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)
I tend to consider this book and Hyperion as a single book. Broken in two because it would be too heavy as a single book, or too intimidating for many people. So, my review for Hyperion is also my review for Fall of Hyperion.
I first read this book years and years ago. One of my first forays into "hard" sci-fi. I loved it. I've revisited many books I read way-back-when, and sometimes find myself disappointed. Not Hyperion or Fall of Hyperion. Still as good. Still as thought provoking. I liked how each character had their own voice, it was well done. Very smooth transitions, voices at the same volume. Not at all like the "dramatic readings" I've listened to before. I did not like the voice of Martin Silenus, the poet. He annoyed me. But maybe that was the point of casting that particular voice actor, Martin Silenus is a very annoying character.
I love all things sci fi, fantasy, history, and philosophical. I have read many books on all these subjects, but audible opens everything up in a whole new light for me. Love it!!!!
A perfect sequel to Hyperion. You can't ask for a better follow up!
The speech between Uman, Keets, and Lamia. It really opens up the true depth of the story and bends your mind to a new way of thought.
He does a great job of bringing each character to life and really helps to keep you inline on who's who.
There is another.
This book to futurifics to a new level, and while we have to be willing to suspend belief quite often I think it is well worth it.
I put this book into the space opera category, but I cannot point to any books directly that are like this book. Aspects religion, and politics mixed with future tech, sorcery of sorts and poetry put the Hyperion books into their own categories .
Difficult to say ...
I would have loved that, but at 7 hours ?
"Fall of Hyperion" is something you probably should-buy if the first volume of the series left you interested enough to finish the original story. That said, either Mr. Simmons' editor should have used a heavier hand or the structure of this novel inherently does not translate well into the audiobook format.
Unlike "Hyperon", "Fall of Hyperion" departs from the frame story structure and meanders among a large cast of parallel characters and locations. While many of these diversions and discussions help to flesh out the overall Hyperion universe and provide nuance and detailed background to the happenings they do not do much to move the main plot forward.
To put it simply - I found much of "Fall of Hyperion" to be boring. The overall story and universe are fantastic and very well realized but the author's general wordiness, the passive nature of the majority of the scenes in the book, and the number of parallel background storylines and characters really made feel a bit apathetic about novel as a whole. There was just too much 'downtime' to hold my interest in the main story for almost 30 hours and it was a bit of a struggle to get through.
To help you calibrate to my probably simplistic tastes and love of instant gratification, I will admit to feeling the same way about "Fall of Hyperion" as I do about much of the Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. It's an epic story that unforunately gets bogged down by the sometimes lengthy and unecessary description of the surrounding universe and background details.
Hyperion is a great introduction, but the reader is left wanting to know what actually HAPPENS on the journey these folks are making. This book addresses that, and does so in a very exciting manner.
The overall story is a well thought out vehicle for the moving and engrossing personal narration of each Pilgrim’s tail. The science fiction elements of the story are interesting and are artfully used to enhance the emotional depth of the individual stories.
If I had to choose, my favorite characters would be the Professor and the poet. The professor for the touching nature of his story and the poet for his portrayal of the diversity and depravity of humanity.
This is an excellent book. It picks up right where Hyperion left off and fleshes out many of the more interesting characters and peoples from the first book. The pacing is excellent.
"fabric artist and quilter"
Dan Simmons has totally captivated me with this book - I am in total awe of his creativity - to be able to dream up a totally complete universe with fully functional technology that is years in our future is incredible. To then populate it with personalities both human and non-human that are rounded and completely believable is doubly incredible. To then write it beautifully shows incredible genius.
The story at times is challenging and nightmareish, at other times the action is swift and exciting. There are thoughtful episodes which will make me reflect for some time to come and there were touching and heart wrenching chapters which will remain with me for ever.
I was in search of a good sci fi story and found a tale that is among the best books I've ever read or listened to - it was excellently narrated by Victor Bevine who added another level of excellence to an already great book.
I hope the remaining two books in the Hyperion Cantos are as good - I would like to be awed again and knowing Dan Simmons I might well be!
Overall, the universe that Simmons creates is still intact. Butt he story takes us places that I found a lot less interesting than the previous book.
DISCLAIMER: Okay, look, Hyperion was a masterpiece. No matter what Simmons did here, it would be nearly impossible to hold up to the expectations we have set forth. In the end, I will try to be fair to this book (as it is still better than a lot, maybe even most, of the Science Fiction writtenin today's world). BUT, overall, the review will appear negative to the casual reader as I had a lot of qualms with where the story went. It's still not a horrible book by any means, just not what I wanted for the sequel to one of my favorite books...
DISCLAIMER 2: There are some mild spoilers that follow. For the most part they aren't explicit "this is what happened", but it does reveal some larger events that occur.
So, my first problem... The characters that made the first book so great (along with thier stories and the way that they formed the pieces to a much bigger puzzle), but in this book they are nearly relegated to the background until the ending. The book takes focus off of the main characters and even when we find out what they are doing it is filtered through the perceptions of a second Keats hybrid. Why don't we get to dive into the pilgrims POV any more? Especially when we grew so close to them in the first book. It really feels like what's happening with the pilgrims is "happening somewhere else" instead of being immediate. The fact is that what's happening with Gladstone and the invasion by "the Ousters" is far less interesting than the actual pilgrimage.
Because the above problem, this story feels MUCH slower (to me at least) than the last book. It just seems to crawl along at places.
