A worthy finale to the Hyperion saga. Endymion was a slow book, but the "Rise" picks up the pace and neatly ties up all of the lose ends from the first three books. Personally, I enjoyed the first two books the best.
Victor does an amazing job as always.
first book - big investment, huge payoff in joy
second book - first week driving the new car, still loving it and wanting to share with friends
third book - the payments hit, but you expected it. you still enjoy the car, but the initial wonder is starting to fade.
fourth book - you've had the car a while. you still drive it because of how much you remember living it and how much you invested. it's not unpleasant, but it's certainly nothing like it was the first time.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
This was my least favorite book of the series, which overall, and up to this book, was excellent. In this book M. Simmons took a trip in to the banal and tended to described so many inconsequential things in mind-numbing detail as to make you yell "shut up!" and these unimportant events detracted from (added nothing to?) the story line. Overall a satisfying (if somewhat predictable) ending. Victor Bevine did a marvelous job. My rating for this review is for this book only, the other books all get 4+ stars!
It is the retype of story I dream to write myself and dare to wish into existence. the entire series is fine literature and evokes the heart to seek that which is true.
Silly conclusion to a great story. Disappointing hero, lackluster heroine, lots of unnecessary in between characters. Almost seemed as though it was written by a different author from the Hyperion series.
There were awkward moments (like the love scenes... yeesh) and the deus ex machina of having the previous series be a fictional work was a bit lazy in my mind.
However there were moments of incredible fantasy and imagery that were wonderful, and the ending was a pleasant surprise.
While i binge listened to the previous 3 books this one took longer and required me to force myself to finish. its as if the author himself was aging backwards and was now writing at the level of a 16 year old. This story has all the complexity of a wizard of oz and high school rama with the healthy doze of american religiosity, mixed with a dollop of political correctness, with the side of holywood sentimentality, and generously sprinkled with puritanical uptightness. if like me you enjoyed the previous books youll do well to stay away from this one and keep the wonder and awe of the universe mr. Simmons created intact. . or this book will slag it into a pool of bubbling and foul smelling goo.
From Hyperion to this last book, AMAZING! I have already listened to it twice (4 years ago was the first time) and I know I will listen again in the future.