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Olympos (Ilium #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  12,787 Ratings  ·  486 Reviews
Ilium chantait les exploits de la guerre de Troie, surveillée par le scholiaste Thomas Hockenberry pour le compte des posthumains divinisés qui habitent sur Mars le mont Olympos. Depuis, les choses se sont corsées. Echappant au scénario d'Homère, Grecs et Troyens, Achille et Hector, se sont alliés pour vaincre les dieux et assiéger leur forteresse martienne. Ils profitent ...more
Paperback, Ailleurs & Demain, 786 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by Robert Laffont (first published 2005)
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Garrick Rohm Ilium is, and I'd highly recommend it. I just finished Olympos (the second and final volume) and I'm crying at how beautifully everything wraps up.
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Oh, frack it. I’ve started and deleted and restarted this review too many times already. Dan Simmons’ Ilium and Olympos have left me speechless. (If you ask my wife, you’ll discover that’s a rare occurrence indeed.) I don’t think I can put together an entirely coherent review, much less something with any significant insight on the author’s ideas. So I’ll just share what I’m able to get out in a little solitary brainstorming session.

First of all, you have to realize that Olympos isn’t merely
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who can't tell a satisfying story arc from a hole in the ground.
(Contains spoilers towards the end)

This is my least favorite book.

It's not the worst book I've ever read. "Manos: The Hands of Fate" is perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's not my least favorite. It takes more than simple technical ineptness to rise (or sink) to the rank of my least favorite. A least favorite work needs to commit some special crime. Olympos' crime is that it took the plot threads of Ilium, one of the top two or three most creative and ambitious science fiction books
Dec 25, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I have tremendous problems with this book, not the least of which is that I wanted to enjoy it so badly. Simmons has a talent for writing good scenes and decent characters, but the overall structure of this book is so sloppy and disappointing that I can't help but feel cheated. I felt this way at the end of Rise of Endymion as well, and I'm starting to think that it's systemic to all of his epic sci-fi narratives. He comes up with a neat idea, creates hint that he's going to
Feb 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage boys who like to jack off in their sheets
I enjoyed the beginning of this book as it picks up where Ilium left off. Leading up to about the middle of the book the story line is interesting and exciting. And then wham! Stinky turds from there on out. The rest of the story is a classic example of everything I can't stand about bad science fiction.

No or very little insight into the science... The author just assumes you know what the *+!? he is talking about.

So many people and characters interacting in blurry loops of potential meaning tha
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind-blowing, adrenaline-pumping, world-expanding science fiction at its very best. Dan Simmons has big ideas and grand schemes, and he is never content to simply tell a story; no, he must weave it into our own reality in a seamless fashion, reaching backward and forward in time and literature. In this story (I’m grouping the previous book, Ilium, into the “story”), he brings together Shakespeare, Homer, Proust, quantum teleportation, terraforming, robots, and so much more. Each new bit that unf ...more
Nov 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
didn't answer anything.
the quite one didn't show up.
setebos just left.
islamophobia left a bad taste in my mind.
This was too long, but so worth the long hours.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Simmons' Olympos consists mainly in two threads. In the one, most of our various characters (Harman and Daeman, the moravecs, Odysseus, Achilles, et al) undertake long journeys in time and space, bringing them at an unbearably slow pace towards the future Earth. On these journeys, they endure various ordeals of little consequence, and a great deal of nothing occurs and is described at great length and in extraordinary detail by Simmons. In the other thread, we are treated to pages and pages ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Asshole gods, robots from Jupiter, professors who get to bang Helen of Troy
This sequel to Ilium follows a pattern I've noticed with Dan Simmons, now that I've read his entire Hyperion Cantos - his first books in a series are really, really good, while the follow-ups are still good, but seem to lose a bit of the brilliance of the original and wind up going in strange places.

Olympos, the second book of this fat duology, continues the saga of a classics professor from 21st century Earth resurrected 3000 years later to witness a recreation of the Trojan War on a terraforme
Mar 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like both Hienlien and Classical literature?
Shelves: my-reviews
A very ambitious science fiction duology (Olympos being the direct sequel to Ilium). (MILD SPOILERS AHEAD:) This is a multi-universe far-future epic involving Greek gods and Homeric heroes, Artificial Intelligences obsessed with Proust, nanotech-enhanced posthumans, a resurrected Professor of Classics from the 20th century that attempts to seduce Helen of Troy, anti-semitic killer robots, characters from Shakespeare that have come to life due to Quantum-wave parallel universe framistatwhatsits ( ...more
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Welllll... I just can't get excited about this book now that it's over. After wading through 900 dense pages of literary influenced sci-fi, I feel a little cheated by where we ended up. Harman's journey into what was supposed to be the Earth's past (our future, I guess) was pretty dull considering the tantalizing hints Simmons drops. I love the idea, for example, that a Global Caliphate arose sometime in the 22nd Century, developed time travel and quantum spacetime science, and destroyed the bul ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, for-fun
I was disappointed in this book. It's sad, because Ilium was so promising. But I found this a real let-down conclusion to a probably over-ambitious beginning. Perhaps I had too high of hopes, because if anybody could have pulled off a conclusion to such an ambitious start, it would have been Simmons.

