The Hollow Man

The Hollow Man

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by Dan Simmons
     
 

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Jeremy Bremen has a secret. All his life he's been cursed with the ability to read minds. He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own. For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge. But Gail is dying, her mind
ebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the

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Jeremy Bremen has a secret. All his life he's been cursed with the ability to read minds. He knows the secret thoughts, fears, and desires of others as if they were his own. For years, his wife, Gail, has served as a shield between Jeremy and the burden of this terrible knowledge. But Gail is dying, her mind
ebbing slowly away, leaving him vulnerable to the chaotic flood of thought that threatens to sweep away his sanity. Now Jeremy is on the run—from his mind, from his past, from himself—hoping to find peace in isolation. Instead he witnesses an act of brutality that propels him on a treacherous trek across a
dark and dangerous America. From a fantasy theme park to the lair of a killer to a sterile hospital room in St. Louis, he follows a voice that is calling him to witness the stunning mystery at the heart of mortality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hugo Award winner Simmons returns to science fiction after a pair of horror novels ( Summer of Night ; Children of the Night ) with this impressive and thoughtful novel about the pain and the power of telepathy. Jeremy and Gail were made sad and lonely by their ability to read others' minds, until they found each other. Married, they grew closer than any non-telepathic couple ever could. But when Gail dies, Jeremy goes over the edge. He finds himself inundated with ``neurobabble,'' unable to keep out the roaring ocean of other thoughts that surrounds him. Drowning in despair, he begins a journey meant to resemble bear an unmistak able resemblance to that of Dante in his Divine Comedy --he flees his job, friends and home; runs afoul of gangsters in Florida; lives homeless in Denver; and uses his telepathy to win his way to wealth in Las Vegas. Simmons is at his best during Jeremy's descent into despair, searching for relief from the neurobabble and flirting with suicide. Blending chaos theory, quantum physics and neuroscience, Simmons constructs a vague but intriguing scientific explanation of telepathy. The power-of-love happy ending may leave some readers unsatisified, since it doesn't resolve some of the book's bleaker issues, but Simmons's novel remains an engrossing look at a well-worn concept. of telepathy. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The untimely death of telepath Gail Bremen casts husband Jeremy adrift on a tidal wave of unfiltered thoughts. Jeremy's struggle to come to terms with his life and his wife's death leads him to a young boy lost in his own mental nightmare. The author of the award-winning Hyperion (Doubleday, 1989) and The Fall of Hyperion ( LJ 3/15/90) demonstrates his facility with atmosphere in this sf/fantasy blend that penetrates the mind's landscape. Recommended for large fiction or sf collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780935716641
Publisher:
Lord John Press
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Edition description:
Signed
Pages:
250

What People are saying about this

Stephen King
The Hollow Man is totally alive and brilliantly focused. Although Simmons is very clearly his own man -- no writer in American popular fiction has been able to mix the real and the unreal in quite the same proportions.
Harlan Ellison
Dan Simmons is a breathtaking writer.

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Hollow Man 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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BJL6 More than 1 year ago
Jeremy and Gail Bremen are two extremely unique people. What makes them that way is the fact that they both are telepathic. For years they have been together and have been protected against the worlds ¿neurobabble¿ by each others mind shields. After being diagnosed with cancer the long struggle with Gail¿s life comes to an end and Jeremy is left bare against the constant neurobabble. Without Gail Jeremy is felt empty and hollow and after burning down his house his began traveling to places that brought him in great pain and troubles. First to a swamp where he meets a gangster named Vanni Fucci, then to the streets of Denver, a ranch, Vegas, and eventually he finds his way to a young boy. This book should be read by people that like real like surprising turns in a books and shouldn't be read by people that don't like love/happy endings.
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Pamela Johnson More than 1 year ago
An involving mixture of character, philosophy and science. Not for everyone, but one of may personal Simmons favorites.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only wish that I could formulate the mathematic equation that would allow me to recapture the time spent reading this plodding and ponderous pulp.