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The Fall of Hyperion [Mass Market Paperback]

Dan Simmons
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Nov. 1 1995 Hyperion Cantos
In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.  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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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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue at a grand scale! May 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to finish what Hyperion started March 8 2004
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of a Letdown March 23 2003
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars What a let down Oct. 23 2002
By Mindy
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After reading Hyperion, I was so excited and eager that I picked up the sequel as soon as I could find it and prepared for an all-night session. Well, needless to say, I was sorely let down.
The characters that were so well developed in Hyperion became exagerated and unrealistic. The style of writing also seemed to lack the same quality as it had previously. I found myself skimming through many of the pages because the descriptions were redundant. I also think that Simmons wasted a lot of time recapping what happened in Hyperion.
Also (and this has been a pet peeve of mine) I just want to know why, oh WHY do they keep drawing the Shrike that way?? Every description of him says that he has FOUR arms. Not two. I know that has nothing to do with the story itself, but I had to vent my annoyance somewhere. :-)
Though I have much criticism for the book, I do also have praise. Simmons reveals a plot so orginal and intricate that he has to get three stars for orginality alone. I do wish he explained it more however. I had to re-read some passages just to understand what was going on. In fact, I'm not quite sure I figured it out yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing part 2
Even though I gave this book a five star rating, and it truly does deserve all five stars, I did not like it as much as Hyperion. I'm not a fan of war-room banter. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate conditon
This book was in brand new conditon upon receipt. The text is a little bit small for my liking. Have not read yet.
Published 21 months ago by graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to the giant tease that is hyperion
everyone on this page that has read hyperion will be buying this book regardless after the 100 foot high cliffhanger from the first novel along with all the loose threads so i dont... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2011 by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to the first novel
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. Read more
Published on June 30 2010 by Daniel Bonning
5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review
Galaxy-spanning human civilisation the Hegemony is in crisis, facing immanent war with the nomadic Ousters over remote planet Hyperion. Read more
Published on April 12 2007 by A. J. Cull
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of 2 ... the only thing is you have to buy two books
Read Hyperion first, there is no other way to begin this roller coaster ride through time and space. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars it's not over
This is a must read for anyone who appreciates both fine literature and Science Fiction. No cowboys in space here... Well maybe a little... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by "godbacon"
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad, so beautiful!
I did not understand all of it, but I enjoyed its beauty. Hence, it must be art!
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by A. Nahir
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to confronting a monster
Dan Simmons continues the story of the 7 pilgrims sent to confront a monster. The story broadens from the perspective of the pilgrims to humanity as a whole, and does it well. Read more
Published on June 1 2003 by B. D. Marcus
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