Les Voyages D'endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4)
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
This book starts out as a travelogue (and the places are even more otherworldly and evocative...more
Well, all questions are answered, but no, not really. This was just way too much reading and time invested.
But, I do wish I could erase all memories of the first Hyperion novel and read it over again. It really was spectacular.
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
As with the first duology, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, the second book is actually better than the first; Endymion set up the final confrontation between the Pax, the Ousters, and the TechnoCore, and the fina...more
This book explains a lot about what has been going on in the last three books (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion & Endymion), such as the...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
As Aenea grows into the "messiah" she was said to be from the beginning of Endymion, her message grows both more simple and more complex. Without spoiling it, I will say that her ultimate two-word message to humanity was among the wisest things I have heard a character in a s...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 problems are legion. The book is overlong, with huge sections that just serve no legitimate purpose, such as Raul's time in the Temple Hanging in Air. Simmons' extends his work as much as he can to give it an "epic" feel, bu...more
The first three books consisted largely of high adventure, intergalactic politics, epic warfare and apolcayptic social collapse...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
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
Dan Simmons in my humble opinion is a master of prose and description. There are surprises where you least expect them, parts that offer up hope for our species, as well as parts that tear at your guts as if the author is channeling his own creation, the Shrike.
Are all of our quest...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