In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope - and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
©1989 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1990
Locus Award, Best Novel, 1990
"Dan Simmons has the Midas touch: Every genre he writes - whether SF, horror, mystery, historical, or thriller - he turns to gold. Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion set a new standard for grand-scale science fiction." (Kevin J. Anderson, author of The Saga of Seven Suns)
"Dan Simmons was a star from the outset. It was the Hyperion books that made him a superstar. The man, quite simply, is what we in the trade call a writer's writer." (Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author)
Each of [the pilgrim's] stories would make a superb novella on its own. (The New York Times Book Review, Gerald Jonas)
I've read some of Dan Simmons other works (The Terror, and Summer of Night) and thought they were extremely well written and I am impressed with his sci-fi as well. I would highly recommend any of the books of his I've read of his.
Without a doubt. I remember seeing this book in the stores when I was a kid. (how could you not notice that cover?) I forgot about it for a long time, but it came up as a recommendation for me from Audible. It was so highly rated that I decided I had to listen to it. Audible listeners rarely let me down and Hyperion was no exception. The style of this book is like no other Sci-Fi book I've read. It tells stories from a first person narrative style that pulls you in from the beginning.The narration is also the best I've ever listened to. There is a score of narrators who each perform one character. This gives Hyperion more of a theatrical feel, and all of the narrators are excellent. They each bring their characters to life in their own unique style.
I generally don't get too emotional listening to books. The exception is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (I challenge anyone to listen to that book without getting emotional!) and Hyperion. Each character tells their own unique story. There are tragedies, comedies, love stories, and action stories. Each one draws a response from you that you have to experience to appreciate.
This is a long book but one well worth the time. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
The overall tone was a little too despairing.
Not unless they really liked this flavor of novel.
They did what they could
Yes--the end is a bit of a cliffhanger.
I first read this book years and years ago. One of my first forays into "hard" sci-fi. I loved it. I've revisited many books I read way-back-when, and sometimes find myself disappointed. Not Hyperion. Still as good. Still as thought provoking. I liked how each character had their own voice, it was well done. Very smooth transitions, voices at the same volume. Not at all like the "dramatic readings" I've listened to before. I did not like the voice of Martin Silenus, the poet. He annoyed me. But maybe that was the point of casting that particular voice actor, Martin Silenus is a very annoying character.
In any case. I really enjoyed both this and its twin, the Fall of Hyperion.
Complex Intense Tight
This is a complex, intense and tightly written story involving many cultures and lifestyles. The story hold together tightly with all parts leading to a conclusion. It does not have a 'feel good' ending, but the bad guys were, at least, stopped. Of course, determining who are the bad guys is quiet a chore.
The way the story is written in a "Canterbury Tales" fashion. Each character's story is distinct both in style and substance but each adds information to the overall story arc.
SPOILER!!!:That the infant was aging in reverse after the adult had been attacked in and escaped the Time Tombs.
Whichever narrator read the Priest's Tale.
The ending seemed rushed and left a lot hanging. Yes, it is the first of a series. But I feel like more could have happened in this novel. It is very much a setup for the other books in the series.
The P.I.'s tale was fairly dry and grammatically un-stimulating. I realize this is a style choice base on the character telling the story and so is a testament to Simmon's abilities. Just personally it got tedious to listen to, I can't imagine reading it.
It depends on the friend. There's a ridiculous amount going on in this novel, but most open minded people should be able to appreciate the boldness, the originality, and diversity of this novel. Every emotion in the world is touched on, which is admirable even if occasionally disorienting. .
Sol Weintraub was the easiest to identify with. Brawne Lamia had probably my favorite of the individual stories. But really they all have their interesting qualities.
Father Paul Dure, because I thought the narrator did I really good job making you empathize with this complex character as he experienced a living nightmare.
The Priest's Tale. My god, what a powerful, captivating, revolting, disturbing, haunting piece. That part of the book will stick with me for a long time. The Soldier's Tale was also memorable, but not really in a good way. The explicit sex seemed to serve a narrative purpose, but wasn't terribly tasteful. I don't normally have a problem with this sort of thing, when done right. I don't feel like this was.
This definitely felt like one of the those books that anyone remotely interested in science fiction or literature must experience. Even if you ultimately decide that it's not your cup of tea, I don't see how you could regret reading (or listening to) Hyperion. I can promise you'll find something in the book you have an opinion on, which, to me is (whether that opinion is good or bad), much better than a book that leaves no impression at all.
I love all things sci fi, fantasy, history, and philosophical. I have read many books on all these subjects, but audible opens everything up in a whole new light for me. Love it!!!!
Absolutely mind blowing!
Saul would be my favorite. He is faced with what he calls ("Abraham dilemma") and finds that love is the reason for all necessary sacrifice's. He keeps his resolve through all that is thrown at him, and is put in situations most husbands and fathers would shudder at the thought of.
I liked the fact that there were multiple narrators. It really helps you connect with the identities of all the characters.
You will be of the cruciform for all of your days!
This is actually the first book I have listened to. It was such a good experience that I will listen to many more books. I both read and listened to this book and sometimes read while I listened.
The character development in this book is tremendous. Told as 6 personal stories I found everyone of them compelling.
I enjoyed the future world depicted in Hyperion.
The narrating, or should I say acting added to the story in a way that I cannot by reading. The characters were so clearly defined by the voices I could visualize the characters.
This book was awesome!
This book is a great warmup to the Hyperion series, but really leaves you wanting to read the next book. Great introduction to the characters.
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