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  • Title: Flashback
  • Author: Dan Simmons
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  • Page: 217
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✓ Flashback ↠ Dan Simmons ✓ Flashback ↠ Dan Simmons - Flashback, Flashback The United States is near total collapse But % of the population doesn t care they re addicted to flashback a drug that allows its users to re experience the best moments of their lives After ex de

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About "Dan Simmons"

  1. Dan Simmons

    Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional Elm Haven in 1991 s SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002 s A WINTER HAUNTING Dan received a B.A in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St Louis in 1971 He then worked in elementary education for 18 years 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York one year as a specially trained BOCES resource teacher and another as a sixth grade teacher and 14 years in Colorado ABOUT DAN Biographic Sketch His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year He also worked as a national language arts consultant, sharing his own Writing Well curriculum which he had created for his own classroom Eleven and twelve year old students in Simmons regular 6th grade class averaged junior year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments Whenever someone says writing can t be taught, Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it Since becoming a full time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire s Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers Workshop.Dan s first published story appeared on Feb 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born He s always attributed that coincidence to helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life Dan has been a full time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado in the same town where he taught for 14 years with his wife, Karen, his daughter, Jane, when she s home from Hamilton College and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Fergie He does much of his writing at Windwalker their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park An 8 ft tall sculpture of the Shrike a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion Endymion novels was sculpted by an ex student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.

958 thoughts on “Flashback”

  1. Dear Dan Simmons,We have taken your family hostage If you want to see them alive again, immediately write a dystopian novel that incorporates the following ideas 1 The election of Obama in 2008 triggers a wave of socialist entitlement programs that bankrupts the United States Be sure to repeatedly point out that the debt run up by the liberals is the key factor in this Do NOT mention that Bill Clinton s administration paid off a huge national debt that had increased dramatically during the Reaga [...]


  2. People dislike this book for pretty much two major reasons, those being the politics he uses to drive the story, and the far too overused these days cries of racism but same critical people have no problem with when Stephen King or Douglas Preston add in their own politics and Christian bashing to their respective novels Guess it all depends on which side of the isle you sit on I was able to get through Under the Dome and and to me it took continuous cheap shots at christianity which would be ra [...]


  3. In a former United States devastated by economic and political collapse, former police officer Nick Bottom, a Flashback addict like much of the country, is pulled from the ruins of his former life and hired by a Japanese businessman to solve the six year old murder of his son But what does the murder have to do with the car accident that killed his wife and sent him into Flashback s warm embrace When I saw that Dan Simmons next book was going to be called Flashback, I pre ordered it immediately [...]


  4. Absolutely loved The Terror Really liked Drood Hyperion was pretty darned good too.But this book Holy sh t I ll take a guess that the author never put it past an editor The book is 80% overwritten and chock full of the author s political rants I mean do we really need to know about how much you hate the Boulder, CO city council For christ s sake Does the truck driver really need to launch off on a long tirade about the 2012 election This book is absolute crap I ve tried to push through the audio [...]


  5. Judging from the hundred pages or so of Flashback I masochistically goaded myself through the Dan Simmons whose work I love has been replaced by a tea party replicant Ask him why he won t right an upturned tortoise and he ll launch into a rant about how the tortoise s liberal views, the Obama administration, and the animal s pandering to ethnic minorities are to blame for its vulnerable state.Seriously though, this book doesn t fit with Simmons other work, such as the magnificent Hyperion A book [...]


  6. Disappointed with this book Liked Simmons earlier sci fi unfortunately, this book seems to be mainly a smokescreen for some conservative and possibly racist perspectives that I don t agree with I don t have a problem with political undertones in novels if they are well integrated thematically, even if I disagree with them, but the characters come out with these rants that detract from the story or worse, there will be a block of awkward exposition about the cost of U.S entitlement programs and h [...]


  7. Dan Simmons envisions a dystopian future triggered by the Obama administration Truthfully, had I known this was going to be an atrocious, righteous, xenophobic right wing fantasy novel, I would not have read it My brain hurt from all the prejudicial contortions in logic and historical perspective Delivery of the world unbuilding was atrocious and defied reason I thought often of abandoning it However, it occurred to me that right wingers must feel the same way when they read novels about climate [...]


  8. Two stars for the complex mystery plot Otherwise, I m looking for negative numbers This book makes Heinlein look like a sissy The hero is the usual super tough ex cop who isn t too smart but always figgers it out in da end Takes lotsa hits, spits out teeth and gets up again Bruce Willis in Die Hard John Wayne in anything There s a bottle in his right hand desk drawer 90% of the people in the world are liberal wimps or stereotypical foreigners, and everything is Obama s fault Whenever a fact is r [...]


