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Hyperion Cantos (Hyperion Cantos #1-2)

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An omnibus edition containing Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion.
Hardcover, 929 pages
Published December 1989 by Doubleday & Co. Inc. Div Random Hou (first published 1989)
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Dan Schwent
Hyperion: On the eve of interstellar war between the Hegemony of Man and the barbarian Ousters over the fate of Hyperion, seven pilgrims embark on a journey to the Time Tombs and their mysterious protector, The Shrike, a three meter tall, four-armed monster covered with blades. One pilgrim will have his wish granted and the others will be impaled on the Shrike's Tree of Pain. Only one or more of the pilgrims isn't what he appears to be...

Every once in a while, a book comes along that eclipses ma...more
James
Hyperion
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
John Boettcher
The best syfy series I have ever read in my life. Bar none. There is absolutely NO ONE out there that can do what Simmons does.

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!
Neal Asher
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Rob
....These two vastly different looks at the same conflict make the books almost inseparable in my opinion. Putting them in one omnibus edition makes a lot of sense. Without the in depth looks at the motivations of the pilgrims Fall of Hyperion doesn't work well as a novel. On the other hand the ending of Hyperion is rather abrupt. There isn't really any sense of conclusion at the end of the book the see what the sacrifice the pilgrims are making is all about. I rarely read two books that are so...more
Willy Eckerslike
The phrase ‘epic sci-fi’ is a bit of an oxymoron; science fiction evolved from short stories & serialisations in periodicals such as Astounding; the best books, even those of a series, can always be read as stand-alone works and they are never over-long tomes. The same cannot be said for the two books in this omnibus. There is no doubt that Dan Simmons is a talented author with a fertile imagination and a consistent, well considered universe but neither book is a complete novel in its own ri...more
djcb
Dan Simmon's four /Hyperion/ books. Excellent space-opera, with allusions to all kinds of literary genres and books, such as Keats or the Canterbury Tales.

It's years back since I read the books, but I remember thoroughly enjoying them.
Tim
This story is beyond amazing!
I have never read anything like it before and it totally blew my mind!!

One of the rare few books that I just couldn't put down
Brian
Reading these two novels (published in one volume) was something of an emotional rollercoaster. At times I hoped for it to end, and I wanted to put the book down rather than continue experiencing the anxiety and hardships these characters endure. Other times I was fascinated by the universe Dan Simmons created, or inspired by the bond the characters built through shared adversity.

To produce such an empathetic response from the reader was probably one of the better results Simmons could have hope...more
Benjamin
This is a single volume that contains both Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion.

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
Mark
Hyperion Cantos
By Dan Simmons
Publisher: GuildAmerica
Published In: New York, NY, USA
Date: 1990
Pgs: 929

Summary:
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
Ann
Rarely do I enjoy hard Science Fiction novels. Some are so long and involved that I lose track amid all the new names and places and technologies. However, although I got lost a couple of times in this long series, The Fall of Hyperion proved to be worth the effort.

