I haven't seen much discussion on Dan Simmons. I'm guessing it will become more of a topic as his movies near production.
First let me say that Dan Simmons is the only author he has ever made me cry. Yes this is sad, but true. Read "Hollow Man", "Son of Kali" or " Endymion".
I truly enjoyed those works as well as the Hyperion series and Illium. However, everyone that reads Hyperion (after I recommend it) can't stand it. I don't understand why? What is your experience.
Also, all the parts that I liked in Illium, everyone else hated and vice-versa. Am I just strange? And the worst is that I have not read Olympus because I heard it just deteriorates into a predictable stupid story...which is really disappointing. It has been sitting on my shelf for almost a year!
What do you guys think of Simmons? Is he a genius or just a shameless, egotistical popularist?