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Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (1989)

by Dan Simmons

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Series: Hyperion Cantos (1)

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A little slow to start, but it picks up quickly. Seven people are on a pilgrimage to the Time Tombs, a strange location that goes backwards through time and a mysterious being called the Shrike. Each of the seven are tied to the Shrike or the Tombs, and they tell their stories as they journey towards the tombs.

Each story feels different (the soldier's is more action oriented, the investigator is more noir, etc) giving some variety to the book as a whole. Hyperion ends on a cliffhanger, just before finding out how much all the characters' tales pull together. ( )
  Cerelin | Aug 22, 2018 |
I nearly abandonned this. I stuck with it but only by speedreading and skipping lots of detail. Sadly it finishes on a cliffhanger and there's no way I can bear to read the next one. So I'll have to use community reviews to find out what happened.... The ideas are great and the detail does paint a great picture of future worlds so I can see why it is necessary - but it was all too dry and dated for me. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | May 27, 2018 |
Shrug. It's half a book. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
Well, this certainly raises the bar for any science fiction, or really, any fiction at all that I read from now on in. Hyperion is a collection of six science fiction stories framed around a pilgrimage to Hyperion’s mysterious Time Tombs, the land of the horrific Shrike. Each of the pilgrim’s narrative of how they came to be there and the request they have to make of the Shrike reveals, bit by bit, something about the Shrike itself and the impetus behind a fast-approaching galactic war. Where this abruptly ends. But, even without any sense of closure and a pretty hefty hook to continue with the series, the six stories alone make this an outstanding read. ( )
  wandaly | Dec 3, 2017 |
Distant future sci-fi where-in one of the many many world that is inhabited by humans contains a temple to a terrifying being called the Shrike, who is maybe possibly going to bring about the end of everything? Possibly maybe? The story follows the (last) pilgrimage to the Shrike's temple, and Canterbury Tales-like, each of the pilgrims tells their tale. Some of the tales told make up some of the best sci-fi I've read while some of them fell flat for me. I was compelled forward through the narrative by wanting to know just what the hecking frell was going on, but by the end of the book I was a little weary of the whole enterprise and ready to be done. That is partially just a function of my tendency to dislike stories told in this way (episodic fiction makes me twitch) and partially because Simmons's love of body horror wears me down pretty fast. I don't think the book, objectively, is too long. The end, in which the pilgrims head together toward their fate (whatever that may be) and in which we do not learn what the hecking frell was going on, left me pretty dissatisfied. I see why a lot of people love this book. I was intrigued and largely impressed, but ultimately I didn't love it. There are more in the series. I'm not sure I'll ever convince myself to read them. ( )
  lycomayflower | Oct 24, 2017 |
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Dan Simmonsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ahokas, JuhaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevine, VictorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruddell, GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony of his ebony spaceship and played Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-Sharp Minor on an ancient but well-maintained Steinway while great, green, saurian things surged and bellowed in the swamps below. (Prologue)
The Consul awoke with a peculiar headache, dry throat, and sense of having forgotten a thousand dreams which only periods in cryogenic fugue could bring.
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Several translations of the Hyperion series were published as multiple volumes There are no equivalent English volumes. Do not combine these with any works other than the equivalent partial volume in another language.

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Pilgrims share secrets
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553283685, Mass Market Paperback)

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. Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:37 -0400)

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On the night before Armageddon, seven people set out on a pilgrimage to Hyperion's Valley of the Time Tombs, where the creature Shrike awaits them.

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