This is a very entertainng read - well constructed and thought out science fiction which ranks it up there with "Dune" and "Ender's Game". What is particularly appealing is the way each character unfolds their story as their pilgrimage progresses, with each story very different but equally as interesting. The world of the future is painted as vivid and believable, though I do agree with some other reviewers who have commented that the author appears to be totally obsessed with John Keats.
A final comment - don't bother reading Keats' poem "Hyeprion" if you are not already familiar with it - it sheds little light on the complexity of the novel.
Over all it is a rich, detailed and enjoyable epic, great for escapism and one which I thoroughly recommend.
Just finished the series. Absolutely epic reads. The last two are definitely inferior to the first two books, but Simmons does a nice job coming full circle at the end and answering some of the mysteries from the earlier books, such as the origin of the Shrike, the true nature of the Core, how the Time Tombs work, etc. He also leaves a lot of questions unanswered, which I thought was a nice shout-out to the reader, in a way complimenting our intelligence and challenging us to come up with our own … more
I’m slowly working through The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons, and I feel it’s appropriate to revisit the first book, Hyperion, before I review the second book. First off, I have to say that Hyperion, the 1989 Hugo winner, was one of those watershed SciFi books for me. It was so engaging and so well written it fits more as good literature than a mere genre tale. Hyperion is the story of a mysterious god machine called the Shrike that lives … more
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.