Though this was the best researched and educational of the stories in the book, but it failed to hold my attention I don t know why, but I just couldn t get into it On the whole, all of the stories are very well written they are just so different in their topics and styles that odds are very few people will either love or loath all of them I personally enjoyed the first three and had a hard time with the last two my friend liked the last three and hated the first two Either way if you find a copy of this, odds are you will find something you like and something that really isn t your style I don t find this is indicative of all of Simmons work, which I generally enjoy His short stories really seem very hit and miss Quite the collection of novellas a few shine brighter than the rest, but all are worth reading, especially for fans of Simmons other fiction He skates around a few genres, though horror is front and centeroften than not Since there s little connective tissue from story to story, other than the central themes of Love and Death, I might as well rate each story on its own merit.Entropy s Bed at Midnight 4 StarsA perfect opening story Others have commented that it goes nowhere and th Quite the collection of novellas a few shine brighter than the rest, but all are worth reading, especially for fans of Simmons other fiction He skates around a few genres, though horror is front and centeroften than not Since there s little connective tissue from story to story, other than the central themes of Love and Death, I might as well rate each story on its own merit.Entropy s Bed at Midnight 4 StarsA perfect opening story Others have commented that it goes nowhere and they seem to miss the point Simmons rides the tension out perfectly, without even offering a release, thankfully His characterization is in top form here, and the fear and pain present in the main character resonate on a deeper level than any of his other characters in this collection.Dying in Bangkok 5 StarsIts easy to see why this won awards Its easily the most gripping story here Simmons, like Clive Barker before him, pulls off something few horror writers can do render the completely absurd and ludicrously implausible stuff of fantasy into something truly unsettling The depth of his creation for such a short story is striking Oddly enough I don t think the execution is perfect, with some of the later revelations feeling a bit off, or even trite, but it doesn t matter This story reads like a steamroller, practically tearing itself off the pages.Sleeping with the Teeth Women 4 1 2 StarsHere Simmons downplays the horror element a bit, and instead takes us along for the spiritual journey of a Lakota boy More than anything, this is a fabulously told coming of age story The early scenes with the protagonist sneaking off to his beloved s tipi are exquisite As the tale progresses, and the scope widens, visions and supernatural beings come into focus and the story takes flight I haven t seen it mentioned anywhere, but this seems to be something of a precursor to Simmons latest novel, Black Hills, which has the same setting and possibly related characters I haven t read it yet, but he seems to have used this story as a catalyst for that much longer work.Flashback 3 StarsThis is the only SF story of the bunch, but it doesn t hit quite as hard as I d want, though it has some compelling ideas Obviously the future he was channeling feels a bit dated, what with the early 90 s buzz of virtual reality filling nearly every frame, but that can t be helped really The titular drug reminds one of the film Strange Days, a wonder if James Cameron who wrote the script for director Kathryn Bigelow perchance had a copy of this lying around The depth of creation is here, but the writing and characters don t hammer it home Several bits are overexplained, the grandfather s flashbacks feel tiresome by the third revisit of manyand the most satisfying part for me, was how incredibly depressing and unsatisfying the ending was, if that makes any sense Probably not, ha.The Great Lover 3 1 2 StarsAh, the big one Its readily apparent Simmons fell in love with the source material, and his vision of concocting some overarching poetic statement about the Great War, and he comes close to nailing it Unfortunately, this bit felt overlong, and not completely justified in its excess Essentially what he did was to roll a bunch of WW I poets into one character, and throw him into the thick of the shit and then proceed to describe every ounce of said shit in all its excretory glory Much of the imagery is striking, but it numbs after a while, which parallels the experience of the character, so its surely intentional, but still The ambition is impressive, as the amount of research involved is clear there are footnotes explaining the origins of the included poems and histories of the individual poets , and the charm of such an undertaking rubs off on you as you get deeper into the story The ultimate revelation about the supernatural element to this story actually came as just that, a Revelation, and by the end of the 100 plus pages, there did seem to be a valid bit of redemption for all that came before A solid, if flawed story, but one worth reading nonetheless apologies for typos redundancies present in the above, don t have time to edit, cheers Five novellas from Dan Simmons on the themes of Love and Death All five are interesting although some of the stories are stronger than the others Entropy s Bed at Midnight starts off well as a parent who has lost one child to an accident is consumed with ensuring his other child stays safe The story builds on the dread of something to come, but then it just wanders off and ends, slightly disappointing Dying in Bangkok , is a difficult tale to read, erotic and horror and vampires and HIV, co Five novellas from Dan Simmons on the themes of Love and Death All five are interesting although some of the stories are stronger than the others Entropy s Bed at Midnight starts off well as a parent who has lost one child to an accident is consumed with ensuring his other child stays safe The story builds on the dread of something to come, but then it just wanders off and ends, slightly disappointing Dying in Bangkok , is a difficult tale to read, erotic and horror and vampires and HIV, combine to make a story you won t soon forget Sleeping with Teeth Women , predates Simmons novel Black Hills , but you can see his love of the Sioux already in this novella, and he is able to create a fascinating story about an Indian boy who somehow stumbles into seeing visions of the white man conquest of his people Moving, interesting and powerful Flashback is the only S.F story Similar to the novel of the same name, Simmons creates an all too real story of what would happen to America if a drug was available that allowed someone to flash to that memory Interesting premise, however, just like the novel, it would have beeninteresting to keep the politics out and focus on the impact of the drug on America The Great Lover is a masterpiece of horror describing the WWI battle of the Somme s, where over a million men lost their lives for no apparent reason Haunting, horrific, and grisly, Simmons describes a poet trapped in the trenches as his grasp on sanity slips and slowly fails amid the tragedy of war.Worth reading, as