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)
The mystery of this novel is great. However the understanding of time is so confusing I do not know how it passed the editors and got the Hugo award. If you ignore the concept of time and ignore some of the abbreviations the story is great. There is a whole cast of readers to help dramatist the story too. Just wish the author could explain the confusing aspect of time in the story.
I really tried to be open minded on this book. It certainly had a lot of great reviews, but the series of short stories format tends to wander without driving the overall plot line. One of the characters has a sailor's mouth...some heavy FOUL LANGUAGE. That pretty much did me iin. There are so many alternatives to stooping to high school F-bombs every other word. Oh well, I'm sure there was a compelling reason for using that language as profusely as the author did in this book. Gave up about 2./3 of the way through. i will definitely read EVERY review of a book before wasting my money in the future.
I can't believe I hadn't read this book until now... I am looking forward to reading the next one. I thought the characters were brilliant, and the narrators did a fantastic job. I loved it, best sci-fi book I have read.
The book starts very slow and the narration is very slow through out. I actually listened to it on fast mode of my MP3 player. Maybe it is better if you read the hard copy. I just couldn't get into and I am a big Sci-Fi fan...
Despite my best efforts, I found this book difficult to get into and even more difficult to become absorbed in. In fact, it became so painful to follow that I erased it from my audio player.
It was meandering and many times off-point - quite a miserable endeavor
Stunning, fantastic and gripping sci-fi in the format of a frame narrative ala The Canterbury Tales. Hyperion is a masterwork and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
I fell for the must read sci-fi reviews here. I have enjoyed listening to the Peter F Hamilton epic sci fi books on audible, but these Hyperion books were a chore to get through. No characters to have hope for here. A posse of sad people set out on a seemingly pointless quest to save a miserable human race. Humanity owes the universe and dolphins an apology. I get it. String us all up on the tree of pain.
Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion are one story split into 2 books, so be warned and don't complain about an abrupt ending.
I own the Emperion books (bought all 4 at once based on reviews), but don't know if/when I'll feel up to listening to them.
I generally prefer SciFi over fantasy. This leans toward the fantasy side, but it held my interest. The narration was excellent. This book stops rather than ends, so be prepared to get the next book if you like this one.
Hyperion is that rarest of SF novels -- one that combines believable character you care about with galaxy spanning elements of science fiction. Everything in this book was pitch perfect, including the excellent narration. I highly recommend this Simmons' offering and its sequel.
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