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Billionaire Byron Trumbo wants to sell his posh Hawaiian resort to a Japanese investor but must make it appear prosperous while the deal is being struck. Due to the high prices, guests have been scarce. Unfortunately, they are becoming even scarcer as someone or something is kidnapping and murdering them. Drawn by the sketchy news accounts, Eleanor Perry has come to Mauna Billionaire Byron Trumbo wants to sell his posh Hawaiian resort to a Japanese investor but must make it appear prosperous while the deal is being struck. Due to the high prices, guests have been scarce. Unfortunately, they are becoming even scarcer as someone or something is kidnapping and murdering them. Drawn by the sketchy news accounts, Eleanor Perry has come to Mauna Pele on a sort of pilgrimage, using her aunt Kidder's 1866 travel diary as a guidebook. The events Kidder chronicled-tales of demons conjured up to rid the island of missionaries-seem to parallel the current events. As volcanoes erupt and vengeful gods and demons become more violent, Eleanor and her fellow guest, the indomitable Cordie Stumpf, attempt to get to the bottom of things.


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Billionaire Byron Trumbo wants to sell his posh Hawaiian resort to a Japanese investor but must make it appear prosperous while the deal is being struck. Due to the high prices, guests have been scarce. Unfortunately, they are becoming even scarcer as someone or something is kidnapping and murdering them. Drawn by the sketchy news accounts, Eleanor Perry has come to Mauna Billionaire Byron Trumbo wants to sell his posh Hawaiian resort to a Japanese investor but must make it appear prosperous while the deal is being struck. Due to the high prices, guests have been scarce. Unfortunately, they are becoming even scarcer as someone or something is kidnapping and murdering them. Drawn by the sketchy news accounts, Eleanor Perry has come to Mauna Pele on a sort of pilgrimage, using her aunt Kidder's 1866 travel diary as a guidebook. The events Kidder chronicled-tales of demons conjured up to rid the island of missionaries-seem to parallel the current events. As volcanoes erupt and vengeful gods and demons become more violent, Eleanor and her fellow guest, the indomitable Cordie Stumpf, attempt to get to the bottom of things.

30 review for Fires of Eden

  1. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Yet another compelling and seemingly very well researched book by Dan Simmons. I am still recovering from the atrocious rationale behind 'Flashback', but his writing is so good in this, that I'm back in his stan already! An Hawaii set story told in two time zones - in the past told via letters by the adventurous travelling single woman Miss Lorena Stewart coming across Sam Clemson (essayist and travel writer) as the volcanoes are about to blow in the mid 19th century; and in the 1990s where a pr Yet another compelling and seemingly very well researched book by Dan Simmons. I am still recovering from the atrocious rationale behind 'Flashback', but his writing is so good in this, that I'm back in his stan already! An Hawaii set story told in two time zones - in the past told via letters by the adventurous travelling single woman Miss Lorena Stewart coming across Sam Clemson (essayist and travel writer) as the volcanoes are about to blow in the mid 19th century; and in the 1990s where a property tycoon is trying to sell his albatross of a very high-end elite holiday resort before the volcanoes blow. Stewart's descendent Eleanor Perry and free holiday competition winner Cordie Stumpf are our protagonists caught up in the drama. What brings these tales together? Murder, rape, gods, ghosts, lava, volcanoes and more!! And somehow, despite my lack of interest in ghost stories, this supernatural tale tied to native Hawaiian deities works wonderfully well; as does telling the tales using different formats; as does making the main protagonists women in their 40s and 50s! It's something I've just began to realise with Simmons so many of his leading protagonists are outside the norm, of age, body shapes, genders etc. Anyways another very interesting Simmons' jam which also introduces, to the lesser informed readers like me, native Hawaiian mythology :). 8 out of 12. Here's a GIF of some of the lava runs from the actual Kilaeua volcano in this book:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Rhee

