by Dan Simmons
Quercus Publishing Plc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781849160889
Date: 01 April 2010 List Price £16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
I would gladly read anything written by Dan Simmons - not just his fiction, but his shopping lists too! He is an immense and towering talent, a protean author genuinely capable of brilliance whatever he turns his hand to, whether it be hard SF, crime noir, speculative history or what to buy at the Walmart!
His brand new novel Black hills, just like the previous one Drood, and the one that came before that The Terror is a departure from his previous work. Simmons, it seems, in incapable of not reinventing himself with everything he writes and even without picking this up and reading a word of Black Hills, I can confidently recommend it and indeed, any novel by Dan Simmons to you. A hard cover published by Quercus.
"Paha Sapa, 'Black Hills' is a Red Indian shaman who as a young boy at the Battle of Little Bighorn takes the ghost of the dying General Custer into his own body. Sixty years later as an old man working as a dynamiter on Mount Rushmore, he plots to blow it up. Meanwhile, Custer finds himself trapped in a strange, dark place and begins to write sensuous, heartbreaking missives to his beloved wife. Thus begins an intricate narrative that sweeps across decades of American history, building up a portrait of one country's relentless expansion and what was lost and destroyed in its path. Black Hills is historical fiction with Dan Simmons' trademark twist. He weaves in real places, events and people with his own uniquely weird take on reality to create a portrait of a world that is hilarious and tragic, spiritual and disturbing. "