Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I was just curious on how the epic tale of Hyperion was going to be continued. I listened through it and I found it just a little bit too long. The story does however develop nicely and a new things come up just like in a good series.
I'll need a little break before listening to the next book. ;o)
Hours upon hours of rattling poetry to get to the end of the story that was only pretty good. I did want to know what happened in the end but I'm not sure it was worth the effort.
The Fall of Hyperion, even more than the first book, is simply too long. Simmons spends many unnecessary words describing the mundane and unimportant rather than advancing the story. The entire book covers the span of just a week or so, but spends almost 22 hours doing so.
The conclusion was satisfying, but certainly not worth the journey.
Bevine did an admirable job of taking on the job of the 6 narrators of the first Hyperion single-handedly, but the first book, with narrators for each part, was clearly better in that regard.
I wanted so much to like the Hyperion series, but after 40 hours of listening, it was clear that these books should have been significantly shorter than they were. The conclusion was satisfying, but at least a portion of one of the "big reveals" was telegraphed simply through the focus placed on the character throughout the book.
The universe that Simmons built up was interesting, but I'm struggling to imagine investing yet another 40+ hours to continue in it with the Endymion series. If I do, it won't be anytime soon.
This sequel has a different structure than Hyperion. While sacrifice, pain and tests of torture are common in the Hyperion Cantos novels, this one more closely follows two people in a narrative of the events since the last book.
This one feels more civilization spanning and more big picture than the first book, which was more personal, as required by it's structure.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This series has received rewards like the Hugo and nominations for its success. I believe this is justified and that it is a book that true science fiction lovers should have in their library. This is book 2. Book 1 left us off in the middle of events and sort of on a cliff hanger. In Book 2 we get more than just stories from the past but now the present and future tellings of our seven travelers from the pervious book. Each of our traveling companions donates their place in events as the mystery of the shrike and a lot of those unanswered questions from book 1 are explored. I found this book unpredictable and by the end I didn't know which of the characters would live or die. You have to keep an open mind on this one because the author explores ideas of God, artificial intelligence, time travel, and gives you a fun ride into what the future might be like for man kind. This was a unique story for me and it should be regarded as a classic. If you have the time to invest and sit through all the stories it is worth the credit. If you are coming from book 1 you probably want some conclusions (and you'll get some). I had to wikipedia the first book to remember all that happened with each of the travelers before getting back into this series (it had been about a year). The next book in this series is called Endymion.
The Fall of Hyperion picks up almost exactly where its predecessor left us. Yet, instead of continuing the third-person frame story with the pilgrims telling their tales, Simmons adds a new first-person viewpoint character who, by way of his dreams, is able to observe the pilgrims at the Time Tombs on Hyperion while simultaneously being positioned within the Hegemony's inner circle of power brokers. I admit that it is a strange mechanism to tell a story but Simmons is an excellent writer and he pulls it off quite well.
Like in Hyperion, Simmons continues the story's obsessive interplay with John Keats. We get a lot more of Keats in this one, as our narrator is another cybrid clone of Keats who has taken on the name of Keats's poet friend. I have never really been a Keats fan and Simmons fails to make me one. Much of the poetry and philosophy Simmons includes did not translate very well into audibook form, not because the narrator lacked skill, but because the reading of poetry is a more laborious task intended for the eye and the ear rather than the ear alone.
Unlike its predecessor, The Fall of Hyperion finally gives us the conclusion we crave, and it is spectacular. All of the pilgrim's stories come into play now, with each pilgrim's role in the fate of the Hegemony unraveling at the Time Tombs with the Shrike in tow. The Time Tombs, the Shrike, Moneta, the Ousters, and the TechnoCore are all explained. Simmons is a true master of the craft and The Fall of Hyperion does not disappoint.
What an amazing story. This book really blows wide open the whole world that was started in Hyperion. Only complaint on this is that they switched to one narrator for this book, whereas Hyperion had several. This book is way better than Hyperion which was also quite good.
This is a very different book from Hyperion. Where Hyperion was intimate and haunting, Fall goes in an altogether different direction, with a much larger cast of characters and a tangled and somewhat convoluted storyline.
Although it doesn't pack the punch Hyperion does, it's a must read to learn the fate of the pilgrims whose stories were so compelling.
Absolutely astounding in its scope and the depth of the reflection. This is one of those books and ultimately series that transcends the genre and becomes true literature.