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  • Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (July 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572988
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This conclusion of the Hyperion saga (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion) finds Raul Endymion, Aenea, and M. Bettik still on the run from agents of both the Pax and the TechnoCore. But Aenea is reaching maturity, clearly growing into the messiah who will one day bring down the church and stop "the resurrection." One answer lies in Aenea's blood, which she shares with her followers through a ritual of communion; the blood allows anyone to travel through the Void Which Binds, but it cannot coexist with the cruciform that brings immortality. And although Aenea's gift makes her both a power and a danger, she is also a young woman, vulnerable to the forces allied against her. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The latest episode (following last year's Endymion) of Simmons' Foundation-like saga of the far future tells of the struggle for dominance between humanity and its siblings, one of which is a highly evolved race with artificial intelligence and another of which has experimented upon its own DNA until it is no longer quite human. What might be called classical humankind is under the rule of a newly established, dominant Catholic Church, which undertakes to exterminate one of its rivals, the Ousters, and also seeks the girl Aenea, part-human and part-machine and a messiah for whom the adventurer Endymion is guardian. But Endymion and Aenea part as their destinies begin to fulfill themselves, and before they meet again, Endymion leaps through time portals from world to world. These worlds, including a gas giant with jellyfishlike lifeforms in its upper atmosphere and an ice kingdom carved among mountain peaks, are brilliantly realized. Thus Simmons pushes his vast entertainment along unfalteringly. John Mort --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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As great as the three preceding novels in Dan Simmons' Hyperion series were, this final installment makes all of them pale in comparison. Here, at last, all of the loose ends, not just from Endymion, but from the Hyperion Cantos as well, are brought back together to form a conclusion that is riveting, heartbreaking, hopeful, and joyous in turn. And that's just the last half of the book.
Throughout the first half, we again are treated to the fruit of Simmons' gifts for beautiful prose, incredible characterization, and well-conceived plot. It also shows us what's at the real heart of the series: Simmons' philosophy of Love, as embodied by Aenea.
This last novel's style is, yet again, a fairly sharp departure from that of any of the rest of the series. We don't have the broad, sweeping "Canterbury Tales" feeling of the Hyperion Cantos, nor are we involved in an interstellar game of chase like Endymion. Instead, the book is much more thoughtful and deliberate. Simmons' directly addresses some of the nagging questions from the series, such as the relationship between the evil church and its not-necessarily evil religious roots and the fate of good people deceived into working towards detestable ends. While there is certainly plenty of action and fast paced adventure, Aenea's teachings are the focus, and that reflective tone permeates the novel.
However, atop all of this thinking and philosophy, we still have an intricate plot to keep us entertained. We finally see the fruition of the Raul-Aenea romance foretold in Endymion, with all its accompanying emotional bumps, and naturally, the Church, along with its inhuman Core counterparts, is still out hunting for Aenea's head. Don't forget, Raul still has to somehow complete Martin Selinus' Herculean tasks.
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Start with an appreciation of what Simmons is trying to do in this fourth book in the Hyperion Cantos:
- He is finishing the story of a messiah-like heroine who has known from the day she was born the exact, gruesome manner, date and time of her death.
- He is using - with full credit - the ideas of Tielhard de Chardin and John Keats and others, ideas and even writers of whom the majority of his readers are mostly unaware.
- He is advocating the powers of humanity, and especially the power of love, over the powers of technology. In a science fiction novel.
- He has chosen as one theme crucifixion: individual's crucifixion by the Shrike, humanity's crucifixion by the cruciform parasite, and Aenea's horrifying death. Crucifixion is at the heart of the West's most prominent religion.
- Like any writer of a series, he is constrained by the myriad loose ends from the three earlier books.
Simmons meets all of these challenges. He writes a suspenseful, emotionally engaging novel that takes all of these ideas and constraints and deals with them fairly, consistently and pretty completely.
Not many writers have the wit and courage to attempt these ideas; only a fraction of those who have the wit and courage also have the talent to bring it off. Simmons not only makes the attempt; he mostly succeeds.
The criticisms and negative reviews, it seems to me, stem from those who don't understand this is a novel of ideas, and those who give little credit to the breadth of what Simmons is trying to do. Aenea's final months and messy death is nothing less than a technologically rationalized replay of Christ's, recast and rethought in very impressive ways. Raul's rebirth is Saul's re-birth, isn't it?
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As I write this review I am completing my second read of the Hyperion series. This second exposure to the series has shown me a few things:
1) Dan Simmons has an incredible imagination. He obviously put a lot of thought into the many cultures that might exist in a far-future universe, apparently acquiring some of his descriptions from true life experiences. His description of the mountainous planet where much of the 4th book takes place seems inspired by a trip to Tibet. More than once, he devotes several pages to merely description. I am an impatient person, so I must admit I skimmed some of these passages the second time through, but this does not mean that I don't appreciate it. I do.
2) Simmons was trying to explain many of his views about religion and philosophy by describing them through fiction. Sorry if this isn't the case, Dan, but I couldn't help but wonder if you had recently experienced your own revelations about religion and you needed to write it down. I am certainly not offended, and I found both the story and ideas within it to be fascinating.
3) Despite the fact that Simmons is not officially trained in any of the sciences - from what I've read his background is English Literature - his use of the lingo and understanding of technical topics seems right on. There are marvelous ideas in this story: moving through time, morphing ship hulls, super strong "monofilament", and "doc-in-a-box" medical facilities on ships. Even if he doesn't understand why some of these things might be possible, he makes it sound like he does.
4) Despite minor inconsistencies (for instance, in one part of the story the nemesis Nemes approaches Raul and Aenea in a standoff, and she enters the scene wearing red, but later she is wearing black [?
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