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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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Three and a half but in parts five stars. Dan Simmons can be great but there is a a kind of cruelty or brutality in his writing that sometimes puts me off. There are brilliant, imaginative conceits here, but a certain flatness to most of the characters. Must give him credit, however, for this being one of the few SF novels inspired by the Canterbury Tales. ( )
  crosbyp | Nov 14, 2015 |
The first book of a series. Published in 1989 and a Hugo winner that year. It is a frame story, that is like The Canterbury Tales where a group of pilgrims are traveling on a pilgrimage and tell their stories on the way. The setting is the 28th century and man has populated the galaxy traveling by "Hawking drive" and then through "farcasters". The story occurs on multiple time levels. The pilgrimage is to the Time Tombs and guarded by the Shrike and the cult, the Church of the Final Atonement. The legend is that only one person on the pilgrimage will die and the remaining pilgrim will be granted a wish. There is also a war about to occur with the Ousters and one of the pilgrims is an Ouster agent. The pilgrims are The Consul (a former govenor of Hyperion) Lenar Hoyt (A Roman Catholic Priest), Fedmahn Kassad, A colonel in the Hegemony Of Man's FORCE military, he is from Mars, Brawne Lamia, she is a private detective, Het Masteen a Templar, Martin Silenus, incredibly old foul mouthed poet and Sol Weintraub a Jewish Scholar. The story really is quite complicated. I listened to the audio. It was well done but really, a person must read more to really have any resolution in this story. I read this because it was on NPR-Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. I thought the characters were interesting and would like to know what happens to them. Its why I don't like series. ( )
1 vote Kristelh | Nov 14, 2015 |
Very slow start ( )
  SLHobbs | Sep 2, 2015 |
Hyperion sets the golden standard for space, time and AI related fiction, the same way as Lord of the Rings does for elves, swords and magic. Perhaps it will get the glory it deserves after a good movie adaptation.

It creates such a huge, detailed, completely fantastic but internally consistent and believable world, it just blows your mind. It reveals this world through the eyes of several very different characters, from very different walks of life. You are bound to relate to some of them.

There will be interesting world mechanics, breath-taking action, as well as deep personal drama. The whole series is worth reading, but this first book hits the hardest.

My only complaint about this book is one sex scene that could be less explicit if you ask me. This, and some romanticizing of pain and death, restricts the lower age bound to which I can recommend the book. But this doesn't detract from the overall great impression.

If you love sci-fi, this has a chance to become your favorite book. If you are unfamiliar or skeptical about the genre, this book will give it a fair judgement. ( )
  valdanylchuk | Aug 26, 2015 |
Amazing storyrytelling in this book, weaving the present and the past as the stories are told. I loved how we get a lot of worldbuilding in the voices of stories past, and as each story is told, a different view of the status quo of the universe is presented to us.

***Potential Spoilers****

The ending was great, although it doesn't really close all the story threads in a way it closes the main story at a point of great potential, where everything is still possible. This being a series of books, it makes complete sense to close this part of the cycle rigth there. But I was so mad it took me several minutes to calm down and enjoy it. ( )
  gedece | Jul 27, 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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