  9. In lieu of a long, rambling review, I d just like to point out that, had the president who started the shit spiral that leads to the downfall of America is this book been identified as George W Bush, rather than Barack Obama, the average rating would be a full star higher than it is Just my opinion.This is a solid mystery, great characters, in a very well imagined and fleshed out world, regardless of what your political slant is come on, you can t suspend your political disbelief for 500 pages I [...]


  10. After reading some of the reviews and comments about the reviews I am a bit hesitant in posting my own However, I am going to keep it short try to keep away from the politics mostly I am a big Dan Simmons fan and have been since I read Carrion Comfort as a late teen Even when his topics head off into places I really have no interest in The Terror he has been able to create an interest in me through his style and the knowledge history he imparts as part of the story Loved that book That being sai [...]


  11. I m a huge fan of pretty much everything Dan Simmons has published and Flashback is no exception The book is part hard boiled detective novel, part dystopian nightmare, part Cristopher Nolan esque sci fi and manages to blend all those genres perfectly Flashback is set about 20 years in the future in which the US has undergone a major economic collapse To add to the nation s troubles, the vast majority of its citizens are hooked on a drug called Flashback, which enables them to relive, in perfect [...]


  12. I read Flashback before looking at any of the reviews and I m glad I did I found the storyline intriguing and the bleak future portrayed a great use of Simmons imagination Regardless of ones own political beliefs this is simply an interesting take on one possible future with the current political climate Is it realistic I think you ll find liberals screaming no while libertarians kow tow to the great wise Dan Simmons.I m surprised so many readers couldn t get past the politics and dystopian futu [...]


  13. I loved the premise for this book and Simmons does a great job with the story in FLASHBACK I think some readers are put off with FLASHBACK because they assume Simmons is voicing his own personal political views through the plot and characters I guess I really never saw things that way Quite likely, I liked this novel than a number of reviewers.


  14. I love Dan Simmons I just don t love his twin brother who takes over the writing chores sometimes Apparently, the same Simmons twin that wrote Darwin s Blade decided to try another one with Flashback A friend of mine who recently reviewed this book called it a tea party approved view of the future I couldn t agree Flashback is filled with the worse kind of xenophobia Set in the near future, apparently 95% of Americans are addicted to a drug that draws them back to the good old days when America [...]


  15. Wow I couldn t even finish it After 30 pages I thought, this is not up to the Dan Simmons standard After 100 pages I thought, really A two page rant about debt to GDP ratios And around 200 pages, when I got to the passage which went something like Once the climate scientists finally admitted that anthropogenic global warming was a hoax, it was too late , I gave up Thankfully I got this book from my local library, and didn t pay money for it This book is basically an episode of the Glenn Beck sho [...]


  16. First let me state that I like Dan Simmons But I didn t care for this one What the heck happened to Mr Simmons This book is the right wing counterpart of Soft Apocalypse and while the mystery storyline is stronger than what passes for a plot in Soft Apocalypse it s just as obnoxious In it s totality this novel is of a 500 page political social scree by Mr Simmons than a novel It merely uses the dystopian science fiction setting to make it a little easier to go down I consider myself to be a con [...]


  17. I like much of Dan Simmons work, but this particular novel is a clunker The story takes place in the dystopian near future America has become financially bankrupt and administered by the Japanese government All because of Obama.Them damn Muslims have taken over much of the world and administer a kind of new caliphate in what used to be Europe Also, 9 11 is celebrated as a national holiday in America and kids have become indoctrinated with mandatory Islamic education in schools All because of Oba [...]


  18. a steaming pile of shit simmons worst book ever.ok, i ll put aside my beef with the libertarian nonsense i don t care, and it s refreshing to read a book that s got left wingers on the defensive, since most dystopia novels hack at the right however, had simmons used the politics to simply create an intriguing, layered world which is what makes me worship all of his other books , this book could have been great instead, he indulges in long, ayn rand like diatribes yes, i know the book doesn t rep [...]


  19. Well I am stumped on this, and doing a major re evaluation on Dan, who has written some very great books I ve been a major fan But with this I am torn between a good detective story set in a near future where everything has collapsed and political polemics that don t sit well with me At all The US has fallen apart because of Obama basically, and characters lecture airing Fox news reports on entitlements Which in the case of this book, brought about a world that Crashed completely And it s a dang [...]


