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On Earth, a post-technological group of humans, pampered by servant machines and easy travel via "faxing," begins to question its beginnings. Meanwhile, a team of sentient and Shakespeare-quoting robots from Jupiter's lunar system embark on a mission to Mars to investigate an increase in dangerous quantum fluctuations. On the Red Planet, they'll find a race of metahumans living out existence as the pantheon of classic Greek gods. These "gods" have recreated the Trojan War with reconstituted Greeks and Trojans and staffed it with scholars from throughout Earth's history who observe the events and report on the accuracy of Homer's Iliad. One of these scholars, Thomas Hockenberry, finds himself tangled in the midst of interplay between the gods and their playthings and sends the war reeling in a direction the blind poet could have never imagined.
Simmons creates an exciting and thrilling tale set in the thick of the Trojan War as seen through Hockenberry's 20th-century eyes. At the same time, Simmons's robots study Shakespeare and Proust and the origin-seeking Earthlings find themselves caught in a murderous retelling of The Tempest. Reading this highly literate novel does take more than a passing familiarity with at least The Iliad but readers who can dive into these heady waters and swim with the current will be amply rewarded. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Simmons once again creates a rich vibrant world. There are some parts that are a little slow to get going, but after about two dozen chapters I couldn't bring myself to put it... Read morePublished 18 days ago by P. Lowe
Dan Simmons blew me away with the Hyperion Cantos. This is not a masterpiece, but it is still very good. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Craig
Another great book from an amazing author. Not as good as anything from the Hyperion Cantos..but then again few things are.Published 2 months ago by Nikolas Joseph Weiss
Excellent book. I loved the character development and the book is hard to put down. Dan Simmon's book reminds me a little bit of what Stephen King does in that he takes a weak... Read morePublished 2 months ago by torquen tom
Great story telling, nice mix of history and sci-fi. Didn't get "in it" in the first couple of chapters, but then it starts and it's "pedal to the metal". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter Danton
First book I've read by the author. I liked it. Debating on reading the sequel, might spoil this one and that would be a shame.Published 3 months ago by Joshua J Lucca