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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!!
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.Read more ›
- 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?Read more ›
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 [?Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Hyperion est une des meilleures séries de science-fiction que j'ai lues, si c'est pas la meilleure!Published 10 months ago by MC5686
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 morePublished on June 9 2011 by Rory Sangalang
Don't even think about starting The Rise of Endymion until you have read the three other Cantos novels in order. Read morePublished on April 12 2007 by A. J. Cull
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... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Elbereth
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 morePublished on April 28 2004
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 morePublished on April 25 2004 by msla510
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. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003 by Alex Hardberger
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