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The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  53,188 ratings  ·  1,677 reviews
On the world called Hyperion the mysterious Time Tombs are opening and seven pilgrims risk their lives to petition the entity called the Shrike - a creature that may well control the fate of all mankind.
Paperback, 535 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Gollancz (first published February 1st 1990)
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"Nurse, this patient’s chart is very confusing.”

“Which patient, Doctor?”

“Uh..Mr. Kemper. He’s the one in the vegetative state.”

“Oh, that’s a very sad and odd case.”

“According to the patient history, he was admitted a few weeks ago with cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his nose and ears, but it seemed like he should recover. But yesterday he was brought in again, barely conscious and then he lapsed into a coma. The really odd thing is that I see no signs of injury or disease.”

“That’s right, Docto
Buddy read with Athena, Desinka, Gavin & Kaora

"The Final Days are here, priest. The prophecies given to us by the Avatar centuries ago are unfolding before our eyes. What you call riots are the first death throes of a society which deserves to die. The Days of Atonement are upon us and the Lord of Pain soon will walk among us."

The shadow of war has fallen on the Web. The Ousters are initiating a full-scale invasion of the central planets of the Hegemony of Man. Chaos rules in the corridors o
Henry Avila
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The trouble with reading a book like The Fall of Hyperion is that whatever book I read next will likely seem like a load of ol' crap. In fact, in a Shrike-like manner this book traveled back in time and slashed my opinion of the book I read prior to this one which now looks shabby by comparison.

The first Hyperion book ends on a (musical) cliff hanger, The Fall of Hyperion carries on from there though the first chapter is narrated in the first person by a "new" cybrid protagonist Joseph Severn. W
The Fall of Hyperion is a sequel. I swear. It says so right there on the cover of my mass market paperback, right above the cheesy artist’s rendering of Sol Weintraub presenting Rachel to a rather unimpressive Shrike.

But I’ll tell you, it sure doesn’t feel like a sequel. It feels more like the first book, the main book, of a series, and it makes Hyperion feel like a prequel -- a superior prequel, but a prequel nonetheless. And I really wish I had read The Fall of Hyperion before I read its pred

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
The narrator, Victor Bevine, is one of my favorites. He narrates all the other audio versions of the Hyperion Cantos, including the first, dramatized version of Hyperion itself. I gave five stars to the underlying written work. I only subtract a star for this audiobook because Mr. Bevine isn't quite up to the task of doing all the characters--particularly all the Shrike Pilgrims--by himself. Still, this audiobook is a great way to re-read Fall of Hyperion.

Merged review:

Having read Hyperion and F
I’m a visual person. With me, things have to be neat, aesthetically pleasing, and in some sort of discernible order (even if that order is nothing but visually appealing chaos), otherwise I get cranky. I like charts and graphics and brightly colored pictures. This probably has something to do with the fact that I have synesthesia, specifically grapheme color synesthesia. For me, everything has a color, and in turn, colors provoke emotions. My brain also automatically attempts to visualize intan ...more
The Fall of Hyperion, a sequel to Hyperion, although it doesn't feel like it. The first book was mainly about the history of the pilgrims, and this one has a new protagonist named Joseph Severn, who dreams of the pilgrims. As a result I struggled to get into this one, as I was more interested in the fates of the pilgrims than this new character. There were long sections of dialogue as Joseph sits in on war briefings, which I found uninteresting.