    I have never been to Hawaii, but I really want to go. After reading Dan Simmons's "Fires of Eden", I really REALLY really want to go. It's not a nonfiction travelogue. It's a horror novel. It's one of the funniest horror novels I've ever read. And it made me want to visit Hawaii. It also made me hungry, but that's neither here nor there. The story takes place on the Big Island, the island of Hawaii, on a mega-resort called the Mauna Pele on the Kona Coast. The owner of the resort is a sleazy sup I have never been to Hawaii, but I really want to go. After reading Dan Simmons's "Fires of Eden", I really REALLY really want to go. It's not a nonfiction travelogue. It's a horror novel. It's one of the funniest horror novels I've ever read. And it made me want to visit Hawaii. It also made me hungry, but that's neither here nor there. The story takes place on the Big Island, the island of Hawaii, on a mega-resort called the Mauna Pele on the Kona Coast. The owner of the resort is a sleazy super-rich dude named Byron Trumbo (clearly modeled after Donald Trump) who is trying to finalize the sale of the resort with a Japanese buyer before the press gets wind of the fact that guests keep disappearing or getting killed at an alarming rate. Apparently, the vengeful Hawaiian male gods Kamapua'a, Pana-ewa, and a few others with way too many syllables have been summoned and are ripping the souls out of the bodies of numerous guests. They are upset at humans for destroying the land by putting up tacky hotels and golf courses. The goddess Pele, who is not so happy about the so-called "progress" either but nevertheless protects the island, is under attack. It's up to the timid not-so-old-maid college professor Eleanor Perry, and her new friend, Cordie Stumpf, to help Pele and save the island. And the world. They're on vacation (sort of), but they've come prepared to battle demons and gods. This is a fun and silly read from an author who, in my estimation, can do no wrong. There is a lot to enjoy in this novel, from the descriptions of the beautiful Hawaiian scenery, to the stories of Hawaiian folk tales and legends, to Simmons's break-neck suspense, to his wonderfully lovable and believable characters. There is even a parallel story involving Samuel Clemens, who visited Hawaii in 1866. If you're not a fan of Dan Simmons, this may not be his most exemplary work. It is, however, an entertaining supernatural suspense thriller-comedy (think "Ghostbusters" in Hawaii) that will take you on a mental vacation for a few hours.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Walker

    Dan Simmons is one of my favorite writers and has been for many years now. I found his novels “Drood”, “Endymion” and “Hyperion” excellent in every way rating them five stars for each. “The Terror”, “Illium” and “The fall of Hyperion” all received four stars out of five. Yet even the best of authors such as Mr Simmons occasionally can write a novel that will not entertain as much as many of his others. This, I am afraid, is one of those. It is still a good novel and had it been from an author tha Dan Simmons is one of my favorite writers and has been for many years now. I found his novels “Drood”, “Endymion” and “Hyperion” excellent in every way rating them five stars for each. “The Terror”, “Illium” and “The fall of Hyperion” all received four stars out of five. Yet even the best of authors such as Mr Simmons occasionally can write a novel that will not entertain as much as many of his others. This, I am afraid, is one of those. It is still a good novel and had it been from an author that was new to me this would have had a great review but Mr Simmons has written so many excellent novels that perhaps I just expect a little more from him. This comedic horror novel, spans two centuries and is set in Hawaii where the gods of the mountain decide to wreak revenge upon unsuspecting Japanese businessmen on holiday. Add into this, roiling cauldron, Mark Twain’s female companion upon another trip to the island. The story is told deftly (as you would expect from an author of such great stature) and It is certainly worth noting that Mr Simmons has conquered yet another genre in the writing of this novel. Not his best novel but still very enjoyable, well written, planned and executed. To anyone that has not read one of Mr Simmons books, you will love this, it is excellent but when you read another of his (and you will) you will realize that this novel is on one of the lower rungs of the authors lofty and impressive list of books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is one of Simmons' lesser known novels despite it's (somewhat tenuous) connection to the season/night books. It's set in Hawaii and follows two narratives, an epistolary past that includes Samuel Clemons, and a current (the book was published in 1994) narrative which includes what may be a Donald Trump analog. Simmons does a good job of including Hawaiian mythology and history in the story, subjects about which I knew very little. The plot develops at a more leisurely pace than many of his This is one of Simmons' lesser known novels despite it's (somewhat tenuous) connection to the season/night books. It's set in Hawaii and follows two narratives, an epistolary past that includes Samuel Clemons, and a current (the book was published in 1994) narrative which includes what may be a Donald Trump analog. Simmons does a good job of including Hawaiian mythology and history in the story, subjects about which I knew very little. The plot develops at a more leisurely pace than many of his more adventure-oriented books, but it's an interesting and engaging story, as well as a thoughtful picture of the native culture. For a hot time in the old town tonight...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Juan

