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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 (92 customer reviews)


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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on July 9 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"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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Third novel in the Hyperion Cantos, Endymion marks a change in style, providing fewer ideas but more action, as the naive eponymous hero attempts to fulfil his mission across the ruined worlds of the Hegemony. There is a new heroine (future saviour Aenea), some new enemies and a few good friends (including faithful android A. Bettik and the Consul's resourceful spaceship.) What Endymion lacks in sophistication, it compensates for with some beautifully imagined planets and its sections that deal with the Pax, a tyrannical new star empire. Even though it is weaker than the other novels, this is still quality.
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