Black Hills

Black Hills When Paha Sapa a young Sioux warrior counts coup on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn the legendary general s ghost enters him and his vo

  • Title: Black Hills
  • Author: Dan Simmons
  • ISBN: 9780316006989
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, counts coup on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general s ghost enters him and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event filled life.Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumuWhen Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, counts coup on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general s ghost enters him and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event filled life.Seamlessly weaving together the stories of Paha Sapa, Custer, and the American West, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in the history of both Native and white Americans Haunted by Custer s ghost, and also by his ability to see into the memories and futures of legendary men like Sioux war chief Crazy Horse, Paha Sapa s long life is driven by a dramatic vision he experienced as a boy in his people s sacred Black Hills In August of 1936, a dynamite worker on the massive Mount Rush project, Paha Sapa plans to silence his ghost forever and reclaim his people s legacy on the very day FDR comes to Mount Rush to dedicate the Jefferson face.

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    1. 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.

    2. When will Dan Simmons come up with some original ideas? This latest is about a Lakota (Sioux) Indian named Paha Sapa (which means Black Hills) who has the psychic ability to read a person’s memories and get a glimpse of their future by touching them. After trying to count coup on a dying soldier at the Little Big Horn, he ends up with the spirit of George Custer inhabiting his consciousness. This puts Paha Sapa at odds with Crazy Horse, whose memories he also absorbs, and forces him to run awa [...]

    3. DNF due to absurd sex letters and boring bullshit. Easily one of Simmons's worst. Which is sad because the book isn't terrible all the time. But when it is terrible, holy shit, it's almost unreadable.

    4. The beauty of Dan Simmons is how well he transcends genre. Not content to just be a science-fiction novelist, or a horror novelist, or a crime novelist, or a historical ficiton novelist, he does a bit of dabbling in all of those genres. And that's the thing: he doesn't just dabble. He kicks each genre square in the ass. Simmons is such a damn fine writer that his work can be enjoyed as the beautiful works of art they are, regardless of the genre. In fact, the genre of each individual work is irr [...]

    5. I'm not sure why I finished listening to this but every time I thought I was at a dead end it would turn back onto Fascination Street. (Maybe not the same street The Cure sang about. That would require further tiresome research.)I love Simmons but, like his genres, my ratings are all over the place. This gets somewhere between one and five stars. At half the length of masterpieces like The Terror and The Abominable, it felt twice as long. He could have shaved a hundred pages by sticking with Eng [...]

    6. I loved the premise of this book, and Simmons delivers an absolutely brilliant story. Meticulous historical research, coupled with wonder and Native American magic make this novel a superb read. Highly recommended.

    7. Having demonstrated that he can write successfully in any genre he chooses, Simmons plainly wanted a greater challenge, so he decided to create his own: the historical horror/supernatural genre. The Terror and Drood showed just how ambitious an idea this is and neither is perfect. For this, his third entry in his own genre, Simmons makes his own life easier by not using the first person voice of a Brit and thus avoiding all the problems of writing British English when you are an American English [...]

    8. I am so glad I listened to the audiobook of Black Hills instead of trying to read it. It's so dense and convoluted that I don't think I would have made it through the print version. Plus, it was pretty cool listening to the two readers. The one who narrates all of Paha Sapa's experiences sounds like a Lakota. He does a great job with all the Lakota words and phrases that would have just fouled me up royally if I had been trying to read it. The reader who does Custer's ghost sounds sufficiently 1 [...]

    9. This sets the bar pretty high for the rest of the 2010 releases I read. It's also my first chance reading a Dan Simmons novel, and I think I'll be reading a lot more of his work in the years to come. This is a coming-of-age tale, with a love story, with a dash of the supernatural, and a kind of requiem for the Native American ancestry. I dare say anyone who reads this book will be contemplating it long after they've set it down.

    10. Three and a half stars.Black Hills is another intelligent marathon of a book by Dan Simmons. It's actually a bit shorter than his last two, The Terror and Drood, at 500+ pages. It is also not quite as good at his last two novels but still an entertaining and impressive read. In Black Hills, Ten year old Sioux Indian Paha Saba touches General Custer at Little Big horn at the time of Custer's death and causes the boy to be haunted by his spirit. The novel follows Paha Saba throughout his life culm [...]

