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Endymion [Hardcover]

Dan Simmons
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Feb. 15 1996
The year is 3126 on the world of Hyperion, and Paul Endymion has been chosen to undertake a world-changing quest to make history.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end... June 27 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Same Universe, different story. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Hyperion Cantos ... March 29 2004
By Damon
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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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I can see how some might be disappointed by this book and it's sequel when relating them to the first two books.
Endymion takes place several hundred years after events in "The Fall of Hyperion." As such it does little to resolve the fates of the characters in those books. Instead Endymion focuses on the journey of Raul Endymion a native of Hyperion and the child Aenea who is the daughter of the John Keats cybrid and Brawne Lamia.
Hyperion and it's sequel wrapped many layers of mystery around the Shrike, The Time Tombs and especially the Core. Endymion starts the process of unraveling those mysteries.
Aenea and Raul's journey takes them across the galaxy as they are pursued by forces of the Pax and the Core. Along the way their relationship develops a meaningful quality to it that gives the book its character.
While this is a wholly different book from the first two in this series I enjoyed it just as much. This book is more focused than the first two and also more reflective as it divides its time between fewer characters. Raul and Aenea are more fully developed than most of the characters in the first two books and therefore able to carry the book on their own for the most part.
While I can see how some might be disappointed by this book and it's sequel because of the different tone I can't really agree with them. I found this book to be a different, but very worthwhile followup to the first two books.
The fourth book "The Rise of Endymion" is required reading after this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Hyperion lovers
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4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
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Published on April 12 2007 by A. J. Cull
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the prequels
I don't know why anyone who read the Hyperion series would be disappointed by either Endymion or The Fall of Endymion. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by Zardoz the Guitar hero
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought I wanted to go back to Hyperion...
Taken on its own, it's a decent book. Unfortunately for this book and its sequel, it will always be compared to the original masterpieces of "Hyperion" and "Fall of Hyperion". Read more
Published on Dec 4 2002 by "reuben_clamzo"
4.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed adventure
Endymion is the first of two sequels to the "Hyperion Cantos", which consists of the two excellent novels Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2002 by Ritesh Laud
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary.
Whereas typical writers introduce, fill in, and conclude their stories, Simmons' Hyperion books just start and then slowly end. Read more
Published on July 8 2002 by Lustrous
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure Story
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Published on June 2 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars The low point of a brilliant series
What a mess. The first two books told a great, and complete, story. To begin this one, however, is to open a new can of worms, and invest yourself in a new set of characters --... Read more
Published on March 21 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Your average three star review...
Naturally, I loved the first two instalments in the series as everyone who is bad mouthing this book seems to have. Read more
Published on March 16 2002 by Ethan Creech
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