The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4)
The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted mu...more
As I’ve reported in my previous reviews of this series there were times where it seemed as if my gray matter was going to be permanently fried by this epic sci-fi story. I finally got through to the end with most of my marbles still in the bag they came in.
It’s almost impossible to give a summary of this without spoiling the previous book so I’ll just say that Aenea and Raul Endymion continue their interstellar journey to fulfill her ultimate destiny as the powerful forces of a corrup...more
I have to admit, I was skeptical for the first half of this book. It wasn't urination-inducing good like the first two and I actuall...more
Too much philosophizing. Too much useless description, too much exposition of the "science" behind why the characters were able to do what they did. The plot "twist," if it was meant to be one, was pretty damned obvious immediately.
Again, de Soya was much more compelling than any of the major characters, and he's relegated to an even less important role in this book. SO DISAPPOINTING. He may be one of my favorite characters...more
Series: 12/8/04 - 6/10
The Hyperion Cantos started off very promising. The first book is like a sci-fi version of The Canterbury Tales, with detailed personal looks at each individual character, each with different tones. Some of the stories were better than others, but all were good - the Sol Weintraub / Rachel story in particular was very haunting. The story is a creative look at 700 years in the future with very detailed worlds and cultures, mostly touched on in passing in the ch...more
This one is quite a page turner and the action is kept tight and consistent throughout the narrative, with the great majority of chapters focused on the development of Endymion and Anea's...more
Dan Simmons can write. There is no doubt about that. But The Rise of Endymion did not seem to be Dan Sim...more
Dan Simmons had in a way left a lot of things unexplained at the end of the second Hyperion - perhaps the intended original tale-length. The added complication in the last two books is often contrived and irrational. Yet, one only realizes while reading the last book how much was unresolved in Hyperion and how the entire story makes more sense because of the explana...more
Centuries after the events chronicled in Hyperion, the novel which began the series of which The Rise of Endymion is the fourth, human culture in the galaxy has changed dramatically, apparently returning to an archaic form. Through its monopoly of the cruciform, a parasitic, cross shaped piece of nanotechnology which makes it possible to reconstruct a person's personality and memory in a new body after death, the Catholic church has become the...more
(view spoiler)[In the end,...more
Throughout my time with Simmons's spectacular series, I couldn't help but mentally contrast it with Frank Herbert's much revered Dune series. I read the later e...more
The story—three centuries later. A new chap enters the scene, his job is to bring a new messiah (a little girl, related to the first novels), i...more
I was very disappointed by the end of the series. There was little of the adventure that made Endymion fun, there was significantly more of the metaphysical mumbo-jumbo that detracted from Fall, and what soul the book possessed was only a pale imitation of the depth that made Hyperion great.
I appreciate what Simmons was trying to do, and he is a phenomenal writer, but this falls short. Raul degenerates into a simple-minded plot device. Aenea's transition from a childish and...more
If I learned anything with the first two Hyperion books, it is don't even think of this as a separate book. It is a continuation of Endymion, so I went ahead and picked up both books at the same time.
Obviously, the Shrodinger's box has not yet killed Raul Endymion, so he continues to document the events as they unfold from the last book. I won't give anything away, except to say that this book explains almost everything that might not have been clear in t...more
As an aside, I wouldn't brand Simmons an ant...more
Overall, I liked books 3 and 4 but not nearly as much as 1 & 2. A major problem I had with them was the feeling I got that I was reading a fantasy/scifi book rather than a scifi book. The first 2 books had been straight-up space opera science fiction, and some of the best of that genre that I have read. So, reading this set with that expectation, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed.
Putting aside that criticis...more
The Fall of Hyperion
The Rise of Endymion
(These are so good I will review them individually)
The writing is a mix of present and past tense and compiled as a collection of character stores that intermix throughout the over-arching story. It is an awesome feat of literary wonder site in the far future of humanity and will leave you breathless when the last page is turned. The environments, the technology, the wonders, the sociology...more
“Триумфът на Ендимион” решително стъпва в посока разкриване на картината. Техноцентърът малко по малко излиза наяве, докато Мирът методично започва да избива прокудените с усъвършенствани архангелски кораби, чиито безсмъртни екипаж сеят смърт с невиждан размах. Енея и Рол се разделят, след като той трябва да поеме на важна мисия да върне кораба на Консула, оставен да се саморемонтира на нез...more
This book starts out as a travelogue (and the places are even more otherworldly and evocative...more
Don't get me wrong: Dan Simmons did not fail to provide a great story. He filled in the blanks, answered the questions, and completed the circle. But unlike the previous three, which i enjoyed immensely, this one seemed to ramble. Information dumps were all over the place, and at times I felt b...more
"The Rise of Endymion" adequately answers most of the mysteries of the prece...more
As the finale to the series, this book winds up the foursome in a whirlwind. And it unexpectedly brought tears to my eyes with the strength of the ending. The first 3 books were very good indeed but this one was the best.
Told as recollection by a prisoner in the ultimate prison (in a Schrödinger's cat capsule in orbit around an abandoned star) the story ranges from love story to religious corruption to art retreats (and their pitfalls) to the nature (and innate power) of information and life in...more
Anyway, I did it. In fact, I stayed up rather late last night to finish it, because I really, really wanted to get to the end again.
Spoilers ahead for the first three books. Actually, spoilers for this book, too....more
That was a mistake.
Maybe if I had taken a brief Dan Simmon hiatus, I wouldn't have felt I was slogging through world after world that bore little impact on the plot. This book seemed t...more