    The plot was too plane, none of the characters got developed or were interesting, except for Byron Trumbo who was a ton of fun to read, and the story was overwhelmingly filled with Hawaiian mythology that mostly consisted of just sitting around and talking about it, which started interesting but became too much. It gets very boring at times, but I carried through the end nonetheless. The writing was very good tho, and I'm excited to read a good Dan Simmons book. The plot was too plane, none of the characters got developed or were interesting, except for Byron Trumbo who was a ton of fun to read, and the story was overwhelmingly filled with Hawaiian mythology that mostly consisted of just sitting around and talking about it, which started interesting but became too much. It gets very boring at times, but I carried through the end nonetheless. The writing was very good tho, and I'm excited to read a good Dan Simmons book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steve R

    A very good fantasy-horror novel set in Hawaii and dealing with its mythology and history both before and after the American occupation. A good mystery, a fanciful and imaginative supernatural background and real suspenseful horror which kept me turning pages. As well, Simmons uses one of his favorite devices - introducing one of his favorite writers as a character. In this case, it's Mark Twain. Highly recommended for those who love both Simmon's historical fantasy (Olympos) and pure horror (Ca A very good fantasy-horror novel set in Hawaii and dealing with its mythology and history both before and after the American occupation. A good mystery, a fanciful and imaginative supernatural background and real suspenseful horror which kept me turning pages. As well, Simmons uses one of his favorite devices - introducing one of his favorite writers as a character. In this case, it's Mark Twain. Highly recommended for those who love both Simmon's historical fantasy (Olympos) and pure horror (Carrion Comfort). First rate.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kaminsod

    Well, unlike the boring and uneventful shift, during which I bing-read this book, Fires of Eden was quite good. It wasn't something special, but still - it was original in a typical Simmons way, masterfuly crafted and overall just very enjoyable. Definitelly not as good as Children of Night, but better than Summer of Night. 6,5/10. Seems like Dan Simmons just can't miss. Well, unlike the boring and uneventful shift, during which I bing-read this book, Fires of Eden was quite good. It wasn't something special, but still - it was original in a typical Simmons way, masterfuly crafted and overall just very enjoyable. Definitelly not as good as Children of Night, but better than Summer of Night. 6,5/10. Seems like Dan Simmons just can't miss.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Florin Constantinescu

    This is one of Dan Simmons' trickiest books to read. Not that it's written in any difficult style, or following a particularly difficult plot. It's simply that it's well... different. I expected the expected from the author after reading the synopsis. Mega-serious scary thriller. Reading the book with this mindset left me puzzled for its first third, as all things were... wrong. So I decided that Dan Simmons must've visited Hawaii in the early 90's and lost a bet there, and was thus forced into w This is one of Dan Simmons' trickiest books to read. Not that it's written in any difficult style, or following a particularly difficult plot. It's simply that it's well... different. I expected the expected from the author after reading the synopsis. Mega-serious scary thriller. Reading the book with this mindset left me puzzled for its first third, as all things were... wrong. So I decided that Dan Simmons must've visited Hawaii in the early 90's and lost a bet there, and was thus forced into writing a novel about the archipelago's mythology. Dan Simmons being Dan Simmons just couldn't help it, and had to include a historical character (like he does in most of his novels). And, since the bet had not indicated the type of tone he had to use, he decided on writing a picaresque novel, and who better to include than Mark Twain. So there are going to be scenes of Mark Twain surfing (yea. surfing.), exploring volcanoes, stripping naked and rescuing lost souls from the underworld. Why not? And a whole slew of other cardboard characters, typical of the picaresque novel: the cold and calculated billionaire with three 'wives' put face-to-face with supernatural forces, the vengeful ex-wife with her attorney, the super-hot and gullible bikini dame, the young and single female history professor traveling the world, etc. With this change in mindset I immediately starting liking the novel. Using his fast-paced style the author does not let you put the book down for too long periods. His research in Hawaii history and mythology is, as always with his research, very thorough. Obviously, can't tell if it's correct or not, but who cares? The novel is also surprising in its ending sequence, especially when it comes to choice of heroic characters. Overall, a pleasant read, and a worthy addition to Dan Simmons' bibliography. Later, if you read the synopsis of 'Drood' and intend to read it, you're going to think it's another one of these 'trap / picaresque' novels of Dan Simmons'. Charles Dickens instead of Mark Twain, and more supernatural forces. Well... no! 'Drood' just couldn't be more different.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Orrezz

