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on November 7, 2014
With all the extremely high ratings for Hyperion, I was expecting something really special and felt really let down when I didn't get it. I kept expecting the story to "get better" but it never did. Don't waste your money.
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on October 5, 1998
How does an author who cannot even write convincing dialog manage to win the Hugo? Don't ask me. The worst is the character Silenus, a crazy poet, who speaks like someone straight out of a B sci-fi movie. A couple of the stories are actually interesting but if you're into "hard" science fiction, don't even consider this book. Simmons is heavy on the speculative but low on scientific content. He should stick to writing horror.
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on June 3, 1997
One of the worst books ever written. The sequel is another. Fluff for the easily impressed. If you are completely taken in by verbose drivel and pseudo-intellectualism, this book and it's sequels are for you. I would have rated it a "1", but the words were spelled correctly
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on May 5, 2001
Am I the only one who actually sees through this book?
Apparently Simmons can't make a character who doesn't wallow in loss of love...(forgive me if I don't do this in order)
Priest's Tale: The only "original" concept of the book. Still bogged with cliches...
Soldier's Tale: Kassad falls in love with Moneta, loses her. BOO HOO
Poet's Tale: Falls in love with poetry, loses his skill. BOO HOO
Detective's Tale: Falls in love with an AI, loses him. BOO HOO
Scholar's Tale: Falls in love with daughter, loses her to backwards-time disease. BOO HOO
Consul's Tale: Good part spent describing how age seperates his grandparent's love. BOO HOO
Yes, you may say it's the common thread between them, but can Simmons not make them more diverse.
Another bone to pick: Simmons writes in a disjointed style. He will get to a climax (or at least the sort of climax you can expect to find in a romance novel) and then stop, put in background information about how the character can solve it, and then the character does just that. It gets rather annoying after a while. AND HE WRITES IN THIS STYLE FOR ALL OF HIS CHARACTER'S STORIES: they are different people, telling them different ways, yet he remains in the same style.
By the Consul's tale it was too much. PUT THE DARN THING IN ORDER! It would be when the starship pilot was 27, next page:19, next page:24, etc. You get so fed up with him jumbling the story around in an attempt to be profound.
The ending was the biggest stinker. Novels that make up an epic usually have some resolution at the end of each volume. Instead Simmon's last page might as well have been a sales pitch for the second novel, which I will not be reading. Avoid at all costs. If this is "hard" sci-fi then Jane Austen is too.
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on October 5, 2003
I have been on a reading quest to catch up with previous Hugo award winners. Having just finished the impressive Virnor Vinge novels I was anxious to continue my trek of great Science Fiction.
Hyperion is not a novel. That is the first thing a potential reader should realize. It is a collection of six short stories, each of which has an ending that requires the main character to meet a bug-eyed-multi-armed-time-traveling monster on the planet Hyperion. As a plotting ploy this is great, most of the characters have interesting stories to tell and you end up waiting impatiently to see what happens when they meet the monster.
They don't. I don't feel I'm spoiling the ending, because there is none. The entire set of stories ends with the "pilgrims" stepping foot on the monsters temple. Absolutely nothing is resolved in this novel. It isn't a question of disliking the ending, it is a question of where is the ending? Some might call it a cliffhanger, I would just call it a waste of time.
Having wasted too much time on this novel I cannot justify spending more money on the sequel. I have not guarentee that it will resolve anything or just be another setup to sell more books.
I'm disgusted that this "novel" is considered a Hugo winner in the company of such wonderful novels like "A Fire Upon the Deep" and "A Deepness in the Sky".
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on June 8, 1998
I am astounded by the hysteria that surrounds this novel and its sequel. Quick frankly, I can't find a good thing about it. It is overwritten. It logically makes no sense whatsoever. John Keats, fine poet as he was, is hardly an apt figure for the ultimate savior of mankind. The science--ranging from tree ships to a super-Internet that be both (a) intelligent and (b) a transportation network ("It's a floor wax! It's a dessert topping!!") is worse than embarressing. I literally forced myself though both volumes, with a "this can't get any worse" attitude--and it did. Be warned. If you like, say, the Charles Sheffield / Arthur Clarke / Isaac Asimov end of the spectrum, you will hate this. If you like fantasy and have no sense of logic, you might like it.
