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  • 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  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,239,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan W on Nov. 5 2007
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This has got to be one of the best science fiction series I've ever read. The scope of this book and the sequels is amazing, it really keeps you glued to the page. Action packed, great character development, cool technical and scientific concepts, its all there. And many interesting thoughts about the role of religion etc, so it really makes you think. I really didn't want it to end, it was so enjoyable. Probably best to buy all of the books at once, as you will not to stop after reading the first one
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By Gale/S on June 18 2014
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This book was very different than the usual science fiction that I have read. I enjoyed it and look forward reading the next in the series.
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By Steve on Feb. 24 2014
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Not sure why this deserved a Hugo award. The book has some excellent ideas but overall was disjointed and lacked cohesion. I had the impression Simmons was setting the stage of some grand saga rather than writing a novel that was itself complete.
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By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
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I am blown away. Dan Simmons doesn't world-build - he created a universe. Even though this is only a half story, I would still give it 6 out of 5 stars.

It is part political, part religious, and fully science fiction. It takes place hundreds of years after Earth has become uninhabitable and humans moved to the stars. There are several individual stories within this one larger story. The large story is about seven people going on a pilgrimage to the Shrike temples. Each of the seven has a story as to how they came to be on this pilgrimage, although something happens to the seventh person so we do not hear their story. The Shrike, also known as the Lord of Pain, and the temples seem to be moving backwards in time. Even by the end of this installment we do not find out why, but I am fascinated by it.

To be honest, there were several things that piqued my fascination and imagination throughout the story but enough was left out that you could practically call it a mystery novel. As I have no patience whatsoever, I am already reading The Fall of Hyperion.
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Wow, just wow!!

This is truly a masterpiece of science fiction. Incredibly creative, astonishingly well written and a totally gripping and awesomely f***ed up story! This is well worth a read and belongs up there with the greats of the genre! Highly recommended!
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Thanks again for the great price and service, guys. Everything was on time and in perfect order. Everything was first class! Love that series by Herbert. Now, it's complete!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By papaphilly on July 17 2004
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Dan Simmons has written a Cantebury Tale style masterpiece. Seven people are on their way as pilgrims to the time tombs to meet a monster called the Shrike. Each pilgrim tells their story of why they are going to meet the Shrike and what they want. Some see the Shrike as a monster and others as a god.
Dans Simmons has created a richly textured world that is very detailed and believable. The characters are neither good nor bad, just various areas of gray. The book is very deep and is worth the effort to read. The book is very readable but will take some time becasue it is not a super fast read. This is the first of four series and the others should also be read. Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SergeyT on July 9 2004
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This book is a collection of several stories of varying quality.
Overall, I found the writing style to be too wordy. I would rather be entertained by ideas than an unusual use of words.
While I did enjoy a couple of the stories, two others left me completely indifferent - if not annoyed at having to read them.
The overall story was intriguing enough that it kept me reading to the end. A secondary benefit I was hoping for, was reading about one particularly annoying character's death. Unfortunately, the ending has let me down on both accounts. Not only did the annoying character survive, but there was also nothing even remotely resembling a conclusion.
Two stars - for the two stories I enjoyed.
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