Also, the Shrike. Maybe the most interesting and frightening science fiction "villain" of all time is relegated to nearly nothing here. I know that it's still a menace, but... Well, it/he is just not scary any more. And how he is destroyed... Simmons could have killed him ANYWAY. It was just like he ripped this ending out of thin air and suddenly the Shrike's awesomeness is relegated to nothingness. It made it nearly impossible to suspend my disbelief... In the end it was meaningless Deus Ex Machina.
Also, I was so interested to find out what happened to Rachel as well as some other mysteries from the last book (what, EXACTLY is the shrike for example). We do find out, eventually what happens to Rachel (and I will say that I even liked it) but it is not mentioned hardly at all until the end of the book... For the last book to leave this huge cliffhanger, it felt cheap to me to leave it to the end. Also, I have a lot of questions from the last book that I felt were largely left unaswered.
The ending was still good, and the book does tell a complete story. And Smmons is still a great author. From technical points to plotting a complete tale to charecterization that is believable, Simmons is better than a large percentage of published authors. Still, it wasn't the story I wanted to read...
No Spoilers this time, I promise :-)
I liked it, actually. One of the better parts of the book. I guessed the one twist that occurred, but I still liked it. I tend to guess twists when there are clues left out that might give them away. I "guessed" the ending of the sixth sense mid way through the first time I saw it. (not bragging here, just stating that I tend to see puzzle pieces that authors/screen writers/directors leave lying around -- So you may not guess the ending here although I did)
The idea of where the AI lives and how it functions was also well thought out. I liked that too.
Over all, the ending was satisfying and salvaged the book from being a waste for me, personally.
I liked the scene when Brom and Johnny meet with the AI Umon who is trying to manipulate events in the real world. For some reason, this scene kept me listening. I wanted to see what happened and understand why.
Not sure... Hyperion would make a great movie, I suspect. And you would have to wrap up the story that it started... BUT, the Fall of Hyperion is much slower in contrast, not to mention more abstract. Some of the ideas maybe hard to compose visually. Or at least that's my opinion (yep, we're all still entitled to our own...) Some visionary director might be able to make it work, but it would take real talent to accomplish.
Actors and actresses... Wow! That's tough... I'll try, but I'm horirble at this sort of thing...
Martin Silenis: Steve Buschemi
Brom Lamia: Michelle Rodrigez
Keats personnas: Cillian Murphy
Director Cybrids: Mary McDonnell OR Helen Mirren
Leigh Hunt: Željko Ivanek
the Consul: Harrison Ford
Saul Weintraub: Stanley Tucci
Okay, I'm done here, too many character to go on for too long...
This wasn't a bad book, it's simply that its predecessor was such a brilliant boook that it makes the expectations built up nearly impossible to meet in the sequel.
No. Definitely not as interesting as the first book. Loved "Hyperion"...confused and displeased by "The Fall of Hyperion"
The first book and the Fall of Hyperion are books with quite a few main characters. In the Audible performance of Hyperion, there were various voice actors, and the narration made it easier to follow along with a busy story. The second book (this one) takes one character, and look at the other characters through his eyes and dreams. And there is only one narrator. I apparently only put sections 1 and 3 onto my MP3 player...and I was more than an hour into section 3 before I realized I missed 1/3 of the book, I was that confused and had tuned out of paying close attention. Went back and got section 2...I would not have bought this book, had I known what it was like.
Great book, and well read, but it is a shame that they didn't continue with the full cast recording from Hyperion
Not much to add to other reviewers except that excellent doesn't begin to describe this book. But read "Hyperion" first as this book follows on right from the end of it. Narration was faultless too. What a great book. Strongly recommended.
On the book...
The fall of Hyperion is well named, with each new calamity coming after the last. I've just finished all four audiobooks, so I can't remember the exact details of this one - but I really liked them all!
I didn't really think much of the narrator - it sounded like English wasn't his first language maybe. He pronounced every single word - like 'to' and 'a' - fully, which - when you actually hear it done - is quite strange. He occasionally made little errors in pronunciation - saying the 'chasm' with a soft 'ch' sound - which is a bit weird - or maybe he just did the whole thing in one take without bothering to fix the error. He also pronounced 'Aargh' exactly as it is written, with a clear 'r' and then a hard 'g' sound on the end. No-one really says that when they scream - that's just obvious - again - weird. The thing I disliked the most though was his inability to portray anything other than a small range of emotions. Whenever he took on a woman's voice - there was one set tone - and any emotion - such as anger - was not portrayed at all - it was always just 'the soft woman tone'. The range of accents for the different characters was good - just a bit more attention to tone and emotion was needed.
"More great writing"
Brilliant sequel to Hyperion. Continues pretty well where the last one left off and reveals what happens at the Shrike 'Time Tombs' to the pilgrims. Superb characterisations by both the author and the narrator make this a great listening experience that has some amazing sci-fi concepts embedded in a truly rivetting story. I will definitely be investing in the two "Endymion" sequels. Highly recommended to people who enjoy intelligent Sci-fi.
Simmons is such a great talent.
Well informed y
Science fiction writing at its best
I listened to this audible version of the series around 6 months after I read the first in the series, and as a result, found it quite tricky to follow in places as there's so much complexity going on. So, essentially, make sure you read/audible this one as soon after the first as possible to keep up with it and get the most out of it.
The narrator is ok once you get used to the style an accent, ad seems to get better as the story moves on.
I think the first book was better, so I'm not so sure I will read the rest in the series.
"Good book but 10 hours too long!"
I enjoyed the first book but this one did go on a bit. The narrator was excellent and helped to keep my interest. Why does everything have to be about pain and suffering? I'm assuming it's a reference to religion and martyrdom but I could be reading way too much into it.
I love long books but this was way too long but something's just weren't explained fully enough which surprised me.
"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!
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