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Preview — The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
The Rise of Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #4)
The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted mu...more
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
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
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
These last two books read more like a duology than the third and fourth installations of a series. The Cantos is often discussed in PrintSF, my sci-fi books discussions online community. The second half of the series tend to be quite polarizing. Some people love it, ...more
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
This book starts out as a travelogue (and the places are even more otherworldly and evocative ...more
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
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
From start to finish, The Rise of Endymion was a spiritual adventure. Raul is an endearing character, telling his story from within a Schrodinger Cat Box and awaiting his imminent death. There is nothing outstandingly special about him; barring his voluntary rejection of the cruciform and his firm dedication to protecting Aenea, he is virtually an almost worthless player in the story, who knows essentially as little as the reader. Yet the manner of the d ...more
Ok done.. Some things I liked, some I didn't.. I think in some points the author beats around the bush too much, I don't need all that information on religion and those way too detailed scenes with the Catholics or anything, but the series did need an ending and this gave it a decent one. Just didn't need all of it.. I think he maybe got carried away! lol
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.
The story follows straight on from Endymion and focuses on the final journey of Raul and Aenea to try to stop the PAX church from gaining total dominion over the hearts and souls of every human alive. It is told through the written account of Raul as he sits in a orbiting prison cell waiting f ...more
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
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
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
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
-The Hyperion series, as a whole, is excellent. The first book is one of the greatest works of science fiction to date. However, I think the sequels diminished its strengths. There was a TON of reinterpreting the past stories. It reminded me of the TV show Lost or the X-Files...it tried to tie up too many loose ends and it needed to modify the story to fit the ending.
-Seems like a lot of Alfred Bester inspiration here. "The Stars My Destination" was what came to mind immediate ...more
Hyperion I enjoyed. And for the rest of the series, the story, the characters, the drama-- everything just... declined.
When I read Hyperion, I had real investment in the characters-- making it through their quest alive (or not, but that's also a testament to how fantastic the story and character development were-- I had strong opinions about all of them), finding resolution, etc. By The Rise of Endymion, most of those characters ...more
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
The first three books consisted largely of high adventure, intergalactic politics, epic warfare and apolcayptic social collapse ...more