Every once in a while, a book comes along that eclipses ma...more
Seven hundred years in the future mankind is dispersed throughout the galaxy. Old Earth is long gone, the victim of an unfortunate incident involving a miniature black hole. The core of the Hegemony, the government of most of humanity, consists of the WorldWeb; planets that are connected by instantaneous transportation devices called farcasters. Planets that are not yet connected by farcaster must be reached by starship. Although most starships are equipped with faster-than-light Hawking...more
There are no words that are adequate to describe these four books. I am not even going to try. I read all four and tried to write semi-competent reviews about them when I read them and feel I did a terrible injustice to these books.
If you read the first one, you will read all four and NOT be disappointed. There is nothing more to say!
It's years back since I read the books, but I remember thoroughly enjoying them.
To produce such an empathetic response from the reader was probably one of the better results Simmons could have hope...more
The former is an incredible achievement. The universe Simmons created is, in and of itself, worthy of significant attention, but he populates it with incredibly interesting characters that have significant depth and soul. On this foundation, he builds deeply moving stories that cut to the heart and push the boundaries of human experience. Each story is ultimately about loss, and their summaries can only come across as c...more
By Dan Simmons
Published In: New York, NY, USA
Humanity has left Earth behind. Thanks to FTL and wormhole tech, humanity has reached out to the stars and made new homes, united under the Hegemony. Hyperion and the labyrinth worlds hold secrets though...secrets and monsters. The Shrike a multi armed killing organic machine worshipped by some, feared by all, walks Hyperion awaiting the end of the world or its next victim, depending on...more
I have only been aware of Dan Simmons as a horror novelist, but when I came across a review for this book on a book blog, I decided it looked interesting enough to give it a go. I'm glad I did. The novel is complex and completely ima...more
Eight out of ten.
On the world of Hyperion, there waits a creature called the Shrike housed in the Time Tombs. Worshipped and despised the Shrike waits patiently. Seven pilgrims set forth seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. One may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
And make no mistake, this is as much a character story as it is sci-fi. The tale of Sol, and his travails with his daughter (no more to be said lest I venture into spoiler territory) honestly brought me to tears...and I am a man that just does not cry. I adored this story, even...more
Scritto magnificamente dalla prima all'ultima parola, zeppo di personaggi memorabili e di idee a dir poco geniali.
La Fantascienza al suo massimo.
E no, non sono d'accordo sul fatto che i seguiti non sarebbero all'altezza dei primi due volumi: Endymion e Il risveglio di Endymion devono essere letti per comprendere appieno le vicende e godere fino in fondo della smisurata inventiva di questo straordinario scrittore.
The individual stories of the characters in the first part of the book are interesting in themselves.
This was a book I started, stopped and picked up again becuase of its sheer size. Worth it in the end.
first time I've read a Dan Simmons book and they seems to be a very similar experience to what I have with Stephen king - very longwinded and spending a lot of time going round the houses rather than progressing the story, but well worth sticking with
The first book giving the background on how each character had been chosen was very enjoyable and I raced through it, but then I feel it lost the pace in the second book and whilst the plot twists and ideas were interesting, I never could get into the world being created.