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Hyperion Paperback – Jul 19 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (July 19 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747279837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747279839
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 389 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,961,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, therewaits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. Thereare those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. Inthe Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backwardthrough time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, withthe entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage toHyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Eachcarries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate ofhumanity in his hands.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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If you are searching for epic, literary science fiction with overtones of horror, look no further. Hyperion is a complex and intelligently written novel set in the far future, where opposing cultures are on the brink of war and where a small band of pilgrims are journeying to the mysterious Time Tombs. Simmons has imagined a richly textured galactic civilisation and within this milieu has created an intriguing story with multiple threads and which works on many levels. Better obtain The Fall of Hyperion too, as the second book carries on the story, right from where the first book ends.
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Hyperion by Dan Simmons is a great mix of science fiction, horror, fantasy, poetry, and well-written prose. Structured like the Canterbury Tales, it provides the backstory of seven travellers (one per chapter) who journey to the planet Hyperion in search of the Shrike, a creature that is a perfect killing machine. While some seek out the Shrike for its relation to the Time Tombs (a series of caves with time-warping properties), others have more nefarious intentions. Others still disappear before it is their turn to tell their tale.

Hyperion, as mentioned, provides the *backstory* of the travellers; I've criticized several books for not driving the present action forward, but Hyperion does this well. The present action in some parts is directly influenced by the travellers' stories and is compelling enough on its own to make the interludes worthwhile. Moreover, Hyperion ends right as the present action involving the Shrike and the Time Tombs is about to really begin, so the sequel is an integral part of the story of the first book. The sequel, Fall of Hyperion, is therefore high priority on my long, long reading list.

It's been a while since I've read something so engrossing (other than Andy Weir's The Martian, which I have still yet to review). Dan Simmons has a great method of worldbuilding, in which he'll introduce a new technology without infodumping, then keep bringing it up when relevant to provide more and more detail. The same goes for his characters, for how the disparate plots of the seven travellers begin to coincide, and even for how the different genres mentioned above all tie together. All told, five stars.
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I'm a harsh critic, so my three stars means i still recommend this book. Simmons has a knack for language, that's for sure. And being able to create an entire universe that we can understand in all its complexities is not an easy thing to do. Having said that, the book starts out really well. I'll forego plot but to say we're dealing with seven travelers on a pilgrimage, each who must tell his "story" to the others concerning why he/she is making the trip. Echoes of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales for sure, and even hints of Arthurian legend as well. The first story, told by father Hoyt--which actually is not his story but told from the diary of his mentor--had me hooked. It was Sci Fi, it was theological, it was imaginative and fresh. Simmons made Hyperion a mystery in it's own right, an unexplored planet with creepy dwellers and underground labrynths. The Shrike, its mysterious lone alien inhabitant, is either God or the Devil or just some mysterious alien who kills at will. It forged me on. Kassad's tale was pretty good, though not nearly as interesting. It was militaristic, adventurous, about a fallen soldier who should be a hero but is villified due to actions that saved the world. Not to mention Simmons delves into temporal anomolies and paradoxes during this tale and doesn't explain it all too well. Maybe that was his point, i don't know. Weintraub, whose daughter is regressing to her newborn state (who is 30 when the tale is told) tells the tale of watching his daughter live backwards in time. While interesting, and unique, it dragged on until the inevitable conclusion I knew was coming. Simmons chronicled 30 years of living backwards...it was too much. Get on with it already. Lamia's tale is pure pulp detective story. I liked it, it's fun and fast paced.Read more ›
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3.5/5

Hyperion is mostly book composed of multiple stories that all have something in common; the Shrike. The writing is itself delightful, but some of the stories are somewhat unsatisfying. This is especially true for the Consul's story, which is the last one. Also, the end is, in my opinion, unrealistic. Not unrealistic in the sens that what happens is not possible in this universe, but in the sens that the way the characters behave is simply... to simple. There is no complexity in their choices and behaviors. In my opinion, the last 50 pages or so are not the same quality as the rest of the book and for me that's a big down side. I will not provide further details as to spoil the experience of new readers, since this perspective is my own and is certainly not share with all the readers. Also, I am not a big fan of religions (although I understand it is a fundamental concept in societies history and mass psychology) and the cultism that could be found throughout the book was somewhat dull. The complete opacity of the Shrike church and its disciples was too simple in my perspective, where all the members seem to be perfectly behaving. This lacks plausibility, even in a sci-fi universe and I wished this church would've been either a small plot (not a core part of the book) or much better developed.
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