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Rise of Endymion [Mass Market Paperback]

Dan Simmons
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July 1 1998 Hyperion Cantos (Book 4)
The magnificent conclusion to one of the greatest science fiction sagas of our time

The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples.

But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The best and the worst of the Cantos March 22 2014
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Scrolling through the reviews of this book prior to reading it, I was baffled by so many saying this was an amazing story whilst just as many were saying it was awful. Now that I have finished it, I understand. This was both the best and the worst of the Hyperion Cantos.

The best because as fantastic as the others had been, this is the one that brought me to tears. This is the one that didn't just pull at my heartstrings but ripped them out. This is the one that made all bad things in life seem meaningless because there was a future out there that was so much more than we could ever hope for. This is the one that makes you believe that love can truly transcend space and time.

The worst because you have to read a lot of filler to get there. Between the barrage of the inner workings of church politics and the almost endless descriptions of every minute detail of worlds and their people, I couldn't help but think Simmons was trying to recapture the magic he created in Hyperion. If a hundred pages were cut out of this book, it would have been more of an epic tale. The magic was there but it was buried under a pile of words.

Think of this as a literary version of an archeological dig. You will go through layers of somewhat interesting things and some things will be stuff you will cast aside because it is worthless but in the end you will find an incredible treasure!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review April 12 2007
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Don't even think about starting The Rise of Endymion until you have read the three other Cantos novels in order. Simmons does his best to tie up the loose ends, and largely succeeds, concluding his epic series in fine style. This novel has plenty of action, breathtaking alien environments, pathos and humour; it also has its share of tragedy, although this story is ultimately life affirming. The characters are excellent, hardly ever stereotypical. Devout Catholics might be somewhat disturbed at the transformation of the Church into an evil empire; otherwise this is a terrific end to a superlative SF series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Astoundingly Strong Finish July 10 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful story I've ever read? June 18 2004
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Dan Simmons is a wonderfully devious writer. His characters are real (complete with jealousies, inadequacies and personable quirks), his plots both amazing and believable, and the prose itself just simply beautiful. He does have moments of pandering (not unlike Stephen King) but instead of detracting, they usually reinforce that he is present in each of his characters (a trait I've always felt should be necessary to good writing).
Read the Hyperion series if you want to consider yourself a well-read sci-fi geek (like me!) I make all my friends read it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Conclusion Dec 2 2003
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I have always been a huge fan of fantasy/sci-fi novels as well as novels that make you think. The Hyperion series is one of the best out there, right along with Dune. But the Hyperion series goes even farther into such thought provoking questions about immortality, intelligence, what makes something "human", evolution,religion, and, most thoroughly, time. Although the entire quintet is fascinating, The Rise of Endymion greatly surpasses all previous installments with a tremendous blend of action, philosophy, and a very well-done and tasteful love story. I highly recommend this book to any and all looking for a good read but aren't afraid to use their brain a little, or a lot. I warn you though, read the first three otherwise this will be one of the most confusing experiences of your life.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Badly reasearched, Unsatisfying Conclusion
I enjoyed this book until somewhere near the middle when Simmon's anti-Christian bigotry finally became too obvious for me to stomach and I just kept browsing until the end. Read more
Published on June 9 2011 by Rory Sangalang
2.0 out of 5 stars Wow... this is bad...
I read and liked "Illium" by Dan Simmons and liked it, so I bought "Hyperion" which was also really good. I then read "Fall of Hyperion" which was still pretty good. Read more
Published on April 28 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly disappointed
This book was a major disappointment. Throughout the entire book Simmons basically re-writes the first three books of this series and when he's not re-writing, he's rambling on to... Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by Brent E. Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Literate Science Fiction
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by James D. DeWitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 4 of 4 -- A fantastic conclusion
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Climax
In Rise of Endymion, Raul and Aenea are trying to save humanity. The characters are some of the most real I've read.
The last chapter alone is worth reading the entire book. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by "poatlanta"
5.0 out of 5 stars typing through tears
I've just put down Rise of Endymion after reading it for the second time in about 5 years. The humanity of this series and especially this final book is unparalleled in my... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by Eric Yablonowitz
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST
The best Sci-Fi ever, the whole series (Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, The Rise of Endymion). Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by Capnmax
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