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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (Nov. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553288202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553288209
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion. On the world of Hyperion the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing--nothing anywhere in the universe--will ever be the same.

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This densely plotted book concludes the futuristic tale begun in Hyperion . Earth has long since been destroyed, and humans now occupy more than 150 worlds linked by the Web, an instantaneous travel system created and operated by artificial intelligences (AIs--self-aware, highly advanced computers). These worlds are about to war with the Ousters, a branch of humanity that has disdained dependency on the AIs. At risk are the planet Hyperion, its mysterious Tombs that travel backward in time, and the Shrike, its god/avatar of pain or retribution. The narrative focuses on the government of the Web and its leader, Meina Gladstone, as observed by Joseph Severn, a cybernetic re-creation of the poet John Keats, and seven Shrike pilgrims, who may affect the war's outcome. Simmons pits good against evil, with the religions of man and those of the machines battling for supremacy. Despite his grand scale, however, he fashions intensely human individuals whom the reader will take to heart.
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After reading Hyperion, well....if you made your way through it, you likely won't be able to resist this second installment of Simmons' 4-book space saga. Fall continues the story of the Shrike pilgrims in a narrative format and many of the msyeries of the first novel are gradually explained. The unravelling of multiple subplots is handled well by Simmons and the ultimate conclusion comes out of relativistic left field at Hawking Drive velocities. Bit by bit, we find out that everything is not what it seems and some of the ideas that Hyperion engered in its readership are turned on their proverbial heads. Despite being long (like all the books in the series - where was the editor?!), I never felt bored and was all to eager to eat up the next chapter. Even if I didn't enjoy all the characters equally, the story is definitely imagination rich and well-layered. Simmons leaves us with some remaining sense of mystery at the very climactic end (what exactly is the damn Shrike?!) and this will probably move you to pick up the next book in the series. You'll have to see for yourself if you like how the story continues but I definitely loved the first two books - they really go hand in hand and feel more like one oversized story split into two.
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After reading this book I understood that the stories of the pilgrims of the first part, "Hyperion", work as a clever device to reveal to the reader the magnificent and intriguing universe that Simmons has created for this series. If you finished
the first book with a feeling of disconnection between the stories, like I did, this is the part where all is blended together. The different patches are stitched together and the whole plot is laid before your eyes in all its complexity.
The scope of the story suddenly expands and it deals now with nothing less than the surviving of the human race. Difficult decisions affecting the destinies of entire worlds have to be made by leaders on the basis of insufficient and unreliable information. War rages. What is the role of the planet Hyperion and the shrike on this grand scale drama? Who can you trust?
The story offers some very interesting and not so obvious twists at the end. It has a sense of closure, but not all the issues are resolved. Actually, I think that the main issue is merely postponed to a time deep in the future of which we are offered only glimpses.
At times the story is difficult to follow because the pilgrims are split. Then we follow one of them for a while, and when
something extremely important seems to be about to happen... we shift to another pilgrim or subplot and start accumulating tension again. This format has the advantage, though, that it adds some suspense, and I liked it.
I assume that if you are considering reading this book is because you have read the first one. Go ahead! It will answer some of the many questions you must have. In case you have not read the first part, I do not think this second part is a stand-alone book; you need the background of "Hyperion".
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After I finished reading "Hyperion", it took me a while before I picked up this sequel. I'll admit that I didn't quite know what to think about the story. However, as time passed, I came to appreciate the rich imagery, plot intricacy, and beautiful writing that Simmons employed in the book, and I decided to give this second book a try. I think I ended up reading it in a single weekend.
The world that Simmons began to create in the first novel is expanded and enriched, drawing the reader further into its intricacies, and we see the characters introduced previously in increasing depth as they continue their pilgrimage to the Shrike and the Time Tombs. You could easily to go so far as to say that this is really the second half of the story that began in "Hyperion". If you were intrigued by the first book, or even if you were only mildly interested, go ahead and take the time to read the second half of the story. You'll probably be hooked, and if not, you'll at least have the satisfaction of having read the whole story, rather than just an abruptly terminated beginning.
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I have already praised Dan Simmons in my review of Hyperion. It is clear that he is intelligent and has a knack for blending things together. I wanted to say this to remind the reader that though the majority of my comments are negative, it is only because I had such high expectations after Hyperion.
Hyperion was incredibly original and well-constructed. There is a hint of innovation in the Fall of Hyperion, but this seems primarily a shallow mask for the necessary linearity of the novel. This is basically the conclusion to Hyperion, where Simmons has to explain everything that was introduced in the other book. And if you read Hyperion, you have to read this book, no matter what. I should not be able to convince you otherwise and will not attempt to do so.
I guess what annoyed me most about this book was the amazing complexity. It must have taken a lot of effort to put this together, but you wonder if maybe Simmons added too many layers. Things brushed over in one chapter could be the subject of entire books. Explanations were hasty and fairly uncreative. Typically, an author reveals elements about the universe through the story without flat out telling it to the reader, making the reader become aware of things without him/her knowing that it was the author's intent. However, in Simmons' rush to cram so much information into this one novel, I felt like he was talking to me and not telling a story. Furthermore, it was very strange at some points. You expect a science fiction novel to be weird, but some of the stuff in here was really weird. My advice is to accept it and move on, even if it seems absurd to the point of stupidity.
Overall, I would say that the pace at the beginning is normal, but towards the end is just a blur. Revelations and curveballs come from leftfield to reach the conclusion. Still, the story is solid, and any reader of Hyperion will not be more than mildly disappointed, if disappointed at all.
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