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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 A must-read for Hyperion lovers 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review April 12 2007
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the Hyperion Cantos ...
... primarily due to poor characterization and a less developed plot than Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Damon
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different book from Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion
I can see how some might be disappointed by this book and it's sequel when relating them to the first two books. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by Harvey H. Meeker
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 10 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
Although part of Dan Simmons Hyperion series you need not have read the others to enjoy this or be a science fiction reader. Read more
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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