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text 2018-07-27 16:54
The Fall of Hyperion / Dan Simmons
The Fall of Hyperion - Dan Simmons

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing--nothing anywhere in the universe--will ever be the same.

 

This was by no means a bad book, but it just didn’t grab me the way the first one did. I really enjoyed the first book’s “Canturbury Tales” structure and the way Simmons wove the tales tightly together. The second book is a more traditional novel complete with war, a topic which doesn’t thrill me. It is in some ways tied together by the John Keats cybrid, who narrates his vision of what is happening, but the amount of POV hopping was challenging for me.

I did appreciate the wide field of interests that Simmons must have—of course, Keats’ poetry is referenced a lot. In fact it is his epic poem, Hyperion, which provides much of the structure for these two of Simmons books. Stephen Hawking is honoured by the Hawking drive used in the space ships. John Muir’s environmental philosophy is acknowledged in the Templars, on their planet God’s Grove.

Echoing the Canturbury Tales, there is a priest’s tale and the involvement of the Catholic Church. I am always surprised at the inclusion of religion (and often Catholicism) in science fiction set in the far future, as I don’t feel the Church is all that relevant even today, let alone hundreds of years from now. The emphasis on the presence of gods, either evolved from human consciousness or constructed by powerful artificial intelligences, didn’t interest me all that much, despite its pivotal role in the novel.

There is another connection to the Wizard of Oz movie, when the Consul at the book’s end plays “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and teaches the words to some of his fellow pilgrims. (In the first book, they sang “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” if I recall correctly).

My absolute favourite reference, however, was when one of the Artificial Intelligences makes a speech in the Hegemony in which he says, “It pains the Core to take any human life…or through inaction, allow any human life to come to harm.” What a great tribute to Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics, from which the Core AIs have obviously been liberated during their evolution! And of course, the Core represents human creation run amok, a frequent theme in science fiction.


What I found truly impressive was Simmons’ writing in 1990 about a World Web, to which citizens were connected at all times using comlink devices! Remember, this was before our World Wide Web was really much of a thing and well before smart phones which could keep people connected almost all the time. Simmons seems rather prescient about our current reliance on these devices, to the extent that some people in the novel are made anxious and/or mentally unstable when their access to the Web is cut off.

There is so much more going on in this novel—exploration of time travel and its paradoxes, the nature of the Shrike, the choices faced by the Hegemony (shades of Card’s Ender’s Game), the nature of the Ousters. It must have been difficult for the author to keep all of those balls in the air!

Book number 291 in my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.

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review 2018-07-27 06:14
The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Fall of Hyperion - Dan Simmons

Synopsis: Against a backdrop of interstellar war and looming apocalypse, the drama of seven pilgrims on a hopeless mission expands.

 

Review: I fucking loved this book. The first book dragged a bit, and didn't really answer the questions that I had so I was a little hesitant about getting to the second one. Honestly, I think Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion probably should have been one book. The first one just ended so abruptly. The second book answered the questions I had, expanded the plot and the scope, and revealed more about the characters while introducing new ones.

 

At the end of Hyperion all of the pilgrims were about to meet the Shrike, and I expected each of them to meet some of grisly end one by one in the sequel. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not so, as each character is woven seamlessly into a complicated and elegantly engineered plot line that explains why each of them is there.

 

I loved the way that Simmons throws subjects like quantum physics, time travel paradoxes, AI, even a little theology and makes it work. I'm enthralled, can't wait to get to the next book, Endymion, although I'm not sure when that will be.

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review 2018-05-21 05:24
Hyperion (Hyperion, #1) - Dan Simmons

This is a book 0f many smaller stories compiled into one larger story structured like Chaucer's Cantebury Tales. I don't think I can add anything that other excellent reviewers haven't already said. I loved this book and I think you will too.

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review 2018-01-05 17:06
Hyperion
Hyperion - Dan Simmons,Allyson Johnson,Marc Vietor,Kevin Pariseau

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

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review 2017-12-13 16:28
Great ending!
By Rick Riordan: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5) - -Disney Hyperion Books for Children-

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. 

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