Fires of Eden

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Harper Prism, Jul 27, 1995 - Fiction - 408 pages
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By overdeveloping Mauna Pele, a resort on the Kona Coast of Hawaii, billionaire Byron Trumbo has unwittingly reopened a centuries-old battle between Pele, goddess of volcanoes, and her immortal enemies. Giants are being spotted, guests turn up dead and dismembered, volcanoes erupt and send lava flowing close to the resort, and Byron must face the wrath of his enemies.

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Not Dan Simmons's best. I found the descriptions of the volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and lava flows repetitive. Byron Trumbo and his wives were caricatures. The best, most sympathetic character was Cordie Strumpf, full of spirit and a take-no-prisoners attitude toward life. A worthy heroine. Read full review

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It took a few chapters to adapt to the back-and-forth of the two different narratives, but once that was established, all good. The story was funny, the twists unexpected. Thumbs up. Read full review


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Science fiction writer Dan Simmons was born in East Peoria, Illinois in 1948. He graduated from Wabash College in 1970 and received an M. A. from Washington University the following year. Simmons was an elementary school teacher and worked in the education field for a decade, including working to develop a gifted education program. His first successful short story was won a contest and was published in 1982. His first novel, Song of Kali, won a World Fantasy Award, and Simmons has also won a Theodore Sturgeon Award for short fiction, four Bram Stoker Awards, and eight Locus Awards. He is also the author of the Hyperion series, and Simmons and his work have been compared to Herbert's Dune and Asimov's Foundation series.

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