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Hyperion | [Dan Simmons]

Hyperion

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.
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Publisher's Summary

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it.

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.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Amazon Customer 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, less than impressive reading."
    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    Yes, there was a lot of detail, it would be nice to read again to make sure I didn't miss anything.


    What other book might you compare Hyperion to and why?

    Dune? The story just reminded me of the Dune story, although I have only seen the movie.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    ONE narrator. That would have made all the difference.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 08-27-12
    Greg 08-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Missing a proper conclusion"

    I found this story quite entertaining and a good listen. The problem is it ended with no final conclusions or outcome. A very good way to sell the next book in the series.
    I may or may not purchase the next volume after experiencing a very disappointing ending to the first one

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. Milus 05-13-12
    C. A. Milus 05-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Spoiler Alert - Not what you think."

    The good news is that Hyperion is an excellent piece of writing. There are worse Sci Fi that you could read but not many as drawn out. However, the ending made me want to toss my iPod in the street and jump on it repeatedly in complete frustration.

    You're watching the Superbowl with your team down by 2 points, with no time on the clock, last play of the game, quarter back throws a hailmary and the power goes out.
    Wait... what???

    It's an ending with no ending. Be warned that book 1 is in no way stand-alone. I'm sure that The Fall of Hyperion has the answers or maybe not. I'm tempted to find out then again I can't afford a new iPod every Dan Simmons book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 05-03-10
    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 05-03-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Sci-Fi"

    Great book worth the time and the credit.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jovan Baltimore, MD, USA 11-07-09
    Jovan Baltimore, MD, USA 11-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Exciting sotry with disappointing ending"

    The concepts introduced by the book were exciting but the ending was disappointing. The ending; however, did not stop me from buying The Fall of Hyperion to see what happens next.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Greve, Denmark 10-18-09
    Peter Greve, Denmark 10-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the top books ever"

    Hyperion is a brilliant narration. The way he builds up the story is intelligent and genius. It took me a little while to get a hold of his way of telling, but it is very good. I have since listened to the full series, it is probably among the top three sci-fi books I have read.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Cooper Colorado 05-07-09
    Stephen Cooper Colorado 05-07-09 Listener Since 2001
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    "Great language, unique environment"

    Mr Simmons paints a vivid picture with his mastery of the English language.
    The backstory for this novel is quite rich, and the author could easily create several more novels just from the materials he only hints at.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael C Walter 04-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderfully Entertaining"

    There were parts that were a bit drawn out, but over all I thouroghly enjoyed it. I couldn't stop listening to find out what would happen next.

    The end was a bit of a let down. I am going to check if there is a Hyperion 2, right now.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry L. Woody Florida 03-02-09
    Terry L. Woody Florida 03-02-09 Member Since 2008

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    "A Wonderful Journey"

    Hyperion, its sequel and the Endymion books are full of adventure, challenges and rewards. I loved being drawn into the fascinating story by Victor Bevine's masterful reading.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marvin Hoover, AL, USA 01-17-10
    Marvin Hoover, AL, USA 01-17-10
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    "Meandering waste of time"

    Simmons drags us through 5 life stories, spending hours on each, providing the most pointless details such as the color of random, ancillary character's clothes and what they ate for lunch. In the end, 90% of the people you've been reading about are tossed asside and no longer part of the story (so that roast beef sandwich that everyone kept eating really didn't matter?). And not only does he NOT provide an explanation for the main plot device, he doesn't even let the reader know what happens to the very same 5 people. He just has skipping on down the road.

    What a waste of money and time. Really, don't bother unless you like to read about clothing styles and lunch menus of the far future.

    9 of 29 people found this review helpful
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