    so much potential, so much waste. I thought it was going to be a fun trashy novel about demons next to volcanoes in Hawaii, even though the novelist was not other than Dan Simmons, who wrote one of my favourite books (Hyperion). In fact, it takes about 200 pages for the events to kick in, and about 400 for the monsters to appear. Simmons invests so much energy in teaching about mythology and the fictional resort, that the characters just keep wondering without purpose and only face the monsters so much potential, so much waste. I thought it was going to be a fun trashy novel about demons next to volcanoes in Hawaii, even though the novelist was not other than Dan Simmons, who wrote one of my favourite books (Hyperion). In fact, it takes about 200 pages for the events to kick in, and about 400 for the monsters to appear. Simmons invests so much energy in teaching about mythology and the fictional resort, that the characters just keep wondering without purpose and only face the monsters when nobody cares anymore. Also, from a writer like Simmons I was expecting to make a more tolerable villain than Trumbo, a billionaire proven douchebag so many times it is hard to believe he survives this long. I mean, even Dennis Nedry died in the first pages of Jurassic Park

  10. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    I was extremely impressed by Fires of Eden. It is an adventure story set in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii today) well plotted with well-drawn characters, including a fictional Samuel Clemens. A fun read from start to finish.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sergey

    Dan Simmons prose is stark and vivid. This book made me feel like I am really in Hilo, Hawaii.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Dan Simmons is a good writer. However, that is only hinted at in Fires of Eden. The story started well, but I found it growing growing increasingly tiresome as the pages wore on. The villain was cartoonishly greedy and vulgar. Another primary protagonist was barely more believable. And Simmons attempts mixing horror and farce with the result being neither scary nor funny. I like Dan Simmons because many of his books betray deep historical and literary research on his part (e. g. the Franklin Exp Dan Simmons is a good writer. However, that is only hinted at in Fires of Eden. The story started well, but I found it growing growing increasingly tiresome as the pages wore on. The villain was cartoonishly greedy and vulgar. Another primary protagonist was barely more believable. And Simmons attempts mixing horror and farce with the result being neither scary nor funny. I like Dan Simmons because many of his books betray deep historical and literary research on his part (e. g. the Franklin Expedition in The Terror, Greek mythology in Olympos, Charles Dickens in Drood). The research behind this novel involved Hawaiian mythology, but the writing accompanying it sometimes seems so pulpish that I was tempted to think in spots that Simmons had only done the book as a toss-off to justify his research trips to Hawaii as a tax write-off. (Glaring example of sloppy writing: in one instance a security man asks whether he should consult with the local police and "Five-O." Doesn't Simmons know there is no such thing as "Five-O" except in a television show? The security guy might as well ask whether he should send for Magnum P. I.) Having spent some time on the Big Island of Hawaii myself, I enjoyed Fires of Eden inasmuch as it made me nostalgic for my sojourn there. Simmons describes the setting well. But unless one wants to engage in similar nostalgia, I can't really recommend the book to anyone else.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Duval

    Enjoy this as you would a grand myth re-telling, except here the myth is--I think--a fabrication from many genuine folk fragments, some added horror of the author's imagination and a narrative glue of his making. This is like much fantasy that evokes myths in a retelling, except here the first iteration must also be told. To allow this the narrative flips back from the original 19th century to the parallel contemporary story. Also like a telling or retelling of a myth, characters are reduced, wh Enjoy this as you would a grand myth re-telling, except here the myth is--I think--a fabrication from many genuine folk fragments, some added horror of the author's imagination and a narrative glue of his making. This is like much fantasy that evokes myths in a retelling, except here the first iteration must also be told. To allow this the narrative flips back from the original 19th century to the parallel contemporary story. Also like a telling or retelling of a myth, characters are reduced, which will displease readers hoping for a character-based novel. I found the key reduced characters quite sufficiently complex for my reading pleasure. The myth he constructed from fragments was of outsider contact and insider reaction, an opposition that echoed that of other juxtaposed natural and supernatural actors. A reader will smile at some of the reminiscences and remarks attributed to the character of Samuel Clemens--they include the oft heard one about sulfur smells and sinners. The 20th century analog is a farce surrounding the sale of a resort. These comic scenes and their characters offset the doings of grotesque monsters; were the latter truly frightening there wouldn't be balance, which is part of the novel's mythic theme.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JDBerezansky

    Ultimately this was just kind of boring. I really liked all the other Seasons of Horror books in Simmon's series, but this one just didn't land for me. First, it's way more of an adventure book than a horror book, so it really really gets out of the genre it should be in. Second, the relation to the other 3 books is nonexistent other than character names. The returning characters could as easily simply be named something else, and then there'd be literally no connection here. The plot revolves a Ultimately this was just kind of boring. I really liked all the other Seasons of Horror books in Simmon's series, but this one just didn't land for me. First, it's way more of an adventure book than a horror book, so it really really gets out of the genre it should be in. Second, the relation to the other 3 books is nonexistent other than character names. The returning characters could as easily simply be named something else, and then there'd be literally no connection here. The plot revolves around a new hotel being built, and you never really care about it. You just have to watch all the poorly constructed plot devises play out in a very common very repetitious and generic way. It's not a fun one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brock

