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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Dan Simmons is a master

No one can beat mr. Simmons w mhen it comes to writing outstanding science fiction. The future portrayed could be all too real. The mystery leaves one guessing until the end. There is plenty of action as well. There is politics but at least it is an intelligent appr...
No one can beat mr. Simmons w mhen it comes to writing outstanding science fiction. The future portrayed could be all too real. The mystery leaves one guessing until the end. There is plenty of action as well. There is politics but at least it is an intelligent approach rather than the under the dome crap from last year. Bravo mr. Simmons for writing a novel that needed to be written.

posted by Bubwolf on June 24, 2011

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22 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

Derivative craziness

For just about a deacade now, Dan Simmons has been spiraling further and further down as a writer. The guy who wrote classics like CARRION COMFORT, HYPERION and THE FALL OF HYPERION has managed to publish aborted ideas-cum-novels like OLYMPOS, DROOD and BLACK HILLS,fill...
For just about a deacade now, Dan Simmons has been spiraling further and further down as a writer. The guy who wrote classics like CARRION COMFORT, HYPERION and THE FALL OF HYPERION has managed to publish aborted ideas-cum-novels like OLYMPOS, DROOD and BLACK HILLS,filled with didactic passages (in which one can almost see the author standing on his soapbox), rightwing politico rants toward Muslims and homosexuals, stilted dialogue ("The revolving Hotchkiss cannon had five thirty-seven-millimeter barrels and was capable of firing forty-three rounds per minute", one helpful character says to another in BLACK HILLS, sounding a lot like a tour guide), and two dimensional characters. Now, after failing to climb higher than 18 or 19 on the NYTimes bestseller list with any of his last three novels (all historical thrillers), Simmons is trying his hand at another mainstream thriller (THE CROOK FACTORY, his best effort in that area was all but ignored; and DARWIN'S BLADE, a laughable and embarrassing piece of work -- the "cases" were obviously cobbled up from "Darwin Awards" that have proven to be urban legends). He's also throwing in a bit of SF for good measure.

Set in the not-too distant future, FLASHBACK involves a drug that lets addicts relive a past day (or month, or year, or moment). Protagonist Nick Bottom has, er, um, reached the bottom (hence the clever use of that surname), after the death of his wife. His skills as detective (once renowned) have (like Simmons's skills as a writer) bottomed-out. Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Nakamura asks Bottom to reopen the investigation into the death of his son, Keigo (it was Nick Bottom who originally flubbed the investigation, years before). We know Nakamura wants Bottom to re-investigate, because he opens the conversation in classic (also known as cliche) style, by saying (I kid you not), "You're probably wondering why I asked you to come here today, Mr. Bottom." From there, things go downhill fast. And Glenn Beck-style political preaching (disguised as characterization) pours onto the pages (and all over the plot): Radical Islam has conscripted most of the USA! Various states and territories have seceeded! And, of course, Pres. Obama is to blame. The author would have some believe FLASHBACK is patterned on Shakespeare (Bottom...Midsummer's Night Dream...). But there is more of the teapot -- or Teaparty -- and less of the Tempest in this (highly) derivative craziness.

posted by 8699061 on June 20, 2011

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Dan Simmons is a master

    No one can beat mr. Simmons w mhen it comes to writing outstanding science fiction. The future portrayed could be all too real. The mystery leaves one guessing until the end. There is plenty of action as well. There is politics but at least it is an intelligent approach rather than the under the dome crap from last year. Bravo mr. Simmons for writing a novel that needed to be written.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Great

    The hard part about writing dystopian fiction, especially that set in the near future, is creating a believable future. Dan Simmons has created just such a world. I do not know the authors politics, nor do I care. I do believe that those who have rated this book low have done so, not because the book is anything but a stellar example of the author's work, but because they do not like the fictitious world the author created. This is a very entertaining book that left me guessing till the end.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Another Winner

    An excellent read from the always entertaining Mr. Simmons. It's a shame some people are such haters that they use this forum for expressions of their political views, as if anyone really cares what those views are, rather than give an honest review of the books. This book has conservative views, but takes a jab at the entire state of politics nationally and worldwide while presenting warnings about the all-too POSSIBLE near future that will doubtless go unheaded. "Flashback" keeps you guessing until the end, as all good mystery-thrillers do and is a pleasure to read. Thank you Dan Simmons!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    A good story and well written. It kept me guessing until the en

    A good story and well written. It kept me guessing until the end. It's refreshing to read a dystopian novel that involves a different set of actors rather than the usual suspects ("evil corporations taking over the world", "unchecked pollution", "nuclear war", etc). I think most of the bad reviews listed here are from people that prefer the narcotic of reading something that fits their world view. It's a worthy read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    Quite a few of the other reviews here are straight political ha

    Quite a few of the other reviews here are straight political hatchet jobs and should be dismissed as such. Flashback brings together everything that Dan Simmons does extremely well: interesting, nuanced characters, fast-paced plot, and new ideas seemingly on every page. The reality is that many of the progressives reviewing this book don't want to consider the potential negative consequences their well-intended actions of today portend in the near future world of Flashback. A great detective novel wrapped in a great science fiction novel, Simmons' work brings to mind two tremendous authors who likewise refused to say and believe false things in order to get along: David Mamet and Michael Crichton. Very highly recommended.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    IMPORTANT

    SILVERS HIDEOUT IS FOUND AT DEATH OF THE FATAL!

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    Posted October 16, 2013

    Abuseheart

    "I'm right here losers."

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    Posted October 16, 2013

    Pikapaw

    Uses thunderbolt on abuseheart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    To below again

    I red on on of your pists at wartiors and its ash clan is at flying ash and twighlightclan at fox heart

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    Posted October 16, 2013

    Interveiw request

    See res two.

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