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Hyperion is the tale of seven people who make a pilgrimmage to a terrifying creature called the Shrike in an attempt to save mankind. Stunningly written and beautifully crafted, Simmons's Hyperion resonates with technical achievement and the excitement and wonder found only in the best SF. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1989.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385249492
Branch Call Number: SF/SIMM
Characteristics: 481 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jul 08, 2019

What a head-bender. This sci-fi version of “The Canterbury Tales,” throws the reader into a rich universe. No simple explanation describes it. A must-read.

Sep 01, 2018

Awesome followup to the foundation series by this author Dan Simmons. Outstanding SciFi

Mar 07, 2017

Simmons does a beautiful job of introducing first a world (Hyperion) then a universe by way of a series of tales told by a group of seemingly random individuals gathered together for a pilgrimage. At first, the book seems like it will be a bit of a slog, but it's worth pushing through the initial set-up to get to the first tale. The tales are the meat of the book. They are what tell the story. They are both brilliant and compelling.
Essentially, each pilgrim explains why they have been chosen for the pilgrimage by telling either a personal history or the history of a close associate/friend/family member. Each tale introduces you to new aspects of Hyperion and this universe - often aspects you didn't even realize you needed to see until you were shown them.
While this book feels a bit like a collection of related short stories, the stories combine to make a richer whole - and, while I certainly have my favourites, they all feel essential to the overall mission of the book.

Jan 22, 2017

One of the best I have read for years. It has a very engaging story with a fairly timeless plot that will probably be valid a long time hence. You must line up the sequel before finishing this one!

Dec 22, 2014

I think this is probably the best story I have ever read in the science-fiction genre, which is quite something. The characters all feel so alive and the pacing is excellent. There is also quite a bit of philosophising in the books, there is much more going on than the actions of the characters on the page.
The book is also chock-full of literary references, most obviously to One Whose Name Was Writ In Water (Keats).

This book is actually the first in a series of four, if you find the ending confusing, follow up with "The Fall of Hyperion."

May 19, 2013

Well-written piece which does a wonderful job developing the characters and allows us to care for their virtues despite their vices. Won the Hugo Award (Science Fiction). This is the first book in the series.

Oct 16, 2012

While I found this book quite interesting I really did not appreciate the violence and sexuality included in the book, I am not sure that it really added to the story and I found it quite inappropriate to my sensibilities.

I do like the way the story advances through the tales of each character. I found some of the stories much more engaging, I liked the Priest and Father most.

Oct 04, 2012

I can see how one would either love or not so much love this book, but I found the artifice of the "Canterbury Tales" approach, the corny shift in writing style for each characters story, and the in retrospect predictable lack of resolution at the end to be very powerful and a very appropriate way to carry this tale along. I will read this one again someday.

Aug 21, 2012

Disappointing, as several of my friends were hyping this book and it's apparently won some prestigious awards. I like sci fi in general but not this one. Characters felt like caricatures (flat and unmotivated), dialogue felt clunky and contrived. Writing style is verbose in areas where it doesn't need to be (too many descriptions of landscapes we're seeing just for a moment and not enough coherent description of the world and its technologies and political systems and made-up words). So much random violence that it desensitizes you and you don't really care any more by the end. Awkwardly sexist at times. But if I had just gotten a little bit of plot resolution I could have forgiven most of this. Yes, I know this is setting you up for the sequel, but at least give me a little resolution at the end of ~500 pages! How can I care about the mysteries alluded to in the story if the characters don't even care enough to try to answer them?

Jul 01, 2012

I thought this book was great. It's structured so that multiple short stories are being told as the main characters are traveling to the Time Tombs in Hyperion. It's a very interesting way to structure the book and I really enjoyed it.

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Dec 09, 2011

As the entire known universe is torn apart by war, seven strangers travel to Hyperion to make pilgrimage to the Shrike. A creature which, unrestricted by human morality or the limits of time strikes out at humanity, slaughtering its victims in attacks to fast to be seen or understood. Fleeing the confusion on their home-worlds, these individuals share their stories so that they might understand why they were each drawn to seek answers from an inscrutable being whose actions only seem to breed chaos and destruction.


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