    So there are some very important highlights from this book - mostly all of them involve Cordie Cooke/Strumpf. She is just amazing in this book and as someone who LOVES Summer of Night, I was so excited to see what she had in store of us w/ this story. She continues to be a badass who will take no shit, she continues to fight for those around her and she continues to be a literary magnet for me. The scene w/ her in the water and the shark - man is sensational. Overall, this book struggles w/ real So there are some very important highlights from this book - mostly all of them involve Cordie Cooke/Strumpf. She is just amazing in this book and as someone who LOVES Summer of Night, I was so excited to see what she had in store of us w/ this story. She continues to be a badass who will take no shit, she continues to fight for those around her and she continues to be a literary magnet for me. The scene w/ her in the water and the shark - man is sensational. Overall, this book struggles w/ really working for me due to the dual nature of the stories. I found the story in the past (w/ Mark Twain?) somewhat difficult to follow along w/. Overall, I loved my time w/ Cordie but just not enough else to make this book really shine.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cass Galleas

    There are Hawaiian Gods, Mark Twain, rituals, blood, and mysticism. This is an explosive mixture that generates wonderful memories after reading the Fires of Eden. There is beautiful story and unusual thoughts. The imagery of the main characters and villains are well opened in a novel. Have the greatest impression of the God of a shark and a Dog. And now I love Hawaii with their ancient culture and history. After reading this very interesting and unusual works of Dan Simmons, I discovered a lot o There are Hawaiian Gods, Mark Twain, rituals, blood, and mysticism. This is an explosive mixture that generates wonderful memories after reading the Fires of Eden. There is beautiful story and unusual thoughts. The imagery of the main characters and villains are well opened in a novel. Have the greatest impression of the God of a shark and a Dog. And now I love Hawaii with their ancient culture and history. After reading this very interesting and unusual works of Dan Simmons, I discovered a lot of new things. I advise to read this novel to everyone who loves mysticism and intrigues of the Gods.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tanvir Muntasim

    Probably the weakest of Dan Simmons's writing, but readable for the concise writing style. I got lost in all the Hawaian mythology and lost interest in it after a while. The parallel strand involving Mark Twain was what made the book worth reading. Only for die hard Simmons fans. Probably the weakest of Dan Simmons's writing, but readable for the concise writing style. I got lost in all the Hawaian mythology and lost interest in it after a while. The parallel strand involving Mark Twain was what made the book worth reading. Only for die hard Simmons fans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Gilchrest

    I practically worship Dan Simmons so it’s with great sadness that I give this three stars. The story is engaging and exciting but not very thrilling. The feelings of fear and suspense just weren’t there for me. The end felt very rushed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pat MacEwen

    This novel involves dual time-streams. In the present, billionaire Byron Trumbo has built an ultra-posh golf resort on the slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, but it's now losing money hand over fist as his guests disappear, or wind up dead in strange circumstances. His goal? Sell it off to Japanese investors while ducking his wife, his girl friend AND his new girl friend, who converge on the resort like the Three Furies. One of his guests is Dr. Eleanor Perry, who arrives armed with a journal her au This novel involves dual time-streams. In the present, billionaire Byron Trumbo has built an ultra-posh golf resort on the slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, but it's now losing money hand over fist as his guests disappear, or wind up dead in strange circumstances. His goal? Sell it off to Japanese investors while ducking his wife, his girl friend AND his new girl friend, who converge on the resort like the Three Furies. One of his guests is Dr. Eleanor Perry, who arrives armed with a journal her aunt wrote about her 1866 visit to the Sandwich Islands and the volcanoes, and her encounters with a brash newspaperman named Samuel Clemens as well as a raft of Hawaiian supernaturals, including Pele herself. Perry soon joins forces with another guest, Cordie Stumpf, who is full of surprises in her own right, including a loaded .38 in her tote bag. Together, they soon discover that Trumbo's modern day problems are directly related to those of 1866, and ending them will require, as it did then, a trip into the Hawaiian realm of the dead through doorways hidden inside lava tubes. This is not one of Simmons' best known works, but I enjoyed an unusual take on the supernatural feuds involved, and found Simmons' portrayal of Mark Twain a great deal of fun. Byron Trumbo threatened to become a cartoon figure of the very rich man/asshole type, but ended up redeeming himself in a fairly surprising yet satisfactory manner that could used more nuance but did achieve its major goals. The three women involved, Cordie and Eleanor Perry and her Aunt Kidder, were far more interesting, each with many more levels of complexity than the men and are the true heroes of the tale. My main complaint? Cordie Stumpf has a major problem which is not resolved by the end of the book, and I see that as a missed opportunity.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aaron White