However I feel about halfway through the tides chan
The Fall of Hyperion picks up directly after the cliffhanger ending to Hyperion. The pilgrims have reached the fabled Time Tombs, which are opening, and await their confrontation with the mysterious Shrike. The confrontations, when they came, made for compelling reading. I was fairly happy with the way Simmons concluded each of the pilgrims tales. The pilgrims were as likable, or unlikable, as they were in the first book. Brawne Lamia and Colonel Kassad benefited from the most interesting story ...more
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6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorites. Viewed as one novel, the Hyperion Cantos (including Hyperion, this novel and the two subsequent novels) comprise, in my opinion, one of the GREATEST works of Science Fiction EVER WRITTEN. Space Opera on a epic scale. Detailed, original and incredibly imaginative world building and a dense, mind-blowing plot. Oh yeah, and it has one of the coolest characters/creatures ever devised...THE SHRIKE!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Winner: British Science Fiction Award f
Jan 29, 2011 Kane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you have to have read Hyperion fool
There are few words that strike more fear in the hearts of Über-Intellectuals (as defined in my review of The Da Vinci Code, of all places) than the word “sequel”. Adored by Hollywood producers and publishing moguls alike for its low-risk, high profit profile, this extension of plot and character guarantees your presence for at least another act. Uber-Intellectuals, however, shun The Sequel for those same reasons; often rightfully so. If you can tell a story in one book, don’t tell it in two.

Davor Petričević
Spoiler-free recenzija:

Prva knjiga je odlična uvertira u svemir Dana Simmonsa, ima sporiji tempo i služi za postavljanje određenih bazičnih stvari poput definiranja misterija i tehnologije, detaljnog i opširnog uvođenja likova i slično. Sve te priče imaju svoju svrhu i sve misterije koje prva knjiga donijela u ovoj dobivaju zadovoljavajući kraj, a opet ostavljeno je sasvim dovoljno prostora za nove nastavke. Doduše, neke stvari su objašnjenja načelno i vjerujem da ć
Sep 02, 2007 Andy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy-sci-fi readers into 19th century poetry.
A friend gave me these books (the Hyperion/Endymion series) about six years ago. They're more 'fantasy' science fiction - other worlds, alien races, etc - than 'hard' science fiction (by that I mean, could happen here and now) so I found them interesting, but you've got to like this style of material to get thru it. This book could have told it's story in half the space and still have been just as compelling - if not more so. If you want to ponder the philosophical meanings of existence, these a ...more
Maggie K
Wow. So different from the first book, but every bit as great, maybe even greater.

The time tombs are opening, and the universe will never be the same. Our Pilgrims, each with their own agenda, are standing between the destruction of humanity or its rebirth.

Can the CEO save the world? Is the info she's acting on correct? Are John Keats dreams enough? Do the Shrike really want a now newborn baby Rachel? How is the Catholic Church involved? Are the Ousters our enemy or our friend? Are the AI's real
Evan Leach
Hyperion is a modern sci-fi classic, and the sequel does it full justice. The action picks up right where the first book left off, with the pilgrims entering the time tombs as they search for the enigmatic Shrike. Unlike book one, which borrowed its structure from The Canterbury Tales, the plot unfolds more or less linearly as the pilgrims’ quest comes to a resolution and the galactic conflict between the Hegemony, the Ousters, and the AI Core heats up.

I don’t think these first two Hyperion boo
Jamie B
I've decided to keep this review brief as I'm not even sure where to start with this one. A few things coming towards the end of the story left me a little confused but I still really enjoyed it nonetheless, a little less than I enjoyed the first one but it was still a great book. The world, characters and story were captivating the whole way through it, I just found that I may have been expecting a better/more fleshed out ending for some reason. Still found it was a good read and definitely rec ...more
Lately my reading tastes have been finicky and sporadic and weird and ADD-ridden and so I avoid reading a bunch of books by the same author. I'm not even saying this like "I'm too good to be pinned down by one series!" or anything like that, I just literally have been impatiently searching for new literary highs lately. I've certainly gotten a few of those but I haven't really been compelled to spend a ton of time on one series until I read Hyperion. The combination of it being a blisteringly aw ...more
DNF. I had to force myself to try to read this, in the same vein I forced myself to finish Ice Station Zebra. For a Hugo winning novel, a have to ask why?