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on June 2, 1999
I agree with reader from Chicago. The whole thing is just too illogical.
I personally don't cotton to religions so THAT was a complete turnoff right off the top.
I read his Children of the Night(5 stars)and so looked forward to his view of the universe. I was sadly disappointed.
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on August 28, 2003
Well to start, I never post comments, and only sign up so i can express my true feeling having read this unimaginative garbage. i've seen all the review, and my honest opinion is that book lacks the luster that is usually expected of an award winning book (just goes to show that anyone can win an award these days).
The book starts with the author gathering all the pilgrims in a pilgrammage to the planet Hyperion. All the action that occurs to reach there destination could have been summed up in 100pgs or less, but it isn't--and why not? Well, the author (who people think is a genius) decides to fill the rest of the book with the pilgrims each telling their stories--each more boring than the rest. The story of the priest was interesting, but unmoving; the story of the military man was stupid space-military drama, and the poets story was a boring yarn. All in all, nothing worth remembering happens because the story is left at a cliffhanger. If i knew this book was going to be a cliffhanger, i would have asked my [money amount] back and gone with buying a more worthy book. I recommend Dune if your looking for a story filled with intrigue and conspiracies.
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on March 9, 2002
A would-be Foundation or Dune-style epic. The style is tedious and wooden. The story is not particularly imaginative though it has a number of pleasant conceits, ranging from the Canterbury Tales format of the first volume, to the various obsessive exploitations of Keats themes in the second, the zen koans of an AI nammed Ummon, and a pastiche of a famous scene from Romeo and Juliet. The author appears to be a widely-read magpie - occasionally a confused one, mistaking Brahe for Kepler. If his prose style were bearable, it could be quite entertaining.
While I prefer writers with a good style, such as Bradbury or Kim Stanley Robinson, or those who aspire to one, like Dick and Bester, still I'm perfectly happy with Herbert's Dune and Card's Ender series, which are adequately executed and reflect the authors' real commitments to their constructed worlds. In other words, as someone once said (Shaw?) "fortunately, I am a man of low tastes". But not low enough for this. The world of the book is unconvincing, and seems to be based on broad familiarity with the themes of science fiction rather than any internal vision, salted lightly with uninspired sex and violence (not always easily distinguishable) when all invention flags. Even the author seems to have succumbed to the tedium well before the end.
Toward the end of volume 2 Simmons repeatedly recapitulates recent events (from the same volume) in the apparent conviction that his readership is too cretinous to follow the plot. In this, I assume he is mistaken.
The book seems to be immensely popular. It won the Hugo Award, which is a "fan's award", as opposed to the Nebula Award, given by professionals. The Hugo went to Harry Potter this year, which in itself speaks volumes. On the other hand, when the Hugo ballots are counted, they have more submissions for the tv/movie award than for the novel award, which suggests that the generic fans' notion of SF is fundamentally non-literate.
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on June 11, 2001
The book started quite ok. But the end is just a terrible disaster that was probably caused by the fact, that the author was starving and he had to give just "SOMETHING" to his agent so he would get some money for some food... It is obvoius that the book starts with a nice idea in authors mind. It is divided into 6 stories and the first few are excelently written. But when you get to about 2/3 of the book, one of the main characters dies (quite probably because the book is getting to thick for 7 stories). The last story looks like the author was in such a hurry, that instead of working on the story, he just substitued his "preliminary version of the text with his own comments". The last story is written in simple words the way a first grade kid would do it. My comment: he really must have been hungry to release that book...
The worst thing (this made me to rate it with 1 star instead of 2 stars) is that the book does not end. It is not even open end book. It simply does not end - as if you bought the book with last 20 pages missing. Is this an attempt to make the buyer also buy the sequel? Well then I am not going to buy the sequel, because there is quite a high probability the part II will end or better to say fail to end the same way.
I still have to give the author some credit (that is the reason for at least one star) for giving us some insight in the way people look at the world: "whatever can place us as humanity on its menu (even potentialy) has to die - and that applies for tigers and lions as well as for any extraterestrials".
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