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I just finished "Abominable" by Dan Simmons, one of my favourite writers.

I enjoyed this book, much as I have always enjoyed Dan Simmons books. I did feel that he stretched the limits on this one, too much detail and too little story at times but I am always willing to forgive him his little excesses in favour of a good story.

This is a great tale, An assault on Everest after Mallory's demise would always be intriguing, made more so by the addition of the "Abominable snowman" who may or may not exist. I would rate this highly for most other authors but Dan Simmons is capable of better. For me it was a little disappointing from such a great writer. Perhaps I am over optimistic, I always expect "Magic" from Dan Simmons and most times he delivers. this is still a great novel.

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