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The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)

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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.

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ebook, 528 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Spectra (first published February 1990)
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Micah Sisk The first two books are a complete unit. The later two books take place (IIRC) hundreds of years later and revolve around a whole new set of main…moreThe first two books are a complete unit. The later two books take place (IIRC) hundreds of years later and revolve around a whole new set of main characters, and form their own separate whole, set in the same world/history. Think of the full Hyperion Cantos as a pair of duologies rather than one tetraology.(less)
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Kemper
"Nurse, this patient’s chart is very confusing.”

“Which patient, Doctor?”

“Uh..Mr. Kemper. He’s the one in the vegetative state.”

“Oh, that’s a very sad and odd case.”

“According to the patient history, he was admitted a few weeks ago with cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose and ears, but it seemed like he should recover. But yesterday he was brought in again, barely conscious and then he lapsed into a coma. The really odd thing is that I see no signs of injury or disease.”

“That’s right, Docto
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Markus
Buddy read with Athena, Desinka, Gavin & Kaora

"The Final Days are here, priest. The prophecies given to us by the Avatar centuries ago are unfolding before our eyes. What you call riots are the first death throes of a society which deserves to die. The Days of Atonement are upon us and the Lord of Pain soon will walk among us."

The shadow of war has fallen on the Web. The Ousters are initiating a full-scale invasion of the central planets of the Hegemony of Man. Chaos rules in the corridors o
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Apatt
May 16, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
The trouble with reading a book like The Fall of Hyperion is that whatever book I read next will likely seem like a load of ol' crap. In fact, in a Shrike-like manner this book traveled back in time and slashed my opinion of the book I read prior to this one which now looks shabby by comparison.

The first Hyperion book ends on a (musical) cliff hanger, The Fall of Hyperion carries on from there though the first chapter is narrated in the first person by a "new" cybrid protagonist Joseph Severn. W
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Henry Avila
Aug 20, 2015 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brad
Nov 22, 2009 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Fall of Hyperion is a sequel. I swear. It says so right there on the cover of my mass market paperback, right above the cheesy artist’s rendering of Sol Weintraub presenting Rachel to a rather unimpressive Shrike.

But I’ll tell you, it sure doesn’t feel like a sequel. It feels more like the first book, the main book, of a series, and it makes Hyperion feel like a prequel -- a superior prequel, but a prequel nonetheless. And I really wish I had read The Fall of Hyperion before I read its pred
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Conor
Jan 09, 2016 Conor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While somewhat uneven at the start this book developed into an awesome story with some of the most distinct, memorable and well developed world-building I've ever read, interesting and sympathetic characters, a strong central plot, cool literary references (mostly stemming from Simmons' serious man-crush on John Keats) and some thought provoking philosophy (although Simmons loses marks for incorporating philosophy into the plot and world in an organic and interesting way rather than through a se ...more
Clouds

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
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Ashley
I’m a visual person. With me, things have to be neat, aesthetically pleasing, and in some sort of discernible order (even if that order is nothing but visually appealing chaos), otherwise I get cranky. I like charts and graphics and brightly colored pictures. This probably has something to do with the fact that I have synesthesia, specifically grapheme color synesthesia. For me, everything has a color, and in turn, colors provoke emotions. My brain also automatically attempts to visualize intan ...more
Kaora
The Fall of Hyperion, a sequel to Hyperion, although it doesn't feel like it. The first book was mainly about the history of the pilgrims, and this one has a new protagonist named Joseph Severn, who dreams of the pilgrims. As a result I struggled to get into this one, as I was more interested in the fates of the pilgrims than this new character. There were long sections of dialogue as Joseph sits in on war briefings, which I found uninteresting.

However I feel about halfway through the tides chan
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Ian
The narrator, Victor Bevine, is one of my favorites. He narrates all the other audio versions of the Hyperion Cantos, including the first, dramatized version of Hyperion itself. I gave five stars to the underlying written work. I only subtract a star for this audiobook because Mr. Bevine isn't quite up to the task of doing all the characters--particularly all the Shrike Pilgrims--by himself. Still, this audiobook is a great way to re-read Fall of Hyperion.