Simmons, as always, writes powerful stories of love and death This set of stories had an odd and intriguing manner of delivery at times, but for most of the collection, worked favorably Entertaining and original.Since it is a small collection I ll go through what I thought of my favorites.Entropy s Bed at Midnight Fun and touching on a level that worked well Strong, sincere characters and story that demanded a response Great ending Dying in Bangkok Awesomely strange monster story set in a vivid underworld It was an interesting glimpse into AIDS look This set of stories had an odd and intriguing manner of delivery at times, but for most of the collection, worked favorably Entertaining and original.Since it is a small collection I ll go through what I thought of my favorites.Entropy s Bed at Midnight Fun and touching on a level that worked well Strong, sincere characters and story that demanded a response Great ending Dying in Bangkok Awesomely strange monster story set in a vivid underworld It was an interesting glimpse into AIDS looking forward from a past s perspective.Flashback This is pure sci fi fun It really made me smile as it reminded me of the Digital Underground song from around the same time titled Sex Packets It moved fastest of all the stories and the generational differences shined wonderfully through the addictions and personalities Damn those tricky Japanese The Great Lover This story was the longest and moved along somewhat slower than the others, but it was easy to grow attached to Rooke and his trench affair The imagery was haunting and wonderful Easily the scariest of the bunch This fantastic book LOVEDEATH is a collection of short stories all with death as the theme It was like shooting thru a tub of butter with a cannon the way I went thru this bo ok Mostly Fiction.The first story was written like an H Ellison story running back and forth between reminiscences of bizarre insurance claims ha funny deaths and accidents ha , and a guy on a sled with his daughter with some impending doom by the end death oriented book To me it was the weakest of the stories but wr This fantastic book LOVEDEATH is a collection of short stories all with death as the theme It was like shooting thru a tub of butter with a cannon the way I went thru this bo ok Mostly Fiction.The first story was written like an H Ellison story running back and forth between reminiscences of bizarre insurance claims ha funny deaths and accidents ha , and a guy on a sled with his daughter with some impending doom by the end death oriented book To me it was the weakest of the stories but written really well enough to keep me going.The second story is about a horrific encounter with a blow job vampire whose feeding technique makes the stomach turn a blushing red amidst colored lights and cheerleaders in a really fascinating way Vietnam vet goes in for a freak show with his buddy and gets the biggest eyeful of weird this side of C thulhu mating rituals I don t want to give away any of it I m dying to tell ya about it though What a story Sleeping with Teeth Women is a thorough short story based on Souix Indian legend As a reaction to the ever boring Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves movie, this story puts the straight arrow back in the bow instead of the wet noodle A spook story about Lame Badger who needs some teen sex immediately Wanting to be a man, he goes out for a fasting with elders and has his dream vision It s a disturbing dream of sexy women with grinding sex teeth he has to sleep with Endless torture meets him on the way to fulfilling his quest of sleeping with teeth women where he will definitely loose his baby maker Ha Flashback is a drug that lets you relive precious moments of your life Tune in and drop out You re 18 again Kids like to commit crime and flash on them later Ladies love intimate moments of love Men go for the sex Grandpa thinks he s in the secret service with JFK What There s a conspiracy since Japan has made use of this drug punishable by death, America is slacked off on everything economically since the intro of the drug Japan may be supplying the world with it and reaping the benefits of global bank supreme Young Val is getting peer pressure to rape or kill and flash on it with his tough peers Short and fucked this is a great read The closest to sf in the whole book.The last story is a killer The Great Lover has a poet in WWI many poets died in that war apparently stuck in the labrynthian trenches of the battlefield watching extreme scenes of horror every day It s Dante s Inferno Cake with Night of the Living Dead frosting over the entrails Endless horror based on true accounts plague Rook the writer as he puts in his journal the groups of men sent to blow to pieces and rot in puddles while useless arms paw at their over detailed evisceration In the maze of horror generals show up now and then to show how proud they are or upset with the men in losing limbs or lives Like aliens from another world commenting on the price of rice or something having very little to do with the incredibly dire, dire, dire, situations the fighters are in Main writer Rook begins to hallucinate that a woman death wants him to stay with her Gangreen and blood gut covered situations make this the endall of all horror stories A slice of hell served on heads of hundreds of blown to bit bodies I ve never read anythingdisturbingReview was originally posted on sfbook.com In Lovedeath , Dan Simmons gives us five novellas that range from unrelentingly horrifying to heart warmingly romantic, and sometimes they manage to be both It is a strange, beautiful, satisfying overlapping of Eros and Necros that could only emanate from the mind of one of the best writers working in any genre today Dying in Bangkok is the story of a man s erotic journey to find and recapture something he lost during the Vietnam War his soul Sleeping with Teeth Women is a humorous camp In Lovedeath , Dan Simmons gives us five novellas that range from unrelentingly horrifying to heart warmingly romantic, and sometimes they manage to be both It is a strange, beautiful, satisfying overlapping of Eros and Necros that could only emanate from the mind of one of the best writers working in any genre today Dying in Bangkok is the story of a man s erotic journey to find and recapture something he lost during the Vietnam War his soul Sleeping with Teeth Women is a humorous campfire tale told by an old Native American grandfather, angry at how his people have been romanticized in crappy Hollywood films like Dances With Wolves and ready to set the record straight with a disturbing true story of his noble ancestors The book s best story, The Great Lover , is an excerpted account from poet Richard Edward Harrison III s war time diary The young Harrison recounts, in graphic detail, the battles he miraculously survived in France during the First World War and the hauntingly beautiful and mysterious Lady in White that would come to him at night to make passionate love with him and disappear before morning Is she a ghost A vampire Or something beyond time and space All five of the novellas in this book are fantastic Published in 1993, this book is currently out of print, so if you find a copy of it at a second hand bookstore, grab it up

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