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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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    ashley 03-20-12
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Once it got going at least... the first hour or so was a bit slow as there is a lot of jargon that isn't really explained off the bat, though it was all filled in before to long. But once the individual stories started being told it was very hard to put down.The second book is a must as well (Just got credits so I can start the 3rd book)


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    Toledo northwest USA 03-17-12
    Toledo northwest USA 03-17-12 Member Since 2012

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    "great story, not-so-great narration"

    Hyperion is one of my all-time favorite books. It ranks for me with Bleak House and Vanity Fair and maybe even Don Quixote as a great, sprawling, intelligent, absorbing *story.*

    But the narration is only passable. Hyperion is the beginning of the story of seven pilgrims who are journeying to visit the mysterious, terrifying Shrike. As they travel, each pilgrim tells their own backstory. The producers chose to use different voices for each of the pilgrims.

    Some of the narrators were spot-on (Kassad, Father Hoyt). But the narrator for Brawne Lamia was so wrong for the part that I couldn't listen to it. For her story, I finally had to pull out the book and re-read it myself. Brawne is supposed to be a hard-boiled private investigator; this narrator has a mellifluous, smooth, delivery that sounds like she's doing the safety announcements on an airplane. And the narrator for the non-character bits read so slowly that I ended up using the 'faster' option on my iPod to get through it.

    But even that isn't enough to ruin the story. This is still a great listen. Also, if you're new to the book, you should know that Hyperion is just the set-up. Each of the seven pilgrims' back-story is worth reading on its own, so it's still a great read and definitely not a waste of time, but the story of the pilgrimage doesn't really happen until the next book.

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    phil lafayette, la, United States 03-07-12
    phil lafayette, la, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "overall disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the end


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hyperion?

    the generals fight


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the blade tree


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a very exciting and enjoyable listen throughout the whole story. the characters and story line develop well but the end comes very quickly and resolves nothing. the epilogue feels like the author got so many negative comments about the end that he felt he needed to add something. it is weak also. i was ready for some brilliant, genius, twisting at the end but it never came. that was a disappointment...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kurtis EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 08-08-11
    Kurtis EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "good but confusing"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tony RAMSEY, MN, United States 01-02-11
    Tony RAMSEY, MN, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Gripping, intense sci-fi"

    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.

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    Stacy 11-10-10
    Stacy 11-10-10
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    "Not cool!"

    Fine story but but but but but but but but but but but and but The ending is a complete let down. Basicaly you write it yourself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chris Highland Village, TX, United States 10-01-10
    chris Highland Village, TX, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow book, slow narration"

    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...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Brentwood, MO, United States 08-05-10
    Benjamin Brentwood, MO, United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 08-02-10
    Benjamin Hawthorn Woods, IL, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Books of pain"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 06-17-10
    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 06-17-10 Member Since 2010

    Jerm

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    "SciFi, almost"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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