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Endymion by Dan Simmons
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Jun 25, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, dead-tree, kindle, sci-fi
Read from June 10 to 25, 2012

Just as Hyperion tells half a story of the Hyperion pilgrims, Endymion tells half a story about evens starting about 250 years after Hyperion. In this book, Raul Endymion, a Hyperion native, is commissioned by a surprising benefactor to find Aenea and then do a number of tasks. Aenea is the daughter of Brawne Lamia and the Keats cybrid from Hyperion, who (outside of the Hyperion/The Fall of Hyperion story) entered the Shrike Temple to go forward in time.

Aenea is considered a prophet or messiah of some sort, and as such is also being sought by the Pax, the church that has come to power after the events in The Fall of Hyperion. This is mostly an adventure tale with science fiction elements thrown in. It tells the story of Raul's commission, the story of how he and Aenea met, and then the story of their travels across the universe, seeking out things Aenea has only seen in dreams. They are chased by the Pax, whose story line is also interesting and somewhat twisty-turny.

Without spoiling it, I'll say that this was an enjoyable adventure. It was a little slow to start and toward the end felt a little dragged out, but all in all I liked it. I'm looking forward to reading The Rise of Endymion and hope that it continues where this story left off.

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Reading Progress

06/10/2012 page 134
24.0% "Not sucking me in as quickly as Fall of Hyperion did, but still enjoying this book set almost 300 years after Fall of Hyperion."
06/24/2012 page 510
91.0% "Almost to the end but now it's slowing down now that the new crew member has joined the Pax crew." 1 comment

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Tamahome I got up to this one.

terpkristin I think I read somewhere that this one wasn't strictly necessary (or the one after), that you could read the two Hyperion books without the two Endymion books. When I first read Hyperion, I didn't realize it was the first in a "series," and was completely let down by it. It was only about 5 years later that I was talking with someone about the book and they mentioned I had to read the follow-on...

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