Characterization: Its been 4 years since I read the original, which sets up the 7 characters whose stories conclude in this novel. Perhaps its the long interlude, but I simply did not care what happens to each of them. And it doesn't help that many of them become incapacitated or go missing early in the novel. For that matter one of the main v
After enjoying Hyperion more then I thought I would because it turned out to be a book you can think about a little as well as just enjoy for the story, this was a let down. The whole Canterbury Tales deal was jettisoned, and it was mostly running around and space battles and Keats (yeah, I'm not sure why Keats either... I can't even think of a reason that there would be an organic shift from Chaucer to Keats). So basically what you got was your average space opera mixed in with some literary al ...more
Hyperion pretty much ended in a cliffhanger. The Fall of Hyperion picks up where part one left off, and for once, I found the second volume to be better than the first. Simmons doesn't let each character take over an entire section of the book this time, but divides chapters among many different characters, shifting from Hyperion to the homeworlds of the Hegemony and giving us both the big picture of the war against the Ousters (and eventually, the hostile AIs of the TechnoCore) and a resolution ...more
The Hyperion Cantos is my favorite series of all time. Dan Simmons writes the most amazing story with the most amazing characters. Complex, but so readable and so chalk full of mind blowing concepts. Plus, the Shrike is awesome. I can not say enough good things about this series. If you haven't read it, do so.
Not as brilliant as Hyperion, but it wraps up the cliffhanger that ended Hyperion.

I'm still confused about some things. Not sure if it's because I wasn't paying close enough attention, didn't understand the poetry and Zen koans well enough, or forgot things that I needed to remember in order to put everything together. This has happened to me before in long, dense, complex SF novels/series, especially if there's some metaphysical stuff going on - at some point I realize I don't get it, and the
4 1/2 stars

I don't think I liked this one quite as much as the first volume, but as I gave that book 5 stars this is hardly a bad thing. I remained invested in the individual stories of the pilgrims, particularly that of Rachael, the woman who is aging backwards and at this point of the story only has a few days of life left. All of the pilgrims though get their moment in the limelight, even if it involves being sacrificed to the Shrike and impaled on its tree of thorns. There is a surprise re-e
Ben Babcock
My relationship with Dan Simmons has been ambivalent. We've had bad times and even worse times. We've also had some good times, namely with Hyperion. So I went into The Fall of Hyperion feeling pretty good, and if anything my opinion of this series has only improved. Any ill will I bore Simmons for the books I didn't like has dissipated thanks to his masterful presentation of this epic science-fiction series. The Hyperion Cantos hits an impressive number of tropes that appeal to me in my science ...more
Jan 15, 2008 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've read "Hyperion".
Shelves: sciencefiction
I liked "The Fall of Hyperion". It is an excellent book! Literate Science Fiction at its best. If I could give it 4 1/2 stars, I would. It's not as great as "Hyperion", I loved the structure of that book a lot more, but it is very much a worthy successor to "Hyperion". It's definitely not a standalone book. You have to have read "Hyperion" in order to "get" what's going on.

This book begins where the previous book ended, with the pilgrims entering the Time Tombs. The action switches between t
There are some novels which you will take with you wherever you go; they set the bar so high that deep down you know you may never come across something that will be that great again and you know you can never read it again for the first time. These books have characters that are so realized that you feel like you have always known them and that you actually care what happens to them.

I really can't write the review I want without spoiling anything, so I am just going to say that I was there with
Hyperion is fallen, am I too to fall?
Am I to leave this haven of my rest,
This cradle of my glory, this soft clime,
This calm luxuriance of blissful light,
These crystalline pavilions, and pure fanes,
Of all my lucent empire?

It is hard to restrain myself and not be overly poetic in my response to this SF masterpiece. This second novel in Simmons' Hyperion Cantos dances between magic and good old fashioned Hard SF. It isn't that I don't have critical issues with the novel. Please, Simmons, pleas
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Dan Simmons 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, journalism and art.

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