Hyperion Paperback – Jul 19 1990
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On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
A stunning tour de force, this Hugo Award-winning novel is the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the author of The Hollow Man. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, therewaits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. Thereare those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. Inthe Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backwardthrough time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, withthe entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage toHyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Eachcarries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate ofhumanity in his hands.
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Hyperion, as mentioned, provides the *backstory* of the travellers; I've criticized several books for not driving the present action forward, but Hyperion does this well. The present action in some parts is directly influenced by the travellers' stories and is compelling enough on its own to make the interludes worthwhile. Moreover, Hyperion ends right as the present action involving the Shrike and the Time Tombs is about to really begin, so the sequel is an integral part of the story of the first book. The sequel, Fall of Hyperion, is therefore high priority on my long, long reading list.
It's been a while since I've read something so engrossing (other than Andy Weir's The Martian, which I have still yet to review). Dan Simmons has a great method of worldbuilding, in which he'll introduce a new technology without infodumping, then keep bringing it up when relevant to provide more and more detail. The same goes for his characters, for how the disparate plots of the seven travellers begin to coincide, and even for how the different genres mentioned above all tie together. All told, five stars.
Dan Simmons creates a novel so original and captivating that it doesn't matter that you don't get most of the answers to the book's puzzles by the end. Simmons story is mysterious and imaginative and passionate. As questions get answered more questions develop from those answers. Hyperion makes you realize why people referred to things that they could not understand as magic. When Simmons reveals his tricks though, you aren't disappointed, instead you are even more fascinated.
Characters are vibrant, you feel their pain and loss. The way Simmons intertwines their stories together and links their past, present and future is masterful. The sum of their remarkable individual stories adds up to an incredible whole.
The sequel The Fall Of Hyperion is almost a required read after you finish this book.
It's written not with pretentious intellectualism,
as some other reviewer pointed out, but with a
sense of appreciation for human pain that is
masterfully interwoven with literary references.
Hyperion is a story
which branches in and out of several threads, that do come together for the most attentive and intelligent reader. In this book, Simmons won't
give you certainties, but stimulating gaps in the
story that will leave you speculating as to what should fill them. A good storyteller works not only with wordcrafting, but also with images carefully constructed in the reader's mind
that will add colour and dimension to the story.
With this work, Simmons proves to be in full control of these two techniques. As you read it, you
may become completely engrossed with one of the
tales that compose the story. Someone should perhaps warn you that there is much more to the story than any of the individual tales therein. This way if you happen to be yanked out of your favourite thread before you're done relishing in the pleasure
of what you just read, you may keep looking forward to reaching out for the rest.
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Exceptional plot, ideas, characters and writing. In my view at the level of Asimov's Foundation series and Herbert's Dune series.Published 6 hours ago by Michael Miloff
Not the biggest fan of SiFi books, but this one hooked me. Great writing, awesome story.Published 3 months ago by Tony Rodney
Once you start reading - the more you want to read. I just finished reading the book and I am sad. I want morePublished 7 months ago by Eric Moquin
Some have compared this to the political complexities exemplified in Herbert's Dune. It isn't, however, it is a very intriguing read. I highly recommend it to Saturday fans.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
The phrase `epic sci-fi' is a bit of an oxymoron; science fiction evolved from short stories & serialisations in periodicals such as Astounding; the best books, even those of a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Willy Eckerslike
Hyperion is mostly book composed of multiple stories that all have something in common; the Shrike. Read more
Others have adequately described the book. All I can add is how intriguing the universe described in this book is. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark C. Hillard