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.
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.
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.
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Maybe, but not before I listen to Endymion and The Rise of Endymion the nest 2 books in this great, great series. Best series I have read since Dune. Mind blowing!
The story arch and resolution of the Rachel story was very memorable, especially in the way it linked back to the other pilgrims. Not only well written but on the level with other great Sci Fi and Fantasy classics I have enjoyed over the years such as Lord of the Rings and Dune. Truly memorable.
This is a complex story rich in detail. Victor does such a good job (glad he is the reader on the next 2 books in the series) that he keeps you engaged throughout. Frankly if I read the book I might have missed some of the detail that he brought to life. Great job, on a par with Scott Brick who I also enjoy very much.
This is a relevant book, that is provocative and thought t provoking. It will make you re-consider politics, religion, technology, the environment, myth making and the quality and meaning of life itself. It is also the only Sci Fi I have every read that is so heavily poetry and literature referenced. I found that unique and compelling. As a lover of literature for many years, Simmons has almost created a new genre by referencing ideas and stores that are not typically part of Sci Fi. A very complex and multi-layered story on many levels.
I am not sure I would recommend this book to my friends who are of an unquestioning religions mind and belief. I found the religious elements to the story very thought provoking but others may find it off putting, if they have never been asked to question their religious beliefs. I think ti is true with many elements of art, but some readers should just be aware of this before beginning the Hyperion Series. However if you have eve questioned history or the myths we all live with you will find this story fascinating and unique. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Enter the Time Tombs, Beware the Shrike!
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.
Epic, Satisfying, Addictive
As much as I enjoyed the first book, this one just seemed to be much more beautifully done. Weaving together everything from the first book and this one was masterfully achieved, creating such a satisfying experience overall which is something I have not felt in quite some time. Very hard to not want to sit and hear this all in one sitting!
I found my self not wanting to hear anything of a lesser caliber after I finished this.
If you have read the first book do not hesitate to read this sequel. This book is absolutely require to finish the story of Hyperion. I thoroughly enjoyed this one couldn't stop listening.
I'm in to epic sword and sorcery more than futurist space series, however this was an increasdable book. I was hooked in the first 5 mins and it only gets better!!!
This is really the second half of the story started in book 1. Book 1 gave mostly background, now that you're up to speed there, here's the rest of what happens.
You could probably stop after this one if you aren't into the series, as the story does come to a reasonable stopping point here, but I'm almost through book three, and it's awesome.
I'm only 3 books in, but completely hooked on this series.