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
Ана Хелс
Хиперион се оказа, меко казано, спорна за мен като качества книга, тъй като е пропита до ушите с религиозни извращения на душата, съвсем реалистично близко бъдеще, обезкуражаващо съчетание на класическа човешка тъпота и преждевременно очовечени машинни съзнания, които по никакъв начин не се свързват нито с една моя емпатична клетка, а по-скоро прогарят картини на анихилация и унищожение в огън, каквото в крайна сметка се и случва, и за финал някакви философски епитафии от мъртви и неродени поети...more
Darius
In my opinion, "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" are excellent sci-fi novels. You can look at your experience of reading them in two ways. The first way is focusing on the process of reading when your general picture of the plot is still incomplete and you are always in the middle of some action. From this point of view you always look forward to the development of the plot, discover new traits of characters and the peculiarities of the depicted fictional world. The immersion into the altern...more
Susan Mclaughlin
On the eve of interstellar war between the Hegemony of Man and the barbarian Ousters over the fate of Hyperion, seven pilgrims embark on a journey to the Time Tombs and their mysterious protector, The Shrike. Mesmerizing storytelling. I have passed this book on to more people than any other. It's a mixture of the small private stories of the pilgrims journey and the interstellar battle overhead. Then there's the Shrike ... Generally not for the faint of heart. Bad things happen.
Matt
Nov 03, 2008 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tenacious bodybuilders
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I feel like a bit of an arse for not finishing this, but I'd been carrying the bloody thing around for ages (or more commonly leaving it behind because it was just too large) and things finally came to a head when I lugged it on holiday with me. I reasoned that surely I'd find time to read it in two 10 hour flights. But I didn't, and when I managed to lift it up for long enough to start reading (curse my limp liberal wrists), it didn't grab me enough that I could be bothered to keep doing so. So...more
Saint No Stopping Us

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.

Mguhin
Finally got around to this much discussed collection of the first 2 books in the 4 book series on Hyperion. I've been reading sci-fi or speculative fiction since childhood, and this, like so much of it, is full of interesting ideas and not so fabulous writing. It is supposed to be a loose retelling of the Canterbury Tales, but that is not the reason to read it. In the end, this is a long, somewhat over-written alt. future space opera in which the central ideas to me were how artificial intellige...more
Book-a-neer
Jul 29, 2014 Book-a-neer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jeremy Acord
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John
Epic in scope, featuring amazing and varied characters. Simmons, at times, had issues with meandering dialogue; this was no different, but the vibrancy of the characters was more than enough to keep me engaged throughout.

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
Susan Smith
The premise and scope of this book are really interesting, creative, and ambitious. Some aspects went a bit far for my tastes, like the long descriptions of various things and the extensive quoting of poetry. The pacing of the second book was uneven, too - I was much more interested in the pilgrims' stories than in the politics and scenes in the war room, and I thought the Keats persona dreaming everything that was happening with the pilgrims was forced as a narrative device. But it's an impress...more
!Tæmbuŝu
The Fall of Hyperion: KOBOBOOKS
Hyperion: KOBOBOOKS
Endymion: KOBOBOOKS
Rise of Endymion: KOBOBOOKS
Otb4evr
This is one of the best SF concepts out there. It is comprised of 2 different books. The first book is Hyperion and the 2nd book is The Fall of Hyperion. This is the story of 7 pilgrims heading to a distant world, Hyperion, where the Time Tombs reside. The Time Tombs were sent back through time from a distant future, but to what purpose? During the story, you will find out. Plus you will learn about Simmon's view of the future of our race. Fantastic series and highly recommended.
pierlapo  quimby
La miglior saga fantastica che abbia mai letto.
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.
David Shepherd
A large tome. The story is a little difficult to grasp at first, but it is worth persevering as the strands begin to knit together. The climax is particularly surprising, but ties up the threads quite nicely.

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.
Mike
wow! this book was incredibly hard going, particularly in the first half but I was never bored with it, and I'm glad I stuck it through to 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
Kyle
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this book (or more specifically the second of the two books within this omnibus).

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.
Riccardo Benussi
bello, bello, bello... non proprio fantascienza di quella pura, alla asimov per intenderci, ma 12isamente un libro di quelli che mi piacciono... che pu�� essere letto a vari livelli, dalla semplice storia alle implicazionini filosofico/religiose/etiche... 12isamente un libro che consiglio agli amanti della fantascienza... e qualcuno riconoscer�� degli elementi che hanno ispirato Matrix!
Liam Berry
Very entertaining if somewhat flawed. Simmons has a fantastic imagination, well put to use on a Banks style scale while dealing with actual humans rather than the Culture and the politics of AI development rather than painting them without the potential of threat. All in all a great wide-screen romp with several moments of real heart and a couple of continuity errors.
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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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