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Endymion Hardcover – Feb 15 1996

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  • Hardcover: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (Feb. 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747205256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747205258
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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Two hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the WorldWeb in Fall of Hyperion, Raoul Endymion is sent on a quest. Retrieving Aenea from the Sphinx before the Church troops reach her is only the beginning. With help from a blue-skinned android named A. Bettik, Raoul and Aenea travel the river Tethys, pursued by Father Captain Frederico DeSoya, an influential warrior-priest and his troops. The shrike continues to make enigmatic appearances, and while many questions were raised in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, still more are raised here. Raoul's quest will continue in at least one more volume.

This series has something for everyone: Simmons's prose is imaginative and stylistically varied; point-of-view and time-scale are handled with finesse; the action is always gripping; the device of Old Earth allows Simmons to work in entertaining references to present-day culture; and the technology raises bizarre questions of ethics and morality in its use of repeated death and resurrection. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After a recent foray into the horror field (Fires of Eden, LJ 11/15/94), the multitalented Simmons returns to the sf genre with a sequel to the Hugo Award-winning Hyperion (Doubleday, 1989) and The Fall of Hyperion (LJ
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By _ on June 27 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dan Simmons' third installment in the Hyperion series, "Endymion," is hardly comparable to the previous two. No longer do we have the broad, sweeping storytelling from the Hyperion Cantos, but instead, we are presented with a relatively narrow plot following the adventures of a couple characters. Rather than a sci-fi version of the "Canterbury Tales," "Endymion" is simply an adventure novel. If that was all you really liked in the first two books of the series, you will probably agree with several other reviewers who have criticized this book for its smaller scope and different style.
However, Simmons' writing still retains its fluidity and rich style. The characters are still well-crafted and engaging, the plot remains just as intriguing, and Simmons again shows his remarkable knack for creating rich and believable worlds.
Like the first two novels in the series, "Endymion" and its sequel "Rise of Endymion," are really almost two halves of a single book. While "Endymion" does not have the abruptly unsatisfying end of "Hyperion," its story is certainly incomplete. The real value of this novel is that it lays the groundwork for its sequel, the capstone of the four-book series, and the true jewel that makes the Hyperion saga stand out as one of the greatest science fiction works written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on July 9 2004
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"Hyperion" cycle is a quartet divided in two halves that shares the same universe. "Endymion" starts the second part. Three hundred years had elapsed since the end of "The Fall of Hyperion" and new forces are playing the game. Some characters of the first half, as A. Bettik, Martin Silenus and The Shrike reappear here. The Catholic Church with her new resurrection "sacrament" is expanding everywhere. The "farcasters" are not working and space travel takes a toll in the form of time debt.
Simmons give a new turn of the screw to his story: the new main character is an anti-hero. He is not very brave or smart; he is loyal and devoted to Aenea. Usually M. Endymion just goes ahead pressed by the events that pop up and strives to stay alive and protect Aenea. He is just an ordinary man subjected to extraordinary events. The Pax forces leaded by Father Captain de Soya launch an all-out persecution thru the universe and this is its chronicle.
Simmons uses a subtle humor and winks the reader to enter the game. At the same time, in another level of the story, more complex issues are touched as predestination versus free will; religion and faith; ethical and unethical choices.
Before reading this book is advisable to read "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion", to fully understand what's going on. But you will not regret doing so, you'll get in touch with one of the best sci-fi sagas written in the '90s.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9 2014
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As Hyperion was told from the point of view of the pilgrims and the Fall of Hyperion was told from the point of view of the Android formerly known as John Keats, this too is told from another point of view. The POV of Raul Endymion.

Raul was just an average guy living in the middle of nowhere on Hyperion, got himself in trouble, ended up on death row but via sheer luck, bribes were made and he found himself in the company of Martin Selenus. He has tasked Raul to travel with and protect his niece who just happens to be Brawne Lamia's daughter, the girl who will become The One Who Teaches. This takes place almost three hundred years after the Fall. After Brawne's death, her daughter, who calls herself Aenea, went into the Shrike Palace and jumped through time. Somehow it was known when she would reappear although it wasn't said how.

In the past three centuries, the church that Father Paul Dure belonged to has become the new powerhouse in the galaxy thanks to the cruciform. It has been altered so it no longer makes you a reincarnated sexless idiot. They put one on everyone they convert to the church, which at this point seems to be almost everyone. The church sends out Father Captain de Soya with the task of also meeting Aenea when she comes out of the Shrike Palace.

The rest of the story is a total adventure. Aenea has the ability to reactivate the far casters and de Soya has a ship that can travel faster than anything in the galaxy. He's in hot pursuit through most of the book and by the end we are given clues as to why. Even de Soya doesn't know the truth but starts to figure a few things out by the end. The Shrike makes an appearance and I'm now doubting that it is some evil creation.
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... primarily due to poor characterization and a less developed plot than Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion. Here are my chief complaints:
****** Warning - spoilers ahead ********
While this (and Rise of Endymion) was still a largely enjoyable read, it was frustrating and disappointing in many ways.
1. The primary character (Raul) is an incompetent idiot who never demonstrates an expert ability at pretty much anything. I think Simmons was trying to create a "lovable loser" or "Joe Average" persona and failed badly, not just with poor dialogue/action but also because this was the wrong type of character for the role. This character's stupidity really ruined portions of the book as I could figure out many plot developments/connections several pages in advance of Raul's "reasoning".
I couldn't understand why Raul was chosen for the role he played as he never did anything right and escaped most predicaments by sheer luck. His two chief qualifications seemed to be that 1) He loved Aenea, and 2) He could tolerate large amounts of pain. This describes literally billions of citizens within the Pax, so exactly why did Aenea love this guy? He was just a big dumb schmuck and I got tired of him very early in the two-book series. As a previous poster here has written, even Rambo had more character depth than Raul. Bad, bad mistake by Simmons.
2. Even Aenea was not as believable as I would have liked. Too many things were left unsaid about her until too late in the book. She was not a poorly done character overall (unlike Raul), but Simmons could have done a lot better here - Alia in Frank Herbert's Dune series was a much improved 'child prodigy' character. There was more 'mystery' about what made Aenea special (in the early stages) than there should have been.
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