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The Rise of Endymion Paperback

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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747276668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747276661
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 211 customer reviews
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I haven't completed a fiction book in almost half a decade, preferring to stick to non-fictions. Finishing The Rise of Endymion and the entire Hyperion Cantos gave me chills. It's THAT good and this last one is a satisfying conclusion. The universe that Dan Simmons created is expansive, creative, and I'm just left in awe. But the relationship between Raul and Aenea, and Raul's perspective of the events, his feelings, his emotions... I felt them reading this book. I will miss these characters. Especially Raul and Aenea.

Amazing. Just Amazing. 5 stars out of 5.
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By Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 22 2014
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Scrolling through the reviews of this book prior to reading it, I was baffled by so many saying this was an amazing story whilst just as many were saying it was awful. Now that I have finished it, I understand. This was both the best and the worst of the Hyperion Cantos.

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!!
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As great as the three preceding novels in Dan Simmons' Hyperion series were, this final installment makes all of them pale in comparison. Here, at last, all of the loose ends, not just from Endymion, but from the Hyperion Cantos as well, are brought back together to form a conclusion that is riveting, heartbreaking, hopeful, and joyous in turn. And that's just the last half of the book.
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.
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Start with an appreciation of what Simmons is trying to do in this fourth book in the Hyperion Cantos:
- 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?
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