Hyperion

(Hyperion Cantos (1))

Mass Market Paperback, 481 pages

English language

Published April 17, 1990 by Bantam Books.

ISBN:
9780553283686
OCLC Number:
732646686

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4 stars (29 reviews)

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.

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Review of 'Hyperion' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

Joe Valdez (a reviewer here on Goodreads) summaries my take on this book well with a single point: "[Dan Simmons'] great thinkers are not my great thinkers".



I just couldn't get into any of it. The stories weren't poorly written, they just weren't engaging at all. References to other real world authors and works that I've either read and felt were lackluster in their own right, or others that I have not yet read but certainly don't have high on my priority; continuously bombard the reader throughout. There were at least two novel things that I haven't much come across in a sci-fi novel before: heavy religious tones and poetry. Turns out this is also an unabridged list of things I don't enjoy in a sci-fi novel. Either that or I just don't tend to jive with Simmons' writing (this is the first of his work I have read).



Temporal …

Review of 'Hyperion' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Loved this story, it's universe, and the multi-narrator format. Very disappointing ending. I might decide it worthwhile to read the next one. This felt more like a bundle of X (don't want to spoil anything) disparate novellas. All really good on their own.



I just read Dune for the first time, a couple weeks before this. Strangely, even though it's twice the length (and I enjoyed both books), Dune took me like a third the time to read.

Review of 'Hyperion' on Goodreads

4 stars

Great shape and pace uncovering what our characters live for and are willing to die for as they tell their stories on a pilgrimage beyond their control. Somewhat marred by adolescent martial and marital themes, though not entirely out of place. Structure allows a lot of varied exploration of this humanity-descended space civilization's internal conflicts and contradictions.

Review of 'Hyperion' on Goodreads

5 stars

1) ''Fedmahn Kassad had grown up in a culture of poverty and sudden death. As a member of the minority who still called themselves Palestinians, he and his family had lived in the slums of Tharsis, human testimony to the bitter legacy of the terminally dispossessed. Every Palestinian in the Worldweb and beyond carried the cultural memory of a century of struggle capped by a month of nationalist triumph before the Nuclear Jihad of 2038 wiped it all away. Then came their second Diaspora, this one lasting five centuries and leading to dead-end desert worlds like Mars, their dream buried with the death of Old Earth.''



2) ''In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes.''



3)''And after the good-night story, and the lullaby, and the good-night kiss, sure that she was …

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