I still haven´t gotten around to reading the sequel to Hyperion and it´s been some time since I read this book. So I decided to listen to full cast narrated audiobook. The narration is excellent and it´s been a joy to listen to the seven stories told by seven different voices.
I have to say, though, that I had some slight problems with some of the stories, especially the soldier´s and the poet´s tale.
As I have said before, the soldier´s tale is torture porn, disgusting and boring filth. I liked the story of the poet´s tale, but it´s full of profanities, a thing which I can hardly tolerate in the books I am reading. But apparently my eyes can do something which my ears cannot do: they can glaze over (I haven´t learned to shut off my ears just yet). I didn´t realize how awful these stories (especially the soldier´s tale) were, until I listened to them.
The detective´s tale and the consul´s tale aren´t my favourites, but I didn´t mind reading them. I liked the consul´s tale better than the detective´s tale, because the concept of time debt is an interesting one and because the fighting scenes in the detective´s tale were a tedious thing to listen to (One thing I learned from listening to this audiobook: I don´t like listening to battle and fighting scenes).
I loved the priest´s and the scholar´s tale. The scholar´s tale is heartbreaking and I can´t wait to see how Saul Weintraub´s story plays out in The Fall of Hyperion. The priest´s tale is the first story that is getting told and it´s terrifying and creepy. I really like the narrative style of this story and the Tesla trees are awesome.
On my first read I gave Hyperion 4,5 stars, but I´m changing it to 3,5 stars. I started The Fall of Hyperion today and I´m curious where the story is going from here
Wow, this last book in the series was packed full of action and so good! I mean it starts off fast and doesn't slow till the very end as the Campers take on Kronos. There are a few disgruntled Campers who refuse to fight at first but everyone has their place and time in the battle.
Percy and his friend are doing their best to protect Manhattan where Olympus is because the gods are off fighting other battles which is what Kronos wants. Typhon is causing a huge storm over the midwest and that is where most of the gods are and to normal humans it just looks like a huge and deadly storm not a huge monster.
Percy is worried about making the wrong decisions as everyone thinks he is the hero that will either let Olympus fall or he will save it. He has a lot on his shoulders but the ending was surprising and it was interesting to see what happens to everyone in the end.
As much as I love Percy and Annabelle I think Tyson and Grover will be my favorites from this series! They both just make me laugh especially Tyson! He was so brave!!
I don't want to say a lot about what happened cause it would be horrible to spoil this really good book ending! So just know that I really enjoyed this series and if you haven't tried it yet you really should!! I can't wait to try some more of this author's series now that I got this one done.
On my first read I liked Fedmahn Kassad´s story the least and this hasn´t changed. But only now on my reread / relisten I realise that his story is military torture porn insterspersed by passages where he is "making love" to a total stranger.
I really dislike this disgusting storyline and I´m glad when I´m done with it.
Synopsis: On the eve of an interstellar apocalypse, 7 pilgrims journey to the planet Hyperion, to meet the Shrike; a creature that moves backward in time and kills the pilgrims who seek it. On their journey each one tells their story of what brought them to that point.
I have mixed feelings about this book. Its slow going, and most of the stories take awhile to get going. There's very little action of any sort, and the deeper concepts may fly over some heads. It has some good twists, however, and the characters are filled out well. My main gripe with it has been that it ends without resolving the major plot points. I'm assuming this will be fixed in the sequel (The Fall of Hyperion), but I still found it rather annoying.
Rating *** 1/2