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Les Voyages D'endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4)

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This conclusion of the Hyperion saga (Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion, and Endymion) finds Raul Endymion, Aenea, and M. Bettik still on the run from agents of both the Pax and the TechnoCore. But Aenea is reaching maturity, clearly growing into the messiah who will one day bring down the church and stop "the resurrection." One answer lies in Aenea's blood, which she shares with...more
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Kemper
I survived!

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
Dan Schwent
After four years on Old Earth, Raul Endymion resumes the voyage on the river Tethys to find the Consul's ship. Meanwhile, Aenea leaves Old Earth behind to find her destiny. In addition to hunting for the One Who Teaches, The Pax launches a Crusade to wipe out the Ouster menace once and for all. Will Aenea fulfill her destiny and end the Pax's reign once and for all?

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
Rachel
This book could have been half the length and I would have been thrilled.

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
Elizabeth
I put off reading Endymion/Rise of for a long time (like several years) because a lot of people I knew seemed not to think much of them and I already wasn't quite as impressed with Fall of Hyperion as the Chaucerian original. If anything the events in this book are a huge payoff for what I remember as the sort of abstract and confusing bits of Fall of... and in a way having that huge time span in my own reading parallels nicely the elegant way in which Simmons manages this incredibly densely plo...more
Brian
The scene where Corporal Bassin Kee is undergoing torture at the hands of the Grand Inquisitor , who uses a machine that simulates "crushed testicles" and "hot wire behind right eye" in the victim's brain ... that's a good approximation of the experience I had reading this book. There's Dan Simmons sitting at his desk, finger poised over a computer keyboard. In the place of letters, each key has a different literary torture: "moldy info dump forced down throat", "insufferable protagonist buzzes...more
Rowena
This is the last book of Simmons' Hyperion Cantos and arguably, the most moving. Raul, Aenea and A. Bettik have settled on Old Earth for the last four years but young Aenea knows it is time to leave and they must part ways. Raul is sent on a mission to retrieve the Consul's old spaceship (probably one of my favorite "characters" in the entire series) and Aenea and A. Bettik journey on so that the girl can spread her wisdom, so to speak, and to continue constructing her architectural wonders on a...more
Whitney
Boy does this book disappear up its own butthole halfway through. I've always said, if there's one thing I love its pages and pages worth of metaphysical explanation of imaginary science fiction macguffins that in case you were wondering, do not actually exist, and therefore lack any sort of educational value which the reader might obtain from a similarly dry lecture on a real scientific subject. Anyway.

This book starts out as a travelogue (and the places are even more otherworldly and evocative...more
Stephen
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites (along with the other three books of the Hyperion Cantos). In my opinion, along with the Dune series, the Hyperion Cantos is the best SF space opera series ever written and Dan Simmons is one of the best writers working today. Hyperion is a recognized classic in SF, but I believe that the other three books in the Cantos, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion and this novel are equally superb and I think readers are really missing out if they stop at the first...more
Josh
Dan Simmons’s novels are complex, abstract, and intricately woven in both form and style. His capstone novel for the Hyperion cantos, The Rise of Endymion, is no exception to this. Like its predecessor Endymion, The Rise of Endymion follows Raul Endymion, Aenea, and A. Bettik as they support Aenea in completing her mysterious mission. Despite his writing prowess, Dan Simmons has two problems: first, he is far too verbose in some areas and too scant in others. Second, his endings are often crude...more
Daniel
The closing volume of the Hyperion series had a huge emotional impact on me. By now, I cared about the new characters, and the fates that they meet at the end of the series are serious, and sometimes difficult to read. Simmons also brings his ideas to full fruition, and posits some interesting observations about humanity and our place in the Universe. This is thoughtful, adventurous fiction. I will return to it for the rest of my life.
Bill
It was inevitable. Hyperion was just too damn good not to bite the bullet and read the last installment and get full closure on what everything means. So, at the end of it all, was it all worth it?
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.
Michael
If you trudged through the first three novels in the Hyperion series, Rise of Endymion offers a beautifully crafted and satisfying conclusion. Just about all of the plot threads are finally woven together, major questions answered, and characters' stories wrapped up in a hopeful, but utterly bittersweet package.
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
David
Sep 26, 2012 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: AIs, Roman Catholic starship captains, girl messiahs
Like Endymion, this is a solid 3.5 stars. The conclusion to the four-book Hyperion Cantos is quite epic, and I am still trying to figure out why it just didn't wow me. I liked it okay, but I know a lot of people who love this series and periodically reread it, and I have no desire to.

