Drood, as you may remember, is Simmons's eerie literary tale about Dickens's search for the criminal Drood. This is based on Dickens's final--and incomplete--manuscript, Drood. The tale is narrated by Wilkie Collins, one of Dickens's cohorts and fellow authors of the day.
Black Hills will be coming out next month. Here's some info from the Hachette page:
"When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, "counts coup" on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general's ghost enters him - and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.
Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in the history of both Native and white Americans. Haunted by Custer's ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war-chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa's long life is driven by a dramatic vision he experienced as a boy in his people's sacred
And, here's a link to that same page, where you can read an excerpt of the book before it hits shelves.
Simmons is a local here and I'm really hoping that I have the opportunity to see him speak again. Last year on his tour for Drood, he made a stop over at the Tattered Cover and I was able to get my book signed (see this post). He also made a surprise appearance at another signing I attended in August. He's a super cool guy and each of his books is very, very different from the last.
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