  20. This may be the best novel I ever read that had a fatal flaw.Flashback does have a lot of good things in it Simmons has taken the mystery detective thriller and placed it in a dystopian novel with the skill of a brain surgeon He envisions an America in 2030 that is on the verge to being torn apart The economy is in shambles, various states have seceded and foreign countries such as Japan and Russia are fighting over the scraps Many Americans are addicted to a drug called Flashback that allows th [...]


  21. MAN, am I ever of two minds about this book It combines two of my favorite genres futuristic dystopia meets noir mystery and succeeds mightily, with a nifty maybe maybe not ending.On the other hand, it reminds me of State of Fear by Michael Crichton, in which the author constructed a whisper thin plot as an excuse to go politicizing and act out a snuff fantasy of Martin Sheen getting eaten by cannibals.The politics in short, everyone is evil, especially Muslims and liberals, and DAMMIT LIBERALS [...]


  22. Most dystopia s are what I call right wing dystopias, that ask, what if those things traditionally considered conservative military, free market, etc progress to extremes What bad things could happen to the world This one asks the same things about things that are considered liberal political correctness, accommodation, deficit spending Mostly it s a good novel, though I wish he wouldn t have spent so much time on exposition Would have kept it tighter and effective without the editorializing I [...]


  23. It is sad to realize that someone whose work you had admired in the past has had their intellect eaten away by watching too much Fox News In Flashback, Simmons basically channels all of his old white guy fear into a future of the United States that incorporates all of the conservative boogiemen, no matter how nonsensical or even contradictory they are Let s see how many ways we can think of that the scary foreigners can sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids, shall we The inscrutable [...]


  24. I have a real love hate relationship with this book For every one thing that I liked in the story, there were three things abhorrent It is definitely sort of a masterpiece, a strange mix of Detective Story, high concept Sci fi and spiritual journey At the heart of the book is a noir detective mystery Think of Raymond Chandler meets William Gibson The window dressing for the story is a post apocalyptic, drug addicted future where America and the whole western world has succumbed to Muslim expansi [...]


  25. Well, in this one, Dan Simmons goes back to his noirish roots We ve got tough male characters Man, are they tough One s an ex cop addict He s hired by a Japanese businessman it almost feels like a retro shout out to the 1980 s, this preoccupation with the possibility of Japanese supremacy and his even tougher Japanese bodyguard Most of the first scene is posturing among these characters to see who can gain the upper hand who has the biggest balls of them all Sadly, not the ex cop, who is put in [...]


  26. I m not entirely sure what to make of this book It s a lot of things near future dystopia, murder mystery, violent political thriller, tale of addiction and recovery and partial redemption On most of these fronts it succeeds admirably It starts slowly but builds up to become a gripping tale that kept me up half the night, desperate to find out what was going on All the clues are there but the whole thing is baffling until the Agatha Christie style revelation yes, revelation, not reveal , ugh whi [...]


  27. First off, I m giving this two stars because I just couldn t put the book down and read on in fascinated astonishment The dystopia, sci fi noir part is quite interesting up til the end who did kill billionaire Nakamura s son The drug, Flashback, is also an interesting idea I started feeling uncomfortable pretty soon on due to the Japanese stereotyping going on at the start of the novel But then the novel also turns into a diatribe, a polemic for what I can only assume must be Dan Simmons own pol [...]


  28. I had heard of this book every now and then from internet sources and related reviews, most recently from a review of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline another book dealing with a dystopic future that I read in 2012 Frankly I find it heartbreaking that a man who wrote Hyperion, Summer of Night and Song of Kali would produce something like this It reeks of a steady detachment of reality The Terror made me question if Simmons best work had already been published this book cleared all doubt It s dou [...]


  29. This book was pretty scary because of its relevance to what could happen in the near future if things get worse rather than better It makes the assumption that the economy never really recovers after the Obama presidency, and that we become overburdened with entitlement programs that we can t afford, and worse Things get so bad that most people in the US use a drug called Flashback to dwell on the past instead of the present and future.Against that backdrop is a mystery that seems to be unsolvab [...]


  30. I saw a glowing review of Flashback and learned that Dan Simmons writes mysteries as well as science fiction It sounded intriguing, so I reserved it at the library.Intriguing may be too mild a word There s a lot of invective in the reviews on and Barnes and Noble because people assume that the political beliefs of the characters are those of the author On his website, Dan Simmons says that his fiction is not an excuse to espouse his personal political beliefs I m reserving judgment I believe tha [...]


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