by Dan Simmons
Part of the Gollancz S.F. series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 832 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 12/07/2006
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780575078826
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Review by Reysbro
A fantastic and satisfying end to the tale beginning in "Illium". Simmons' imagination never ceases to amaze in its complexity of plot and events inter-vined with a vision of the future that is set beyond any expectation of linearity.
Review by shanaqui
I read this book very bittily, because I couldn't get into it very well. I thought it was okay. It was absorbing enough once I forced myself to concentrate on it. The technology, to my mind, made things a bit <I>too</i> easy. And if some things had been cut out, it would've made it more readable and made it make more <I>sense</I>. For example: why, if your only motivation so far has been to get back to your pregnant wife, and you have important information to deliver, would you go into a radioactive wreck where you know you'll receive a fatal dose of radiation, just out of <I>curiosity</i>? You wouldn't. That threw me out of it.<br/><br/>(Also, inaccuracies don't endear it to me. Calypso and Circe were not the same person. Odysseus stayed with Circe for a year on Aeaea, and she willingly let him go. Odysseus stayed with Calypso for seven years on Ogygia, and she had to be forced to let him go. If nothing else, look at the two different personalities there!)