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Feb 14, 2011 11:40AM

1865 The meaning is terrific, as long as it's not "my way or the highway." :o)

I knew you wouldn't like the part about being female. Gets a hetero guy every time, unless he likes to cross dress.
Feb 14, 2011 11:31AM

1865 Here is Will's answer to my question regarding the book being split by the publisher, Post #6328:
Feb 14, 2011 11:23AM

1865 One of the meaning for Ala is: a female demon in the Serbian and Bulgarian mythology. According to Wikipedia. :o)
Feb 14, 2011 11:21AM

1865 Oops, it didn't process my response for some reason.

Ala is a very nice name. Thank you for answering. :o)
1865 And was "Ala" because you forgot to add the "n" at the end, or is that your complete name? Or is that some SciFi's character's name?
1865 You're ahead of me, Ala! LOL
Feb 14, 2011 11:08AM

1865 It's only through Will of Horror Aficionados that I heard it was the publisher. I'll have to pop in to ask him. But I did hear that Dan Simmons denied that it was written in a way of 1 book that split into two, whatever that means. I do hope Simmons pops in to answer our questions.
Feb 14, 2011 10:57AM

1865 I agree! LOL

But I can understand the publisher's dilemna, scare people off with 1,000 pages of SciFi or leave them grumbling until the next book comes out.
Feb 14, 2011 09:56AM

1865 Like you, I wish the first book would give me a sense of closure without having to go to the second book. Maybe in the future, they can combine the two books, but then that would be about 1,000 pages. If people were scared of SciFi before...LOL

I do feel that the war and the Armageddon is critical to the overall story, if not in the telling of the individual tales. I think the overall story is about the Hegemony's harmful colonization of other life forms, as depicted in the last tale, which describes about the colonization of the Maui-Covenant. So...the second book is going to have to resolve my questions regarding the Time Tombs, the Hegemony's involvement in harming the colonists, the mysterious religious (?) figure of the Shrike, and the war or Armageddon. I think the Hegemony and its ability to "farcast" figures strongly in the war and against other species.
Feb 14, 2011 03:07AM

1865 Thanks, Ala.
Feb 13, 2011 07:11PM

1865 Would anybody mind if I tie book 2 into the discussion? Or would that spoil it for people?
Feb 13, 2011 06:57PM

1865 What do you think of the world building here? I think there is a bit of world building, but built into the events. There is also a complex political structure of the Hegemony and the TechnoCore, along with the rebellious Ousters, and the mysterious semi-religious presence of the Shrike. I have to read The Fall of Hyperion to find out what each of the individual wishes are and how the wishes affect the events. I'd also like to know how each of them relates to the Time Tombs. I guess I better read the second book right away. My curiosity will kill me.

The first book sets the stage for a lot of possible interesting things to happen. There is a lot of world building in the first book that is not obvious to me until I thought about it. My involvement with the individual stories made me not notice the world building.
Feb 13, 2011 04:59PM

1865 Maybe it's because I'm into eastern philosophy, but I find the ideas of Dune easy to understand. Herbert used a lot of the eastern idea of mind over matter.
Feb 13, 2011 04:46PM

1865 Terrific review, Jonathan. I now have to read The Fall to complete the book.
Feb 13, 2011 10:20AM

1865 I just read a post from a member of Horror Aficionados who said that Hyperion I and II is actually one book that the publisher split into two. In fairness to the concept of the book, I'm going to start on The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion, #2) by Dan Simmons next.
Feb 13, 2011 10:09AM

1865 I have the second book, but I want a little breather before I start on that one.
Feb 13, 2011 10:02AM

1865 Finished Hyperion (Hyperion, #1) by Dan Simmons. I'm disappointed that the ending is forcing me to have to read the second book to get satisfaction. Although the story was entertaining throughout, the ending wasn't climactic for me. I'll probably be comparing to Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) by Frank Herbert forever until I find a SciFi I like more, but I felt Dune was a very satisfactory book from beginning to end without having to go to the next book in the series. I'd rather a book, whether in a series or not, give me the wow factor by itself.

Later, I'll hop into the discussions about Hyperion for more insight.

Continuing to read Cows by Matthew Stokoe, which is still disgusting but terrifically written. I'm picking up The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami again. My mental state is now more focused, so I'm not impatient with books that take a while to build.
Feb 13, 2011 04:52AM

1865 While I love Dune, I had a hard time getting through Dune Messiah. The pace was too slow for me.
Feb 12, 2011 06:28PM

1865 Started Cows by Matthew Stokoe during the swim meet. I am enjoying the vivid disgusting descriptions. It should be a quick read because I'm getting into all its squeamish glory. The guy started his job as a meat grinder. His mother is sickeningly oppressive. Meat grinder, mother, meat grinder, mother...hmmmm

About 50 pages left in Hyperion (Hyperion, #1) by Dan Simmons. All the individual stories are interesting, but I wonder how Simmons is going to weave them all together to a satisfying conclusion with only 50 pages left.
Feb 12, 2011 06:16PM

1865 Well said, Rexton.

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