    A fine successor to the first two books in this series (Children of Night, Summer of Night), though almost completely different. The only similarity is one secondary character in Summer of Night who pops up here. Regardless, I liked this book. It took me to a new place (Hawaii), taught me new things (the myths of Hawaii) and carried me along with an excellent plot. Including Mark Twain in the plot was clever, but not that necessary. I enjoyed it nevertheless.

  21. 4 out of 5

    SmarkDent

    Definitely not one of his best novels and to be honest it's more reminiscent of Bentley Little than the usual Simmons output. Imagine 'The Resort' set in Hawaii and you're not a million miles away! Despite the fact that Dan was obviously developing his art in this early novel, it's still entertaining stuff and at times really funny, especially the bits involving Trump/Trumbo. 3 stars is a little generous - it's more a 2.5. Definitely not one of his best novels and to be honest it's more reminiscent of Bentley Little than the usual Simmons output. Imagine 'The Resort' set in Hawaii and you're not a million miles away! Despite the fact that Dan was obviously developing his art in this early novel, it's still entertaining stuff and at times really funny, especially the bits involving Trump/Trumbo. 3 stars is a little generous - it's more a 2.5.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    A solid four-and-a-half stars. I friggin love Cordie Strumpf and am so pleased that my favourite character from "Summer of Night" returned. Eleanor and Miss Lorena Stewart were super awesome too - - I just have a special place in my heart for Cordie's chaotic brand of awesomeness. All in all I really enjoyed the book, I just wish it was a little longer and more fleshed out--in particular I wanted a bit more resolution with Paul. But otherwise, a really engaging and exciting read. A solid four-and-a-half stars. I friggin love Cordie Strumpf and am so pleased that my favourite character from "Summer of Night" returned. Eleanor and Miss Lorena Stewart were super awesome too - - I just have a special place in my heart for Cordie's chaotic brand of awesomeness. All in all I really enjoyed the book, I just wish it was a little longer and more fleshed out--in particular I wanted a bit more resolution with Paul. But otherwise, a really engaging and exciting read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    And another DNF. I just don't find these characters remotely interesting. This is the third Dan Simmons book I've tried reading this morning, and just like the previous two, I lost interest after a few pages. I did push through for several chapters, but the writing style and story didn't grab me. Oh well. It happens. Let's hope I feel different about Carrion Comfort... And another DNF. I just don't find these characters remotely interesting. This is the third Dan Simmons book I've tried reading this morning, and just like the previous two, I lost interest after a few pages. I did push through for several chapters, but the writing style and story didn't grab me. Oh well. It happens. Let's hope I feel different about Carrion Comfort...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andy Spagnol

    There was some fun stuff with mythological beasties, but the characters were either unlikable, not very interesting, or just full of cliches. It was just too long to be really enjoyable for such a bland cast of characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marie Winger

    Fun quick read. Not nearly as nuanced as Hyperion. This was a re-read for me to see if I needed to keep it. Nope. Did love the clash of Hawaiian gods and religion with uber capitalist ethos. Main characters are really great people.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    Well, I preferred the other books of this series by Dan Simmons. I liked the bits on Mark Twain (although I'm usually not a fan of Mr Simmons' books based on writers - read Drood), but overall it wasn't a masterpiece. Well, I preferred the other books of this series by Dan Simmons. I liked the bits on Mark Twain (although I'm usually not a fan of Mr Simmons' books based on writers - read Drood), but overall it wasn't a masterpiece.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gfec

    8/10 as of horror 3 stars, but as funny read and good first 1/3 of book ( background, nature, horror-humour scenes, Japaneses playing golf ) is result 3,75

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    Thoroughly enjoyed, only didnt give it 5 stars because it wasnt as good as his best books. Recommended for Stephen King fans.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Ferda steele

    Enjoyed the story. Loved seeing character Cordie brought back to life in this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bob Box

    Read in 1995. This novel centers on the history and mythology of Hawaii with some supernaturals overtones.

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