I've found this a lot with Simmons' books - however great they seem first time round, they are much less interesting once you already know what's coming. The Shrike by way of his followers invites seven humans on a pilgrimage to visit him (yes, this is a homage, to the Canterbury Tales). Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published My favourite book of all time. Of course, elements of the Crusades are woven into Endymion, in my opinion, the Spanish Inquisition, maybe a host of other allusions to religious events. He thought they were too verbose, too much exposition, too many details for the sake of details. I am looking for a book (maybe series) that talks at some point about a woman with scythes for hands? And some Terry Goodkind parodies too, HyperionThe Fall of HyperionEndymionThe Rise of Endymion. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Feb 08, 2011 Kemper rated it it was amazing. Richer in characters, story, circumstances, with fantastic imagery, one can only imagine how Syfy intends on adapting the first book into a mini-series event. 11. The book is a beautiful masterpiece, capturing characters with depth and events on a grand scale, and all written before the advent of the internet (datasphere). The Shrike is part Holy Ghost, part Angel of Death, part Judgment, part Executioner, and for Aenea, a Guardian Angel. I'd still recommend reading the entire series through once, just because the scope and ideas are so dazzling, but don't expect it to hold up to multiple readings. Thanks for giving me the opportunity! If you have read the first three books of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy, then you should read these books. As I spent the day considering how to present a decent book review for these four books, I decided to begin… A very mixed group of travellers from all over Simmons's far-future universe meet in a pilgrimage to the world of Hyperion… I should say immediately that I think this should be read in the Omnibus version, including The Fall of Hyperion. Yes, Dan gets really involved in what his characters do. Fabulous novel. And not simply interstellar travel aboard starships but also the ability to farcast, using a device called, coincidentally enough, a farcaster. So, hop on Amazon today, or tomorrow, find some used copies, or new – whatever suits you, and read the books before Syfy develops the mini-series. This seemed like a good excuse. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I think you are correct in how you might feel after reading the Endymion books. When people rave about this book they should really mention that it doesn't have a real ending! I found Hyperion to be the kind of book I hope every book will be when I first crack it open. And no, I meant tramp, not trump. Best Book Dan Simmons Will Write In His Lifetime -- Science Fiction Literature, Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2012. Also, I had predicted the largest parts of the ending to the novel about 3 or 4 hundred pages before it was done (and I’m really not at all good at figuring out how books will end). These stories are, individually, mind-blowingly good - in concert, they are little short of breathtaking. The structure of Hyperion is an homage to the Caterbury Tales. It's too long by half, rambles, digresses, adds meaningless characters, and confuses the reader too many loose ends, plot twists and unanswered questions. Apr. Islam recognizes the Old and New Testaments, adding their Qu’ran as the final book in Muslims consider their Holy Trilogy of doctrinal works. Now the Catholic church is the evil villain and the Ousters are still referred to as the enemy? And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands. HYPERION lt is the 29th century and the universe of the Human Hegemony is under threat. Reblogged this on Comic Shop Stories and commented: Once in a while I do a book review. Each story is, of course, much more interesting and involved than that, but I don’t want to spoil the most interesting parts for people who have not read the book! (Note: this review is for the "Fall of Hyperion") As it is reasonable to say that every SF reader would definitely not mind, but on the contrary would immensely enjoy the first novel in the Hyperion series being at least one third longer, it is as well reasonable to say that the second novel in the Hyperion series would be much more enjoyable were it at least one third shorter. It introduces a new character who has the ability to dream about what is happening to the Hyperion pilgrims. You have made me think twice about reading any further though, or reading Illium. Re-Reading Hyperion Cantos. These pilgrims fully become disciples of a young woman, Aenea, in the third and fourth books. The second book doesn't have the same creative and structured storytelling of the first book, but covers a lot of ground while explaining … (6 of 5 stars) The best Space opera I have read and one of the top two sci-fi books (series) all categories. But as the gripping individual tales went on, I realized that the point was to get these small glimpses about the mythology and piece it all together slowly. I really think Dan had the Old and New Testament in mind