    11. I'll still read everything Simmons writes, but this one was, for me, just OK. For the last few years I've marveled at Simmons' ability to write so much, so quickly, about such a range of topics. And yes, I understand that an author of Simmons' prominence will (may?) have a research assistant or two helping out. But at several times during Black Hills I was reminded of Mark Twain's apology to a friend that he wrote him a long letter "because he didn't have time to write a short one." There were p [...]

    12. Dan Simmons wrote my all-time favorite book, "Summer of Night." So why has it taken me so long to get to this one? I don't know- because I wasted a lot of time reading lesser writers when I could have been enjoying the spectacular epic story of Paha Sapa, Lakota. To be honest, I was dumb. I let the genre label "historical fiction" keep me away. I'm not necessarily "into" historical fiction, nor do I particularly seek out stories of Native Americans, so I finally picked this up for only one reaso [...]

    13. After reading most of the works the Dan Simmons has read, I have come to believe that he can do no wrong. I would read a grocery list if he published it. Every time I grab another one of his books, there are always those little quips at the beginning from authors and newspapers and other publications touting the book, but I have little faith in them because how many authors just have their publishers pay for that thing to be done? But all of Simmons's praise is deserved. All reviews by me on Sim [...]

    14. I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, the subject matter really isn't something that interests me. If this hadn't been a Dan Simmons novel there's no way I would have picked this up. On the other hand, the writing is spectacular. The characterizations are great, the prose is poetic and the history is fascinating. Even though I didn't care for the overall subject matter, I was completely caught up in the story just because of how well written it is. That pretty much sums up my thoug [...]

    15. This book was a real disappointment. Dan Simmons wrote one of my most favorite books ever: The Terror. Black Hills, on the other hand, seemed to go on and on, delving into detail no matter how trivial and not in service of forwarding the plot. I liked some of the characters well enough, and truly enjoyed the descriptions of what it was like living in Plains Indians' society before most tribes were killed off or forced onto reservations. As others have commented in reviews of this book, many of t [...]

    16. One of my favorite books by Dan Simmons. I love the mix of historical fiction and magical realism that he's been doing lately and this is maybe the best of the bunch. The historical subjects are probably what sets this one apart a bit from the others for me. I'm a bit of an American history buff so I really enjoyed reading about the Black Hills, the Lakota people, Custer, and Mount Rushmore.Like the last few Simmons books, I wasn't crazy about the ending. However, as a big Neal Stephenson fan, I [...]

    17. Simmons has reduced, effectively, from his recent 'war-and-peace' length works (Drood, The Terror). It's a beautiful novel, almost a great-american-novel contender, blends some classical themes and moves from dystopia to utopia-image with a compelling image of what could be for America.

    18. Maybe it's me.I haven't found any good long novels in a while--and maybe that's a me problem. Maybe I just don't like them anymore, even though I loved Dan Simmons' Terror and Summer of Night when I read them. Maybe. But I think there's enough problems with this story that it's the book's problem, not mine.In my experience, Simmons is an uneven writer. I still think of the Terror as one of my favorite stories. But I Carrion Comfort was an interesting novella stretched over 700 pages, A Winter's [...]

    19. The main problem with "Black Hills" is that it's not as flat-out sensational as Dan Simmons' previous two novels, "The Terror" and "Drood." The secondary problem is Simmons' growing tendency to show off his research. The first gripe probably is a little unfair (three five-star novels in a row would be a lot to ask), the second quite legitimate but an ultimately minor complaint in another strong book from a man who clearly has become an American master."Black Hills" has nowhere near the the knife [...]

    20. 3.5 StarsBlack Hills was a very interesting listen. It follows Paha Sapa a 10 year-old Sioux boy as he rides through the aftermath of the battle of Little Big Horn, to his time working on the construction of Mt. Rushmore, to his last days. Now interesting doesn't necessarily mean good or bad, it was different. The first thing to note is the time line of the story. It begins when he is 10 then the next chapter he is in his late 60's, then he is a man in his 20's. It took a few chapters to figure [...]

    21. Stretching from the years just after the Civil War until the years just before World War II, this amazing novel ties together several historical events into the life story of a Lakota Indian who, quite unusually for his people, was named after a place, Paha Sapa, the sacred Black Hills. The story opens when, as a 10-year-old who has followed the warriors and older boys to the battlefield, Paha Sapa finds himself inhabited by the spirit of General George Armstrong Custer at the moment he counts c [...]

