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Ilium by Dan Simmons
Genre: Science Fiction
Type: Individual Book

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Classical Sci-Fi  - posted by Rusty 07-15-2007 23:45
Having loved the Hyperion books I decided to try this one. Like Hyperion this book is steeped in references to classical literature: the Iliad, Shakespeare and Proust. Also like Hyperion this is just the first of two connected novels.
The book follows three story lines: 1) a group of humans on a far-future earth who are trying to learn more about why their society is run by servitor robots and guardian aliens. 2) A 20th century Greek history scholar who has been brought back to life to witness a bizarre re-creation of the Iliad on Mars, and 3) a small group of robots from Jupiter that launch a probe to report on the strange happenings in the inner solar system.
While deep and full of cool scientific ideas, the story doesn't move at light speed. It goes slow and gives great detail about what is happening. The other thing I didn't like was the fact that I plowed through almost 800 pages only to see a virtual "...to be continued" sign. Other than that the book is really good. If you read it be sure to go over your Greek mythology and Shakespearean sonnets - you'll be happy you did!

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