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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
Collections:Your library, novels
Tags:read in 2013, 1989, my neckbeard is longer than yours

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Hyperion by Dan Simmons (1989)

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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 |
Probably one of the best sci fi books I have ever read. I loved the feeling of Canterbury Tales, and this takes that theme and does amazing things with it. The mystery of Hyperion draws you in so much, but the best is all the stories of how each character got to Hyperion. Every story always feels like there isn't a way it could be connected, but it comes around in such an interesting and original way back to Hyperion. The way it is written is also so well done. When a character is telling their story, you can see the difference in the way they tell it and the words they use based on who they are. Truly a masterpiece! ( )
  renbedell | Mar 17, 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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