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Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (original 1989; edition 1990)

by Dan Simmons

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Authors:Dan Simmons
Info:Spectra (1990), Mass Market Paperback, 481 pages
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

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I really liked this book, but I thought it was stand-alone. So I expected the story to end, and it didn't, so that was somewhat disappointing. I liked most of the stories (a group of 7 pilgrims to the Shrike tell each other why they wanted to go on this journey) and I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to like the poet, so that I didn't like his story so much is understandable. Most of the other stories were intriguing, slowly shedding light on the mysteries, but the story of the scholar I could really connect with, possibly because it is the most emotional story of the bunch. I understand why all the others want to take part in the pilgrimage, but I can live with them not getting what they want. I really really hope, though that Sol Weintraub, the scholar, gets his wish granted. I suppose all of this was intentional, since all the other characters dislike the poet right along with me, and the consul joins me in my wish for the scholar at the end of the book.

So, I give it 4 stars because I liked it and thought it well done so far, but in all fairness, Hyperion is not really a book, it is quite clearly half of a book, so my final judgement will have to wait until I have read part 2... ( )
  zjakkelien | Jul 19, 2015 |
I gave up. Did I miss anything? ( )
  EnsignRamsey | Jun 1, 2015 |
Hyperion is a tour-de-force, its many awards well-deserved. It's The Canterbury Tales in space, with six individuals, compelled on pilgrimage, take turns telling their stories. The format allows Dan Simmons to explore not only a number of genres--from love story to hard-boiled detective (because there's a poet numbered among the pilgrims, there's also poetry)--but through them, a number of issues as well, from the notion of free-will, to the ravages of empire, to time-paradoxes. And throughout there is an ongoing mystery. What's the pilgrimage really all about? What awaits them at the end?

Without offering any spoilers, I'll only say this: although I'm perfectly satisfied living with the mysteries, there's a reason this book has several sequels.

And although Hyperion follows the design of The Canterbury Tales, it's not Chaucer about whom I wished I knew more about in reading the book, but John Keats. Keats is an important referent in the book ("Hyperion" itself being the name of one of his works), and I felt I might have been missing a number of Keats puns/references because my knowledge of the Romantics is so wanting.

So Keats aficionados--you might find special enjoyment here! ( )
  kvrfan | Apr 25, 2015 |
Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
absolutely tantalising read. brilliantly written ( )
  nmg1 | Mar 20, 2015 |
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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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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.

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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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