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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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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 |
A very good book. It's longer than any of the books I have read lately, but I finished it quite quickly because it was so interesting and well written. ( )
  nebula21 | Mar 4, 2015 |
Even reading it for the 5th time since '02, this book still is awesome and awe-inspiring. I don't know how Simmons has the magic to weave such a powerful tale, but I'm glad to be alive to read it. ( )
  fabooj | Feb 3, 2015 |
Hyperion has a gimmick, but it's a great one. It is structured like the Canterbury Tales, with each character telling nested personal stories within the greater narrative. It works beautifully.

The Story

On the remote planet Hyperion the legend of the Shrike tells that one of every seven pilgrims will have their wish granted by the mysterious and powerful creature, but those who are denied their boon will be impaled on a tree of thorns to suffer forever without dying.

Who would make such a journey and beg a favor from such an awful monster? An alcoholic poet whose life has spanned centuries, and whose masterwork remains unfinished. A young Catholic priest, who carries the painful legacy of a mentor. A private investigator still working a dead client's case, a weary veteran seeking lost love and vengeance, an elderly Jewish professor carrying his ailing infant daughter, the captain of a spacefaring tree-ship, and an old diplomat brought out of retirement to discover the truth about this Shrike creature, and whether one of the pilgrims is a traitorous revolutionary. ( )
  wishanem | Jan 27, 2015 |
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Ahokas, JuhaTranslatorsecondary 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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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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