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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing part 2 Feb. 15 2014
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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. The constant back and forth between Colonels, Generals and the like trying to decide tactics that should be used. There was quite a bit of that in the beginning of this book *snore* but I understand why it was there. It had to be there. The Hegemony is now at war and it all begins and ends with Hyperion.

This story and it's predecessor are epic. They span light years and time itself. All manner of science fiction is incorporated within it's pages - weaponry, travel by portals to distant worlds, space ships, evolution of humans, time travel both forwards and back, etc. I read that this was going to be made into a movie although I cannot imagine how that would be accomplished successfully. I don't think I would want to see it. Inevitably, parts would be cut and sequences rearranged but how it was written is how it has to be. There wasn't anything in it that was unnecessary.

For anyone who read Hyperion or are considering reading it and wonder if they should read this - you absolutely have to. This is the continuation of the same story but don't expect to come away feeling totally fulfilled. This is an amazing universe that Simmons created and I'm still left wanting more. Thankfully there is more.
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By john
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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 need to convince anyone to purchase it.....that being said, fall of hyperion is an excellent follow up that ties in nicely in answering most of the questions raised in the hyperion. key word: MOST of the questions. far too much is left unexplained or maybe i was just too stupid to pick it up. overall, both books together create the greatest duology in sci-fi i've ever read. now its off to endymion and the rise of endymion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying conclusion to the first novel June 30 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review April 12 2007
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Galaxy-spanning human civilisation the Hegemony is in crisis, facing immanent war with the nomadic Ousters over remote planet Hyperion. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, the very fabric of the Hegemony, the communications grid that allows instantaneous travel between the stars, is under threat. The Fall of Hyperion is science fiction on a heroic scale, yet is also intricate and tapestry-like, a complex narrative with many interwoven strands. This fine, imaginatively written novel is not so much a sequel as it is an immediate continuation of Hyperion, so I highly recommend acquiring both books and reading them straightaway one after the other!
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By Michael
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Read Hyperion first, there is no other way to begin this roller coaster ride through time and space. Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion will lead you to one of the most unexpected conclusions I have ever read (at least after book two).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue at a grand scale! May 25 2004
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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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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 20 months ago by graham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to finish what Hyperion started
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. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by _
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. 25 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Hyperion
This book is not for those with short attention spans. It has multiple, complex plots which fold in upon one another. Read more
Published on May 17 2003 by Amazon Customer
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