Merged review:

Having read Hyperion and F
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Gavin
Dec 18, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Fall of Hyperion picks up directly after the cliffhanger ending to Hyperion. The pilgrims have reached the fabled Time Tombs, which are opening, and await their confrontation with the mysterious Shrike. The confrontations, when they came, made for compelling reading. I was fairly happy with the way Simmons concluded each of the pilgrims tales. The pilgrims were as likable, or unlikable, as they were in the first book. Brawne Lamia and Colonel Kassad benefited from the most interesting story ...more
sologdin
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Stephen
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites. Viewed as one novel, the Hyperion Cantos (including Hyperion, this novel and the two subsequent novels) comprise, in my opinion, one of the GREATEST works of Science Fiction EVER WRITTEN. Space Opera on a epic scale. Detailed, original and incredibly imaginative world building and a dense, mind-blowing plot. Oh yeah, and it has one of the coolest characters/creatures ever devised...THE SHRIKE!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Winner: British Science Fiction Award f
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Mangrii
Jan 12, 2016 Mangrii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 / 5

Recogiendo el testigo del final de Hyperion, La Caída de Hyperion nos sitúa instantes después de los últimos sucesos, cuando nuestros peregrinos ya han alcanzado las Tumbas de Tiempo. En esta segunda parte de este primer ciclo de Los Cantos de Hyperion, conoceremos el final de la aventura de nuestros peregrinos, tendremos la aparición de nuevos personajes con mucho más protagonismo y descubriremos que una gran amenaza asola a la Hegemonía, el gobierno de la Red.

A través del cibrido Josep
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Kane
Jan 29, 2011 Kane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you have to have read Hyperion fool
There are few words that strike more fear in the hearts of Über-Intellectuals (as defined in my review of The Da Vinci Code, of all places) than the word “sequel”. Adored by Hollywood producers and publishing moguls alike for its low-risk, high profit profile, this extension of plot and character guarantees your presence for at least another act. Uber-Intellectuals, however, shun The Sequel for those same reasons; often rightfully so. If you can tell a story in one book, don’t tell it in two.

Be
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Joaquin Garza
yNunca debí haber dejado pasar dos años para terminar la duología de Hyperion. Si bien nunca olvidé el tamaño de la joya que es la primera parte, sí me olvidé de muchos detalles que bien pudieron haber estado más frescos.

De cualquier modo mi temor principal al leer la secuela no era ése, sino el hacer caso a las voces que decían que ésta decaía mucho al iniciar la secuela.

He de decir que sí decae al perder la estructura narrativa de los cuentos. Esas historias enmarcadas de Hyperion son maravil
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Geek Furioso
Sólo hay una cosa que me mosquea de este libro.... ¡NO HABER SABIDO JAMÁS EL NOMBRE DEL CÓNSUL!
Davor Petričević
Spoiler-free recenzija:
DEFINIRANJE VARIJABLE HYPERION

Prva knjiga je odlična uvertira u svemir Dana Simmonsa, ima sporiji tempo i služi za postavljanje određenih bazičnih stvari poput definiranja misterija i tehnologije, detaljnog i opširnog uvođenja likova i slično. Sve te priče imaju svoju svrhu i sve misterije koje prva knjiga donijela u ovoj dobivaju zadovoljavajući kraj, a opet ostavljeno je sasvim dovoljno prostora za nove nastavke. Doduše, neke stvari su objašnjenja načelno i vjerujem da ć
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Rob
Executive Summary: While the ending was satisfying the book as a whole wasn't nearly as enjoyable for me as Hyperion. 3.5 stars, rounded down because it was just too slow at times.

Audiobook: After how great the audiobook for Hyperion was, this one was a bit of a letdown. Victor Bevine does a good job, but to go from an ensemble to a single narrator was hard. Given the structure of this book compared to the last, it makes sense to only have 1 narrator, but I wouldn't have missed it if they had on
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Andy
Sep 02, 2007 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy-sci-fi readers into 19th century poetry.
A friend gave me these books (the Hyperion/Endymion series) about six years ago. They're more 'fantasy' science fiction - other worlds, alien races, etc - than 'hard' science fiction (by that I mean, could happen here and now) so I found them interesting, but you've got to like this style of material to get thru it. This book could have told it's story in half the space and still have been just as compelling - if not more so. If you want to ponder the philosophical meanings of existence, these a ...more
Maggie K
Jan 22, 2014 Maggie K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. So different from the first book, but every bit as great, maybe even greater.

