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Hyperion Cantos (Hyperion Cantos #1-2)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,912 ratings  ·  85 reviews
An omnibus edition containing Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion.
Hardcover, 929 pages
Published May 1990 by Doubleday & Co. Inc. Div Random Hou
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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
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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
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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
Richard
When the opening paragraph of a novel contains references not only to an "ebony spaceship", "a forest of giant gynosperms", and an "interdiction field", but also to Rachmaninov's Prelude in C-sharp minor, it's safe to assume that the reader is in for some fairly expansive fiction. The two books that make up The Hyperion Omnibus do not disappoint this expectation, and in many ways surpass it, weaving an impressive breadth of influences and references to, for example, the poetry of Keats and Catho ...more
Edward Davies
HYPERION
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
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Tecni
Como el cerrojo de un penal. Lo que uno espera tras enfrentarse a una obra de esta envergadura en un idioma impropio es que, por lo menos, le guste para que el cerebro compense el esfuero y el tiempo dedicados. Otras veces el resultado no ha sido tan bueno y uno tiende a deprimirse y pensar cosas feas, pero lo de esta vez ha sido arrebatador. Hoy tenía intención de leer apenas una horita y ya terminarlo el fin de semana, pero no he podido evitar continuar hasta que se han terminado las páginas, ...more
DulleNL
Het eerste boek was wat te gefragmenteerd door de vele 'short stories', waardoor de rode draad te veel naar de achtergrond werd gedrukt. Maar zodra het 2e boek begint gaat het los.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Carmen
The first book in the omnibus felt like a collection of short stories, which I rather enjoyed. It gave you time to get acquainted with the world without being confined to one part of it for too long. This, however, led to little overarching story between the characters or events, but did not leave me unsatisfied with the conclusion of the first part.

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
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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
Todd
A monumental achievement, the Hyperion books are the work of pure genius. Simmons is an extremely talented author, who writes in multiple genres at the same high level of quality.
Book-a-neer
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Jeremy Acord
Mar 12, 2011 Jeremy Acord is currently reading it
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Ruth
A couple hundred pages could have been left on the editing floor, but it was nice to read an epic. I enjoyed the scifi take on The Canterbury Tales.
Remy
Amazing and staggering. Never stopped wondering or feeling, from the first word to the last.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hyperion Cantos (4 books)
  • Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
  • The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2)
  • Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3)
  • The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #4)
Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1) The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #2) The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #4) Endymion (Hyperion Cantos, #3) The Terror

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