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review 2017-05-28 09:31
Hyperion
Hyperion (SF Masterworks) - Dan Simmons

It´s been about a week since I finished Hyperion and since I cannot stop thinking about this book I´m changing my initial star rating from 4 stars to 4,5 stars. Because who am I kidding, I absolutely loved this book and it might become a five star read upon a reread (which will happen at some point).

 

Hyperion tells the story of seven people, who are on a pilgrimage to the planet Hyperion in order to seek out the mysterious time tombs, where the mystical called the Shrike resides. Every pigrim has a wish that he is asking of the Shrike to get fulfilled. But only one wish gets fulfilled, while the other six pilgrims have to die. In order to prepare for the encounter with the Shrike, each pilgrim tell the stories of their lives, not knowing that the fate of humanity might lie in their hands.

 

The reader basically gets seven different stories wrapped up in one book, six of the pilgrims story and the overall story arc of the pilgrimage and the impending intergalatic war, which is looming on the horizon and probably is the main premise of the second book in the series. And everyone of these stories were really good, some of them were even breathtakingly beautiful, haunting or sad and some of them will stick with me for a very long time. There were only two stories that fell a little bit short for me, but they were by no means bad, they weren´t just as good as the other ones. My personal ranking of the pilgrims stories is:

 

1. The Priest´s tale

2. The Scholar´s Tale

3. The Detective´s tale

4. The Consul´s tale

5. The Poet´s tale

6. The Soldier´s tale

(spoiler show)

 

The thing that strucks me most is how Dan Simmons manages to give every story it´s distinctive style and how he uses the stories to slowly reveal the worldbuildung to the reader. At the beginning you don´t know exactly what going on, but as the story progresses you slowly realise what is happening in the universe of the Hegemony and that there is so much more at stake than the personal grievances of the characters. 

 

It´s my second book by Dan Simmons (I read The Terror years ago) and there is something about his beautiful, haunting and engaging writing style that makes his books compulsively readable.

I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, simply because I want to spend more time with these characters and the fascinating world Simmons has created.

 

I´ve read this book for the Tomorrowland 33 space and it is tagged as science fiction on GR.

 

Page count: 473 pages

Money earned: $5.00

 

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text 2017-05-17 19:44
Reading progress update: I've read 251 out of 473 pages.
Hyperion (SF Masterworks) - Dan Simmons

 I´m really enjoying this book so far.

 

I have finished the first three pilgrim stories. The first story has been wonderfully creepy, the second one is definitely not my favorite and the third one has been utterly weird (and kind of fun). I like that every story is totally different in style and content from one another.

 

 

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text 2017-05-14 11:16
Reading progress update: I've read 8%.
Hyperion (SF Masterworks) - Dan Simmons

On Hyperion there is a flame forest, which comprises of tesla trees. I don´t know anything more specific about the forest yet, but this sounds so awesome.

 

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text 2017-04-26 06:51
I Just Can't Resist a Bargain
The Fifth Heart - Dan Simmons
Black Hills - Dan Simmons
Flashback - Dan Simmons

Oh dear, I've been at it again and I don't even have the excuse that I have had a bad week but, well, how could I resist when they have been on my radar for so long and have now been reduced £4.97 altogether? NO MORE! That's it, I've bought enough!

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text 2017-04-22 20:55
My 99p eBook Haul or Don't Look at Books When You Have Had a Bad Week!
The Witchfinder's Sister - Beth Underdown
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney
Our Endless Numbered Days - Claire Fuller
Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
The Light of the Fireflies - Simon Bruni,Paul Pen
Carrion Comfort - Dan Simmons
Black Hills - Dan Simmons

So, a while back I promised myself I wouldn't succumb to the £0.99 temptation and I would only buy reduced books if they were on my tbr. Well, I was doing really well until...I had a bad week. Let's face it, other people buy shoes and handbags when they feel they need a boost but we buy books. Not that I need them, my physical bookshelves are full to bursting - I have had to start storing books in a (dangerous) third row as two deep just doesn't hack it - my kindle is full of freebies and deals I never will read and even my kobo, which I swore faithfully to myself would mainly be used to borrow books from overdrive, is slowly filling up with unread (but very good and mostly cheap) books. What can I say? I stand up now and confess:

"My name is Julie, I'm a bookaholic" (but I can stop anytime I like, it's just I have these books reserved at the library...)

 

Edit: I might as well go the whole hog and buy two more. I've added Carrion Comfort and Black Hills to my Kobo, I like Dan Simmons and I've wanted to read them for a while, I'm ruined anyway.

 

Oh dear, I'm depressed now, I wonder what's on offer at Amazon...

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