    22. Dan Simmons shows his genius as a writer and researcher yet again in his 2010 novel "Black Hills." As told from the view point of Paha Sapa, a Lakota indian, who takes on the dying soul of General Custer, it journeys through the planning, sculpting, and lost funding of Mount Rushmore. Because it is told from the viewpoint of a Native American, it also goes into the history and take over of the plains indians in South Dakota. Dan Simmons has a way of writing that makes history come alive. It is c [...]

    23. Past, Present and Future collide during the construction of Mount Rushmore.On the day that General Custer was killed, a young Indian boy named Paha Sapa was also on the battle field. Seeking to claim glory and be counted as one of the warriors of the tribe the young Paha Sapa, his name means “Black Hills”, places his hands on General Custer at the moment of his death. Unknown to Paha Sapa at the time is that he has a special gift that allows him to occasionally “absorb” the memories and [...]

    24. In 2008, at a signing for Dan Simmons’ last incredible tome, Drood – as well as in an interview for BookBanter – the bestselling and award-winning author talked about his next novel in progress: the story about a young Native American boy, Paha Sapa, who is possessed by the spirit and soul of General Custer, who recently expired at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. It was a very unique sounding story, which is what Simmons does best, but I was certainly hesitant about the novel it wou [...]

    25. Dan Simmons wrote a wonderful book about the history of the Black Hills, the struggle for Native Americans, Custer's last stand, and the building of Mount Rushmore. I know I enjoyed the book because of my travels to the Black Hills when I was six. I learned more about the building of the monument through the writing of Dan Simmons, and I explored his accounts and found them to be spot on correct. Dan Simmons writes an amazing story of Paha Sapa and uses the background of history to weave a belie [...]

    26. I stuck this out because of my interest in Native Americans and the settlement of the west, but was I rewarded for my perseverance? No! Apparently Dan Simmons has many loyal fans--I gleaned this from reading some of the online reviews-- I will not be one of them. Regurgitated history combined with metaphysical speculation, cardboard cutout characters combined with an overly complicated plot-- how does this guy sell books? The highly imagined life of one Sioux, Paha Sapa ("Black Hills" in Lakota [...]

    27. I have to be honest. I almost gave up on Black Hills when General Custer began spewing his pornographic memoirs about his time with his wife, Libby. I got through them as mere interruptions to Paha Sapa's greater story, which was suspenseful, interesting, and, dare I say, educational. I expected something very different from Black Hills, since I first saw it in the bookstore in the Horror section. I wouldn't consider this novel as a tale of horror. Instead, I would classify it as historical fict [...]

    28. Very poor by Simmons' standards. I remember reading once that he likes to battle his editors to keep his books as close to his original vision as possible; this effort is proof that sometimes your editors know what they are talking about. There are far too many drawn out, ponderous passages that drain the will to continue reading out of you. Some of Simmons' writing here is very pompous indeed. The inclusion of Custer seems baffling, his only real part in the story was to add a 'Fifty Shades of [...]

    29. Simmons's previous novels The Terror (2007) and Drood (2009) meld historical figures and events to occult phenomena, and Black Hills follows a similar pattern. Here, Simmons fuses the triumph of American Western expansion and the marvels of early 20th-century science and engineering with Native American spirituality and mysticism. Simmons is a gifted storyteller whose meticulous research and evocative prose deftly transport readers to another time and place. However, the Christian Science Monito [...]

    30. A terrific, although bleak, story.The character Paha Sapa was wonderful, his woe and strife maybe hope he blew it all to bits. Custer was an awesome addition, the letters and memories with Libbie were a lot of fun. Bringing the ghosts out a bit, but never all the way kept the dynamic working.The description of America of the past through the eyes of someone not marveling over the unstoppable machine called progress was a fresh view (for the period anyway North America has come to hate progress a [...]

    31. I love Simmons but this book was tough to get through. It was well-written as usual but, where the historical aspect worked so well in The Terror and Drood, it mostly served just to drag the story to a grinding halt in many places and killed any flow that would start to develop. There was never any continuity in the book, and too often it felt as if I was getting nothing more than a history lesson instead of a movement of the plot. I have no problem with learning history in my fiction, but it ha [...]

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