when he developed these books. Very good but a bit confusing toward the end. As the pilgrims reach the time tombs, the first book ends, right in the middle of everything. Reading these two novels (published in one volume) was something of an emotional rollercoaster. But with civilizations growing and changing in desert planets, ocean worlds, jungle lands, mountains regions, the expanding universe goes on forever how can any rule ? To summarise my thoughts, one word... outstanding. Possibly Rise of Endymion, the final book in the Hyperion Cantos. In the days before Ilium, Dan Simmons was my super-duper number one favourite author of all time, and the main reason for this was Hyperion. I feel like 97% of fantasy reader hate that series. In this book we learn more about what’s going on in the larger universe instead of focusing exclusively on the pilgrims. I seem to be getting more time to read in now, though. It is an amazing piece of lit that just can't be explained in a review. These comments harken back to a quote by Arthur C. Clarke, who is credited with stating, “Any technology sufficiently advanced will seem as magic.” Much of the science Simmons integrates into they Hyperion Cantos does not exist, not yet, though many physicists speculate the types of energy and circumstances found in the books exist in some form or fashion. Hyperion managed to do a wonderful thing in that it melded science and religion as being able to exist together instead of the tired trope of more leftist authors who try and abolish faith as stupid or supplant it with science as religion.Fall of Hyperion was setup for an easy grandslam after Hyperion, and the start was actually very intriguing. It ought not to be, but it does exist. Not only do we see as readers why things happened the way they did, but in a sense we see planning and research Simmons must have undertaken to build at least two great books. On the world called Hyperion a strange, frightening looking being lives the Shrike, some hate it others love all fear, and many want to kill the creature animal or machine, no one knows in the valley of the Time Tombs, huge structures ( some kind of time travel device, quite incomprehensible) the evil thing kills without mercy or feeling, but a cult evolves from this ruthless entity, the bizarre "church" has many shrines around the empire ... Now war against merciless barbarians Ousters, descendants from Earthlings living outside the Hegemony is about to begin, faster than light speed transportation has been achieved, total destruction is now possible, billions can be slaughtered by unseen powerful weapons only dreamed of, by their ancestors. Christianity has adopted the Hebrew books of the Old Testament, is founded upon the parables, fables, and letters of the New Testament. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. But, Hyperion is no simple planet, the Time Tombs no mere burial chambers, and the pilgrims themselves are not simple people. (Okay, not really) I’m just not liking anything! The use of the word 'masterpiece' is perhaps often over used but I personally hold no reservations at all in saying that this is without doubt a MASTERPIECE. To see what your friends thought of this book. And so it goes.”, “It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.”, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1990), British Science Fiction Association Award Nominee for Best Novel (1992), SF Chronicle Award Nominee for Best Novel (1990), Chesley Award Nominee for Hardback cover (2013), Seiun Award 星雲賞 for Best Foreign Novel (1995). The book is a beautiful masterpiece, capturing characters with depth and events on a grand scale, and all written before the advent of the internet (datasphere). Modern Sci-Fi classic. I really believe these books are written to be read more than once. It has some great stories; but they're just stories, there is not a great deal of meaning embedded in them. I liked the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. What is the Shrike? If you have read the first 3 or 4 Dune titles by Frank Herbert, you should read these books. And, if Syfy thinks Hyperion will be easier, all I can say is, Get real. While fables tend to be short, the Hyperion Cantos is not, more along the lines of the Iliad, Odyssey, combined with elements of the Old and New Testament, with moderate quantities of Ecclesiastical History. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. However, although I got lost a couple of times in this long series, The Fall of Hyperion proved to be worth the effort. If you have not read the Hyperion Cantos and consider yourself a science fiction aficionado, a fan of science fiction, you should invest in these books. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. It was time for a lighter read since I just finished the four books in Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos (Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion). The philosophical musings of Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin are frequently referenced, writings of the naturalist John Muir figure prominently, as well as engineering prodigy Norbert Wiener.
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