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The Fall of Hyperion | [Dan Simmons]

The Fall of Hyperion

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe 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.
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Publisher's Summary

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-24-12
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"

    I'm in to epic sword and sorcery more than futurist space series, however this was an increasdable book. I was hooked in the first 5 mins and it only gets better!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Costa Mesa, CA, USA 06-17-10
    Michael Costa Mesa, CA, USA 06-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 03-02-09
    Ginger Birmingham, Al USA 03-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "This series is among the best Sci-Fi ever written"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    nancy campione 03-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Very different from Hyperion."

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. Rhoderick Frederick, MD USA 07-02-10
    J. Rhoderick Frederick, MD USA 07-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Spectacular Conclusion"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 10-24-13
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 10-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    "A very long fall"
    What did you like best about The Fall of Hyperion? What did you like least?

    I was just curious on how the epic tale of Hyperion was going to be continued. I listened through it and I found it just a little bit too long. The story does however develop nicely and a new things come up just like in a good series.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll need a little break before listening to the next book. ;o)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 10-15-13
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "You're not in Kansas anymore!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book and listening experience has to rank in my top 10 Bar None!
    The vision of the future with all of its potential for good and dangers as put for by Dan Simmons can only be described as genius.

    I have always rated audio books by the level of excitemet i feel when getting into my car and by the amount of time i will sit in my driveway when coming home because i want to hear what comes next! when it came to The Fall Of Hyperion i almost lived in my car until it was done. Which by the way was a long, long time. If there is negative concept with this book it is it's length. 3/4 of the way through you wonder if it will ever conclude...and yet, you want to know what happens with each and every character.

    To describe this as an Epic story is an understatement; I think it almost borders on spiritual.

    It is clear that Simmons has a fantatic grasp on some very diverse fields. He lost me about a dozen times with various concepts of quantom physics and time travel; he interjects poetry with excellent timing...he even seems to understand the machinations and theories of the Catholic Church!
    His descriptive prose is so spot-on and yet so flowing and beautiful you really feel you are seeing his visions.

    I highly recommend this book. Please note: you cannot read/listen to The Fall Of Hyperion without first taking on Hyperion...By the way, when you do make sure you look for the Wizard of Oz references!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 09-24-13
    Katya A new york 09-24-13
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    "Good conclusion to Hyperion, but could be tighter"

    Overall gripping and enjoyable, it moved pretty well despite being on the long side. There are many threads to the story and Simmons does a pretty good job tying them up, although there are some loose ends that don't get totally resolved - maybe that's what the next novel is for?

    While some parts of the book dragged a bit but overall there was enough of a compelling plot to keep the reader very interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 05-28-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Fantastic Resolution to Hyperion!"
    Would you listen to The Fall of Hyperion again? Why?

    Maybe, but not before I listen to Endymion and The Rise of Endymion the nest 2 books in this great, great series. Best series I have read since Dune. Mind blowing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fall of Hyperion?

    The story arch and resolution of the Rachel story was very memorable, especially in the way it linked back to the other pilgrims. Not only well written but on the level with other great Sci Fi and Fantasy classics I have enjoyed over the years such as Lord of the Rings and Dune. Truly memorable.


    What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is a complex story rich in detail. Victor does such a good job (glad he is the reader on the next 2 books in the series) that he keeps you engaged throughout. Frankly if I read the book I might have missed some of the detail that he brought to life. Great job, on a par with Scott Brick who I also enjoy very much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is a relevant book, that is provocative and thought t provoking. It will make you re-consider politics, religion, technology, the environment, myth making and the quality and meaning of life itself. It is also the only Sci Fi I have every read that is so heavily poetry and literature referenced. I found that unique and compelling. As a lover of literature for many years, Simmons has almost created a new genre by referencing ideas and stores that are not typically part of Sci Fi. A very complex and multi-layered story on many levels.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I would recommend this book to my friends who are of an unquestioning religions mind and belief. I found the religious elements to the story very thought provoking but others may find it off putting, if they have never been asked to question their religious beliefs. I think ti is true with many elements of art, but some readers should just be aware of this before beginning the Hyperion Series. However if you have eve questioned history or the myths we all live with you will find this story fascinating and unique. I cannot recommend it highly enough! Enter the Time Tombs, Beware the Shrike!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-09-13
    Shawn Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting sequel, very different story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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