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Hyperion by Dan Simmons
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May 21, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-reading-challenge, sword-and-laser

Seven pilgrims make their way towards the enigmatic, murderous and time-distorting being known as the Shrike on the planet Hyperion, as galactic war looms overhead. On the way, each tells their tale, revealing new pieces of the puzzle of the Shrike and its purpose.

Set against a richly detailed galactic backdrop, Simmons deftly merges different genres - horror, fantasy, mystery, noir - with science fiction through the individual tales. Each tale (except maybe the Poet's, which was still good but not as good as the others') was gripping on its own, and very intriguing as interlocking clues as to nature of the Shrike and its cosmic threat.

This mystery and the strong writing has me hooked, and I'm immediately continuing on with Fall of Hyperion. Important note: this novel has a complete cliffhanger of an ending: Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion are really one book split into two for publishing reasons - I was forewarned by that, and glad for the forewarning.

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