The time tombs are opening, and the universe will never be the same. Our Pilgrims, each with their own agenda, are standing between the destruction of humanity or its rebirth.

Can the CEO save the world? Is the info she's acting on correct? Are John Keats dreams enough? Do the Shrike really want a now newborn baby Rachel? How is the Catholic Church involved? Are the Ousters our enemy or our friend? Are the AI's real
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Alvin
Sep 17, 2012 Alvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I had to force myself to try to read this, in the same vein I forced myself to finish Ice Station Zebra. For a Hugo winning novel, a have to ask why?

Characterization: Its been 4 years since I read the original, which sets up the 7 characters whose stories conclude in this novel. Perhaps its the long interlude, but I simply did not care what happens to each of them. And it doesn't help that many of them become incapacitated or go missing early in the novel. For that matter one of the main v
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Evan Leach
Hyperion is a modern sci-fi classic, and the sequel does it full justice. The action picks up right where the first book left off, with the pilgrims entering the time tombs as they search for the enigmatic Shrike. Unlike book one, which borrowed its structure from The Canterbury Tales, the plot unfolds more or less linearly as the pilgrims’ quest comes to a resolution and the galactic conflict between the Hegemony, the Ousters, and the AI Core heats up.

I don’t think these first two Hyperion boo
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Alex
Mar 17, 2009 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rented
After enjoying Hyperion more then I thought I would because it turned out to be a book you can think about a little as well as just enjoy for the story, this was a let down. The whole Canterbury Tales deal was jettisoned, and it was mostly running around and space battles and Keats (yeah, I'm not sure why Keats either... I can't even think of a reason that there would be an organic shift from Chaucer to Keats). So basically what you got was your average space opera mixed in with some literary al ...more
Azumi
Jan 26, 2016 Azumi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando te enfrentes a un espadachín hazlo con una espada\\ No ofrezcas un poema a nadie salvo a un poeta//

Los Cantos de Hyperion es una historia grandiosa, y quizás por eso mismo me ha quedado la sensación de que me he perdido cosas, de que hay cosas que no he entendido (view spoiler).

Pero aún así y todo he disfrutado mucho con la lectura. Lo que más me ha gustado sin lugar a dudas so
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Jamie B
Feb 23, 2015 Jamie B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've decided to keep this review brief as I'm not even sure where to start with this one. A few things coming towards the end of the story left me a little confused but I still really enjoyed it nonetheless, a little less than I enjoyed the first one but it was still a great book. The world, characters and story were captivating the whole way through it, I just found that I may have been expecting a better/more fleshed out ending for some reason. Still found it was a good read and definitely rec ...more
Bee
Sep 09, 2016 Bee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, as one story.

So this is how you write the best sci-fi and space-opera?

I can't review this.. there's just too much. Honestly one of the best things I’ve ever read. It reminds me of Steven Erikson's Malzan Book of the Fallen in it's amazing scope and complexity, and in tackling very large chunky moral topics without ever making you the reader feel like you're being told a moral tale or talked down to.

There is really good characterization, whethe
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Alexander Páez
Uf, enorme desenlace. Va a costar mucho encontrar una lectura que se aproxime al nivel de Los cantos de Hyperion.
Jon
Nate
Jan 03, 2015 Nate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
Lately my reading tastes have been finicky and sporadic and weird and ADD-ridden and so I avoid reading a bunch of books by the same author. I'm not even saying this like "I'm too good to be pinned down by one series!" or anything like that, I just literally have been impatiently searching for new literary highs lately. I've certainly gotten a few of those but I haven't really been compelled to spend a ton of time on one series until I read Hyperion. The combination of it being a blisteringly aw ...more
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Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional "Elm Haven" in 1991's SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002's A WINTER HAUNTING. Dan received a B.A. in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art.

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