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Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Dan Simmons

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Hyperion is the tale of seven people who make a pilgrimmage to a terrifying creature called the Shrike in an attempt to save mankind.
Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:Spectra (1990), Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

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Worst book ever! I may never want to read another book ever because this book was so bad ( )
  Shack70 | Feb 23, 2020 |
Wonderful book. Abrupt ending. ( )
  thecolorblack | Jan 21, 2020 |
Not sure if I'll read the sequel......... ( )
  ko40370 | Jan 10, 2020 |
Hyperion is an interesting book that builds up an interestingly crafted and somewhat mysterious universe, but ultimately leaves the reader wanting.

I like a book to touch on interesting, philosophical topics or present an interesting perspective on human nature, which Hyperion does. I like characters to be well developed, which Hyperion was ... okay at. Through the first 2/3rds of the book, Hyperion creates an interesting world, a bit unbelievable at times, but that is forgivable.

(Minor spoilers ahead)

Hyperion shows a universe filled with a nearly magical array of technology and a society spread through almost a whole arm of the galaxy. Despite being able to step through portals to cross light-years, humans are stagnant, relying on their existing technology to get them by, but with a beast on the loose in their midst. We get to hear about the world through the stories told by the pilgrims on their way to sacrifice themselves.

If the build-up in expectation and intrigue paid off in the end, it would be a great book. Unfortunately, in the end, I was left anticipating a conclusion that never materializes. I wanted to like this book, and I did for most of it, but I couldn't help but be disappointed in the end.
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  EliotJK | Jan 10, 2020 |
It might've been overhyped. Potential retroactive 4/5 if Fall of Hyperion is any good.

By the way,

If you know what I mean. ( )
  sigma16 | Dec 5, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dan Simmonsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ahokas, JuhaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevine, VictorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, AllysonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pariseau, KevinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruddell, GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snyder, JayNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vietor, MarcNarratorsecondary 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
while flying to strange planet.
First book in series.

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