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
Lobdozer
This is the fourth and last part of what is usually called the "Hyperion Cantos" series (actually two duologies), and all in all the instalment I enjoyed the least. It goes on where the previous book left off; describing Paul, Bettik and Aenea's (surprisingly dull) years on Old Earth and subsequently Aenea's rise to become the "messiah" she is destined to become.

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
Cip
Very disappointed with the conclusion of the series. Halfway through the book I paused and checked to make sure I wasn't reading Twilight. The evolution into a love story was forced and I felt absolutely none of the chemistry and undying love and loyalty that was supposed to have grown between Raul and Aenea. On top of that, her repeated response of "I'll explain later" to a lot of the plot-hole seeming sections were never actually explained! The sex scenes were unnecessary and just seemed like...more
Donald

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
Andrew
I could not have asked for a more perfect conclusion to this series of books. Simmons really outdid himself with this thoughtful, contemplative, action-packed, moving and ultimately deeply, richly philosophical masterpiece.

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
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I was eager to finish the story started in Hyperion, and while I had to splurge to do it (the library did not carry it, so I actually had to pay for this one), I was somewhat disappointed with the finale.

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
James Aguilar
I did not like this book. Simmons did with it what he did with fall of Hyperion. We spend entirely too much time focused on characters we don't care about (Cardinal Mustafa, for example -- it was Meina Gladstone (view spoiler) in Fall). Rise gets way too explainy, and not actiony enough. The fact that Aenea is an architect doesn't help. Are you ready for chapters full of descriptions of imaginary worlds that serve no purpose but to satisfy Simmons' world-building wanker...more
Christopher
THE RISE OF ENDYMION is the fourth and final volume of Dan Simmons' Hyperion saga and the conclusion of the storyline begun in ENDYMION. I only plodded through that book because I wanted to reach the end, and with THE RISE OF ENDYMION even that motivation almost dried up.

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
Greg
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Mitchell
The first book I read this year was Dan Simmons' Hyperion, which in turn led to The Fall of Hyperion and Endymion, comprising what I believe is one of the most well-written and compulsively readable science fiction adventures of our age. I really grew to love these books and the fascinating universe they contain, so it was a bit of a bummer that the last book fell apart.

The first three books consisted largely of high adventure, intergalactic politics, epic warfare and apolcayptic social collapse...more
Profundus Librum
A könyv hemzseg a különféle apró tényanyagoktól, utalásoktól, főleg a keresztény (majd buddhista) teológia, mitológia, biológia, építészet, zen-filozófia és a költészet témaköreiben, de a negyedik részben a hegymászás és a geológia illetve a mesterséges- és a természetes-evolúció is jelentős szerepet kap. Kijelenthető, és az olvasók többségére szintén igaz lehet, hogy a fenti témák nem feltétlenül esnek egybe a legfőbb érdeklődési körömmel, ezért a tudásom is minimum megkérdőjelezhető eme témákb...more
Oscar
Dan Simmons está siendo un escritor que cae en los típicos trucos de los escritores de best-sellers al uso. Es decir, engordar y engordar su obra como si la tuviesen que vender a peso. Entre ‘Endymion’ y ‘El ascenso de Endymion’ suman más de 1100 páginas, de las cuáles sobran fácilmente 500 páginas. Pero esto no es lo peor, porque me imagino al bueno de Simmons con su manuscrito de 3000 páginas, viéndose obligado por su editorial a recortarlas y depurarlas para su posterior venta, lo veo quitand...more
Benjamin
Mild spoilers follow.

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
Dave Musicant
I won't go as far as to say that Simmons jumped the shark by the end, but wow, this series really fell far from the stunningly amazing first book. The story in this book definitely had some decent moments, but it had a lot of dumb ones too. I don't have a lot of patience for a sequel that says, repeatedly, "Oh, that explanation of xxxx that you got in a previous book? The person who told you that was lying, and the _real_ story is different." This book felt at times to me like BSG in that Simmon...more
David Mcangus
The Cantos ends with its most ambitious entry. It is due to this ambition however, that the book doesn't quite reach the potential that the previous novels hinted at. Nevertheless it's still a satisfying and rewarding tale that I would encourage readers of the previous books to pick up, as it does a remarkable job at finishing the story.

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
Travis
Apr 10, 2012 Travis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who appreciates good story
Recommended to Travis by: A Friend
Shelves: science-fiction
Absolutely amazing. I've given this book 5 stars, not on it's own merits as a novel but on it's merits when taken as the final chapter in one of the best Science Fiction tales I have read since the incomparable Dune.

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
Brian
12/8/04 - 6/10

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
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Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and 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,...more
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