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Endymion (original 1996; edition 1996)

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Title:Endymion
Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:Bantam (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 468 pages
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Set several hundred years after The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion relates the tale of Aenea, Raul, and A. Bettik as they journey through the much-changed worlds of the old Hegemony. The readers are surprised to discover that, after the fall of the Core and the AI overlords, things only became more dystopic, with the Catholic Church-led Pax taking over using the incredibly disturbing "cruciform" parasites introduced in the original book to allow its citizens to be "resurrected". Of course, the incredibly militaristic Pax has determined that Aenea, the daughter of one of the original Hyperion pilgrims who has time traveled to this era, is a deadly threat to their regime. Thus begins the chase. However, what I really enjoyed about this book was re-discovering the worlds we knew from the previous books, and how the downfall of the farcasters and the introduction of the Pax and its cruciform have changed them. Everything is steeped in mystery. Additionally, many of the characters are very relatable and likable, even the Pax captain sent to hunt down the fugitives. While the ending was certainly not the conclusion of the story, I felt that this book ended at a good turning-point place where the reader could feel some optimism. This book was a welcome change from the scattered action of the previous book. ( )
  Phrim | May 17, 2017 |
Endymion takes place 274 years after The Fall of Hyperion and yet Martin Silenus is still alive, thanks to life extension treatments called Poulsens. In truth, I was kind of glad to see the old bastard. As soon as the nameless character started using profanity I knew the old poet was back! But, let me start from the beginning. Raul Endymion is the first character we meet in Endymion. He is a hunting guide framed for, and convicted of, the murder of a wealthy client. After a ridiculous trial he is ultimately sentenced (read: framed) to die. Only he does not die. He has been "saved" from execution in order to do Martin Silenus a favor. Well, more than a few favors:

  1. Save this one child, Aenea, from the Swiss Guard and the Pax

  2. Keep Aenea safe until she becomes old enough to be The One Who Teaches

  3. Find Earth and bring it back (back from where, I don't know)

  4. Stop the TechnoCore from its activities

  5. Convince the Ousters to give Martin real immortality and not this life support crap

  6. Destroy the Pax and put an end to the Church's power

  7. Stop the Shrike...ah, the Shrike is back!


At the same time Raul is attempting to complete his honeydew list, the resurrection of Father Captain de Soya is also playing out. His story isn't half as interesting as Raul's, but he's also after the future One Who Teaches so their stories run parallel to one another and intersect from time to time. A real cat and mouse thriller, only it's hard to determine who is the real mouse and who is the cat. And, if I thought all the dying and resurrection in Fall of Hyperion was crazy, that's nothing compared to how many times Father Captain de Soya is "reborn." Don't worry. You get used to it. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 22, 2017 |
200 years after the end of Fall of Hyperion. Follows Raul Endymion, entrusted by Martin Silenus to guard Aenea, the next 'chosen one' who also happens to be the daughter of Lamia and the cybrid Keats. The Shrike seems to be her protector also. Turns out the TechnoCore is still controlling humanity through the improved Cruciforms, allowing eternal" life to any willing to submit to the Pax/Church." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not as good as Hyperion, better than Fall of Hyperion. Looking forward to the last book in the series. ( )
  thefamousmoe | May 1, 2016 |
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
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Two hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the WorldWeb in Fall of Hyperion, Raoul Endymion is sent on a quest. Retrieving Aenea from the Sphinx before the Church troops reach her is only the beginning. With help from a blue-skinned android named A. Bettik, Raoul and Aenea travel the river Tethys, pursued by Father Captain Frederico DeSoya, an influential warrior-priest and his troops. The shrike continues to make enigmatic appearances, and while many questions were raised in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, still more are raised here. Raoul's quest will continue in at least one more volume.

This series has something for everyone: Simmons's prose is imaginative and stylistically varied; point-of-view and time-scale are handled with finesse; the action is always gripping; the device of Old Earth allows Simmons to work in entertaining references to present-day culture; and the technology raises bizarre questions of ethics and morality in its use of repeated death and resurrection.

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An adventure story set in a universe ruled by a church which rewards obedience from its citizenry by dispensing resurrection. The story centers on Raul Endymion, a woodsman from the planet Hyperion, given the task of finding the planet Earth which mysteriously disappeared. By the author of The Fall of Hyperion.… (more)

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