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“A good book, but the storytelling is a more classic side of adventure/sci fi books. Not as innovating and huge as the two firsts :)”see full review » see other reviews »
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“a real let down for me compared to the Hyperion books”see full review » see other reviews »
“As good as the prior masterpieces Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion.”J. Bouquet wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A worthy successor to the brilliant "Hyperion" and "Fall of Hyperion". Simmons knows how to write a true page-turner, and manages to make new the "fate of the galaxy" storyline while still telling a very human story.”Jess wrote this review Friday, May 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great installment in 'The Hyperion Cantos'. A whole slew of new characters and situations that move the overall story along nicely. Highly recommended.”ScoLgo wrote this review Wednesday, March 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It really is quite excellent.”Docta wrote this review Monday, January 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Keats is rarely here but resonates through this great work of imagination by one of the greatest masters of science fiction as well as of the imaginative novel. This is quite simply a masterpiece that transcends the bounds of fantasy. A religious and scientific epic, riddled with hope, fraught with good sense and who would have guessed it? good sense and emotion rarely go hand in hand politely. Marvelous, delightful and screaming (literaly) towards becoming the most dominating work of science fiction ever.
I have been a science fiction fan from a young age and became immersed in it in my teens. I have read much and many yet still this took my breath away.”
“Rejoining a story 300 years later is a hard task even when conditions are ideal. Dan Simmons further complicates his job by creating all new characters and all new worlds. The storyline is a little easier to deal with as we are give a clear antagonist, but the protagonist is so complicated that it is a thrill to see each new revalation.”Chris M wrote this review Saturday, September 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“almost as if it was written by a different author continuing the series. nevertheless, satisfying in a different way. perhaps not high or complex lit, but it was an adventure that makes one very much wish one was part of it.
“The original "Hyperion" struck me as one of the greatest Science Fiction novels ever written - no, scrap that part about SciFi: it was a masterpiece. Period.
It was a meditation on humanity, a deeply spiritual novel pondering theology and philosophy, and a rich text seizing upon motifs from world literature of the last two millennia. It was driven forward by its diverse characters, each of them offering a unique perspective (and a specific sub-genre of SciFi to boot), all of that adding up to something more than just the sum of its parts.
Enter Endymion. Gone are the rich subtexts and textures. Gone is the polyphony of diverse voices. This novel is a plot-driven thrill ride, and nothing more. It reads like the literary equivalent of an action film - and thus greatly reduces the potential inherent to the series.
But all of that would be forgivable, could be neglected: it's still a well-written novel, even though it's nothing more than cheap entertainment without any real substance...
Enter Radamnth Nemes.
Let's see: can you tell me which story I'm summarising here? A future saviour, still a child at this point, is hunted by a time-travelling machine from the future. This robot/cyborg camouflages as a human being, yet usually kills people with the blade-edge of its bare hands, while looking like a liquid-metal statue. However, somebody else has sent a protector as well: another machine that was the heroes' nemesis in a previous installment of the series. Compared to this new model, however, the older version is clearly at a disadvantage.
And in the end, one of the machines disappears into a pool of molten, red-hot substance, one raised hand being the last part to disappear.
Seriously, Mr. Simmons?
That's not an ironic wink, nor a respectful nod. It gets awfully close to xerox-copy territory, and is a HUGE disappointment as far as I'm concerned. Let's hope that the finale can make up for some of the territory you just lost here...”
“It's about 300 years after Hyperion/Fall of Hyperion and the Catholic Church has become an Evil Empire and taken over most of the universe. There is a reluctant hero, a girl who will go up to become a messiah, and a blue android on the run from the church. The cruciforms work better now are used to further the Church's (and another group?) schemes. That pretty much sums up the 800+ pages.
It was a let-down for me after loving Fall of Hyperion. There were a couple re-appearances of characters from the prior 2 books, but this book centered on the new characters. Unfortunately, the new characters didn't pull me in like those in the 1st and 2nd books, I guess I was interested, but just didn't really care. More mysteries were raised which, along with some questions still hanging from Fall of Hyperion, will be answered in the next and last book of the series. We'll see................ I didn't hate the book or really dislike it, but didn't especially like it either, so it falls somewhere around a 2 1/2 star for me.”
“Dan Simmons continues his Hyperion cantos with Endymion, a story that follows a more traditional plot structure than its predecessors. Whereas Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion were both highly poetic and eccentric, Endymion reads much like a classic sci-fi adventure story. That isn’t to say that it is any less cerebral. Simmons doesn’t write simple stories by any stretch and, although the pace is a bit quicker, there is plenty of meat here for those who enjoyed the previous Hyperion novels.
Simmons continues his unique first-person, third-person interchange from the Fall of Hyperion with Raul Endymion, a Hyperion-born man, as his first-person narrator and Father-Captain Federico de Soya, an agent of the powerful Church and the Pax, being the subject of the majority of the third-person narrative. As with the second Keats cybrid in the Fall of Hyperion, there is an unknown force (to be explained later) that allows Raul to “see” through de Soya’s eyes, thereby explaining the third-person narrative.
The plot follows Raul as he is recruited by Martin Silenus on a task to rescue Brawne Lamia’s daughter Aenea from the Church and the Pax. Aenea, the fabled “one who teaches,” has stepped through the Time Tombs into Raul’s time to perform some unknown task. Meanwhile, Father-Captain de Soya is tasked with capturing her, Endymion, and the android A. Bettik. The story takes us through multiple worlds, involves political intrigue, mystery, and an epic battle between the Shrike and one of the TechnoCore’s newest killing machines. Like its predecessors, Endymion is creative, grand in scale, and vastly entertaining. The only flaw is the same that is present in most of Simmons’s work: he tends to ramble and get lost in tangents, but it’s worth the effort.
Be warned that, like Hyperion, this story ends with a massive cliff-hanger. The tale continues with the sequel The Rise of Endymion.”