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review 2018-01-05 17:06
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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text 2017-12-07 17:25
Reading progress update: I've listened 427 out of 1244 minutes.
Hyperion - Dan Simmons,Allyson Johnson,Marc Vietor,Kevin Pariseau

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.


Rolling Eyes - Lucille, Arrested Development



I really dislike this disgusting storyline and I´m glad when I´m done with it.



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review 2017-07-04 01:56
Good start
Hyperion - Dan Simmons

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

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review 2017-05-28 09:31
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

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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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