Black Hills

Dan Simmons, Author . Little, Brown/Reagan Arthur $25.99 (487p) ISBN 978-0-316-00698-9

Hugo-winner Simmons, the author of such acclaimed space operas as Hyperion and Olympos as well as Drood , an intriguing riff on Dickens's unfinished last novel, displays the impressive breath of his imagination in this historical novel with a supernatural slant. In the author's retelling of Custer's last stand at the Little Big Horn in 1876, the dying general's ghost enters the body of Paha Sapa, a 10-year-old Sioux warrior who's able to see both the past and the future by touching people. The action leaps around in time to illustrate the arc of Sapa's life, but focuses on 1936, when, as a septuagenarian, he plots to blow up the monuments on Mount Rushmore in time for a visit to the site by FDR to atone for his role in constructing the stone likenesses. In his ability to create complex characters and pair them with suspenseful situations, Simmons stands almost unmatched among his contemporaries. 6-city author tour. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/21/2009
Release date: 02/01/2010
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