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The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
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Dec 24, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010-reading, sci-fy-fantasy
Read from November 27 to December 23, 2010

The conclusion to the fabulous Hyperion Cantos. During the course of a unique time travel adventure the series manages to critically discuss each of the major world religions Judaism (Hyperion); Islam (Hyperion / Fall of Hyperion); Christianity (Endymion); Buddism (Rise of Endymion). The philosophy and religious discussion become a major theme in The Rise of Endymion and in some ways diminish the story and it's revelations as Aenea introduces a New Age philosophy that encompasses and supersedes all.

The thrills and surprises continue and many of the gaps introduced in The Fall of Hyperion are resolved. The Rise of Endymion is a satisfying conclusion, although the philosphy discussions add hundreds of pages to the book that probably are not necessary. The series is definitely my most memorable read for the year.

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