Every once in a while, a book comes along that eclipses ma ...more
This was my reaction to the reveal of Moneta's identity. I guess when you have both time and space continuum at your disposal, you can create all kinds of crazy twists. I am at awe how Simmons can step across genre boundaries and dazzle in multiple literary planes. I have known him as a master horror storyteller, and now he is up there with Herbert and Asimov in the field of mind-blowing sci-fi. Hyperion and its sequel are more like two parts of one book, so I would definitely recommen ...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.
I do like epic elements in Science Fiction. It all depends ...more
Simmons manages to make his version of The Pilgrim's Progress a fascinating journey of unusual tales that are as similar to each other as they are different. He comes up with some very imaginative ideas of how the pilgrims have been lead to Hyperion and what they think they are expected to do there, as well as their various experiences with the Shrike. The tales are perfect to read as stand alone stories, but together they create an interesting background for what is to come in The Fall ...more
Wat mij ook bevalt tov het vorige (min of meer) vergelijkbare SF boek wat ik heb gelezen (Collector) is dat het hier veel minder geforceerd overkomt. In Collector leek het alsof de schrijver je zijn 'geniale' wereld en afkortingen etc door de strot wilde duwen. Waardoor ik me er te bewust van bleef dat het allemaal ver ...more
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
The second book plays at drawing connections between the characters and events that played off in the first part. Confined primarily to the planet H ...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.
Dan Simmons makes great use of the genre in picking extremely diverse characters (even changes his writing style to adapt it to the respective POV) and throwing them together in an adventure beyond technobabble and laser beams. Some of its main themes touches existential and very interesting questions, which sets it aside from "mere" Sci-Fi.
After all its still just a book of a handful space adventurers , cha ...more
Dan received his Master ...more