On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.
©1990 Dan Simmons; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"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)
"State of the art science fiction...A landmark novel." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
Hours upon hours of rattling poetry to get to the end of the story that was only pretty good. I did want to know what happened in the end but I'm not sure it was worth the effort.
The Fall of Hyperion, even more than the first book, is simply too long. Simmons spends many unnecessary words describing the mundane and unimportant rather than advancing the story. The entire book covers the span of just a week or so, but spends almost 22 hours doing so.
The conclusion was satisfying, but certainly not worth the journey.
Bevine did an admirable job of taking on the job of the 6 narrators of the first Hyperion single-handedly, but the first book, with narrators for each part, was clearly better in that regard.
I wanted so much to like the Hyperion series, but after 40 hours of listening, it was clear that these books should have been significantly shorter than they were. The conclusion was satisfying, but at least a portion of one of the "big reveals" was telegraphed simply through the focus placed on the character throughout the book.
The universe that Simmons built up was interesting, but I'm struggling to imagine investing yet another 40+ hours to continue in it with the Endymion series. If I do, it won't be anytime soon.
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.
This sequel to Hyperion neatly wraps up the adventures of our intrepid pilgrims as they face up to the future unknown being deposited at their feet, willing or not. Simmons keeps the listener glued to the book as the story unfolds and all the threads come together in a brilliant climax.
Definitely one of my best in a long history of science fiction reading. Characters with enormous development, technology and time shifts to spin the mind and a brilliant story to bind it all make this a "cannot press pause or stop" book.
Hyperion leaves you on the edge, thirsting for more. The Fall of Hyperion drowns you in the scale and breadth of the sequel.
A brilliant book with brilliant narration make this a modern day classic equal of the best in any genre.
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.
What an amazing story. This book really blows wide open the whole world that was started in Hyperion. Only complaint on this is that they switched to one narrator for this book, whereas Hyperion had several. This book is way better than Hyperion which was also quite good.
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.
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.
"not as well executed as the first but still brill"
As packed with genius as the 1st book in the series and just as well narrated. It brought the story to a fitting close but the narrative was a little muddled at times and not as clear as 1st. (like my review)
"The Fall of Hyperion"
Just amazing. One of, if not the, best sci-fi stories I've read. Can't wait to read more of his work.
"answers at last"
finally some answers. the holistic picture Dan paints of the universe, the web, the core and the time tombs is as fantastic as it is plausible. loved the way the story unfolds. makes you think about existence!
"A truly epic end to the Hyperion Cantos"
Wow, what can I say about this epic novel?
It is the second part of the Hyperion Cantos series and picks up where the first book, unexpectedly ends.
I have to say that before I started listening, I was a little disappointed that this second volume wasn't a full caster production, it was just a single narrator reading. However, because this second part is structured very differently from the first I now don't think this is really a problem. The first volume was easily dividable in to 6 parts, each one being the first person telling of one of the pilgrims tales. This second volume jumps around between the stories of the 6 pilgrims through the 'dreams' of a human/AI hybrid (known as Cybrid in world of the book) and adds a new character in the form of the leader human worlds.
The story covers mostly a few days during which the human hegemony fight a disastrous war against serval enemies. However because this story involves time travel we do have a few excursions points in the distant future and recent past.
The story has epic battles in both space and between super powered begins, deep philosophical discussions vast, almost god like AI's and the war between a human created and AI created god.
Yes this story is that large, I would say it covers a scale and scope almost as large as Stephen Baxter's Xeelee stories or Olaf Stapledon, yet for all of the vast scale of what is going on, I still felt for the characters.
And of course like the first book the language is used to tell the story is wonderfully rich and textured.
Yes I really did enjoy this story and I would say that it more than makes up for the the slightly weak and odd ending to first book.
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