I read this series a long time ago. The first book of the series is a futuristic Canterbury Tales. The story line draws you inside the world of pilgrims. Each one with a different story, yet underneath there lies similarities. i had to have this book in audio to see after all these years what listening to the books would say to me. And there was so much more I either missed or forgot since that time in 1989. The interplay of the poet's works, almost a parable for Simmons himself. The realness of each character's stories en-wrapping you in this cocoon of discovery. All the sins that we hold inside ourselves, you find in the vulnerabilities and sins of those characters. Yet each character holds what we need so much to find...hope.
I usually like the strong willed characters in novels. But in this novel I am most drawn to the poet. He sees himself for who he truly is inside. He cries out in all his blustering for the memory of the simplicity of childhood. He is egotistical, yet he is his worst critic. He is like that really grumpy old neighbor that when you were a kid you stayed away from because he scared you with his loud booming voice of "Get out of my yard or I'm calling the police" and mumbling under his breath and giving people those glaring "stay away" glances. Yet this outward guise is his way to keep the world out because he has been hurt in someway in his past. You have to fight past the urges of running away, yelling back or punching him to find out that he is a pretty wonderful guy all along.
I liked that they had multiple artists performing this book. And all in all they did a pretty good job. For some reason, the reading for the consul just did not do it for me. Most of all the consul's voice just did not come through to me as who he is supposed to be in this novel.
The story of the Sol Weintraub with the baby is very heartrending to me. It is the watching of the inevitable demise of a loved one crossed with the unfairness that this is actually going to happen to a baby. Its the sorrow that a parent never wishes to deal with, the losing of one's child and it is a long loss filled with precious memories and daily knowledge that this child is going away and there is nothing you can do about it. The knowledge of the day of your child's death 20+ years in advance and your desperate clinging to whatever little hope exists for a cure.
If you shy away from older sci-fi (this came out in 1989) because you feel that the relevance of it is lost from what sci-fi has grown into then please know that this series will never lose relevance. You just need to listen to it to be swept up in its graceful, sorrowful, poignant Living.
Maybe - it was an interesting book - good character study and the technology didn't disrupt the continuity of the story, but I have to admit I was disappointed in the ending.
I liked the use of different narrators to bring the book to life.
I tried three times to read this book: In 1989 when it came out, in 1990 when it won the Hugo (surely I had missed something!) and again in 2003 when I vowed to read or reread all the Hugo winners. I never made it past the first dozen chapters. I found the plot tedious and the characters uninspiring. Then when Audible offered it as a Deal of the Day, I decided to try again. I guess it took an outstanding performance to show me that this is a GREAT book! I was up until 4 am this morning because I couldn't quit listening. The technology is amazing, even after 23 years. The characters and their stories are sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes horrifying, but always compelling. The different cultures are imaginative and fascinating.
One of my top favorates to date.
Martin Silenus, always had me smiling and laughing.
All did a good job giving depth to the characters.
The story of Sol Weintraub.
At the end of this book I HAD to get the rest of the books in the line.
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Hyperion stands as one of the greatest SF novels of the second half of the 20th century. Part allegory, part mystery, drawing inspiration from every spectrum of fiction from The Canterbury Tales to the poetry of John Keats, this novel elevates Science Fiction to a literary form. Like the aforementioned Canterbury Tales the novel follows a quasi-religious quest to the fabled and mysterious planet of Hyperion where mankind’s first true encounter with an alien race takes place. Each member of the pilgrimage has a story to tell, each a piece to a larger, far more intricate puzzle whose final solution may hold the key to the survival of mankind. Simmon’s future is wholly familiar yet startlingly alien in many ways. His characters are developed through their tales and the mysteries they unfold make this an undeniable page turner. If you enjoy Science Fiction that goes beyond robots and ray guns and endeavors to explore the big and essential questions of life and death and what it means to be human this novel is not be missed. The various narrators really bring this story to live in audio form.
Yes. The story is quite good. It is an interesting plot with good world building.
The idea of the time tombs was an interesting twist on the time travel motif. Also, loved the tale of Rachel and the backwards travel.
Probably. A couple of the voices spend familiar.
That would be tough.
Unlike other, I didn't like the Canterbury Tales style of storytelling. I find the start of stories to be the hardest to read and this book gave me six beginnings.
I wasn't sure about this book from the first few chapters, but it turned out pretty good. Although it's described as such, it isn't very firm science fiction. And it gets softer the further into the series you go. The characters are believable and organic, although some of their stories are excessively boring and sappy, but don't last too long. The later books in the series become annoyingly sentimental, and suggest Simmons has a New Age fixation of some kind.
Highly recommended visionary science fiction. Told in the style of Canterbury Tales where each character recounts their story as they travel. Their stories are superb and reveal both their characters and motives and progress the story. However unlike Canterbury Tales this is no comedy.
Be aware however that the story isn't finished at the end of this book in the series.
I'm planning on reading the rest, this is must listen material for those who like science fiction.
Hard to identify a favorite character and although they were all quite different through the depth of the story telling and characterization I identified with parts of each of them.
Damn fine narration although Allyson Johnson sounds more feminine and attractive than I imagine fits her tough character. A very minor point.
Who knows, but in the right hands what a fantastic film this could be.
The Depth the writer goes to to explain the world around him in the tiniest of details he goes to to portray the image of the time. Most impressed
Without any doubt this book equals the "The Reality Dysfunction" by Peter F Hamilton. Till Hyperion, was in my opinion the greatest Scifi I have ever read.
The World an the life going on in it. I think this statement explains it well enough because the narrator has done such a good job that its all that needs saying.
Definitely yes, was hard to go to sleep at night while listening to it, because I wanted just "five more minutes"
A must have addition to anyone's lib, an cant recommend it enough.