This novel seemed like a jumble of cool ideas thrown in together and stirred. They were all individually fascinating, but they didn't come together into anything... Well, "story shaped" (to steal Nei
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of literary sci-fi and/or Greek mythology
Shelves: the-future
Sometimes, life gets in the way of reading, and it takes a month to read a 900 page book. It can be frustrating to not have the time to absorb long sections, and there is the possibility of forgetting what was happening, resulting in feeling completely lost. But other times, dragging out consumption of a novel can make a reader (or me, anyway) actually feel even more immersed in the story. Over the course of reading Ilium and Olympos, I've spent a fair amount of real time in the world Dan Simmon ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What a complete disappointment!! Ilium was amazing, beautiful, epic story-telling, but Olympos was just a complete boring mess. I kept thinking it would get back on track, but it didn't. NOTHING was explained. Don't read this if you are looking for answers from the questions in Ilium, you won't get them. There are even two characters in the story that actually do know what's going on and can answer questions, but they refuse to and just wink at each other knowingly. Kind of insulting to your rea ...more
Aaron Logan
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I almost couldn't believe this book was written by the same author as Hyperion and Ilium. The various plots meandered while none of the big mysteries were answered. And where did all the misogynism come from? Simmons has always written such strong female characters. Suddenly Helen of Troy is calling herself a cunt and the formerly powerful/strong modern-day human female characters are suddenly crying and moody all of the time, while the men take front-seat on the adventures. And the Goddesses al ...more
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Even though I really enjoyed the first book of this duo-logy, the comments in the review section at were less than stellar. However, I couldn't pass up the chance to follow all the characters I had rapidly come to know in Ilium. I'm glad that I disregarded all of those comments. While this rating is more a 4.5 (I thought the sex scenes were over the top and unnecessary) I still thought the book was really good. Some of the reviews I read complained about things not being explained ful ...more
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
Fascinating, creative, and epic. Got a bit racy at parts, and I found myself skipping pages...however, it was well worth the read. Long, drawn out, and complex, I enjoyed this novel.
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like Ilium, Olympos is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, it is a truly impressive collection of literary references and obviously the result of a ton of research. Simmons brings together Shakespeare, Proust, Robert Browning, Nabokov, Joyce, Homer, Virgil, and other major literary figures to frame his world. On the other hand, I have the same complaint that I had with Ilium: the characters aren't that riveting. There is more character development in this second book, especially when the old-st ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(abandoned halfway through)

The actual story is a solid 3 stars - vaguely interesting characters, a complicated world, etc. I actually rather want to find Ilium now and read it, because I feel that it might be orders of magnitude better.

As a standalone book, this is shit - things, characters and events from the first one are mentioned but not adequately explained (example: calibani are smaller and weaker versions of Caliban; first mention is pretty early in the book, but first, albeit partial, *d
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, people who like twists on greek mythology, horror fans
Shelves: sci-fi, 2010
The Ilium/Olympos duology is some of the most fantastic sci-fi that I have read for ages. The depth and breadth of the story is so utterly satisfying that it puts other books to shame.

Ilium is difficult to get into to start with as the three different main story strands don't really start to relate to each other until 3/4 of the way into the book which makes things a bit confusing and difficult to keep up with. The story comes into its own in Olympos, and unlike a lot of Simmons characters, you
I read this book very bittily, because I couldn't get into it very well. I thought it was okay. It was absorbing enough once I forced myself to concentrate on it. The technology, to my mind, made things a bit too easy. And if some things had been cut out, it would've made it more readable and made it make more sense. For example: why, if your only motivation so far has been to get back to your pregnant wife, and you have important information to deliver, would you go into a radioactive wreck whe ...more
Scott Rhee
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The sequel to Dan Simmons' epic sci-fi space opera "Ilium", "Olympos" continues the story of 21st-century Professor Thomas Hockenberry, who has inexplicably been resurrected on Mars to be an observer of the Trojan War.

Confused? So is he, and so is the reader for a considerable amount of time. Thankfully, in the deft hands of consummate storyteller Simmons, we begin to piece together what is happening in the universe.

It's the distant future, and the Greek Gods have all returned to set up their
Mar 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: Not a spoiler, but the ending is talked about in extremely general terms.

I loved the world, the characters, the premise, and the story. So why only three stars? Simmons really wanted to end the series in two books, but there was just too much there to really do so. The result was that Olympos lacked the strong sense of climax that Illium had, while also having a drawn out resolution that left Simmons running through time and space and alternate realities tying up all the loose ends. I u
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a weird book. The sentient robots from the asteroid belt were the most identifiable characters in it. It was definitely interesting at times, but the Trojan war bits dragged on. There are about 3 different plotlines that are seemingly unrelated. It is finally all explained, and it mostly makes sense. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts I didn't care for and some parts that were just bizarre. It took me forever to get through this. So is that a recommendation? Well, if you want ...more
Michael Durant
A fair finish to Ilium, and still a four-star book. The sheer insanity of Simmons's post-modern "parallel universes glimpsed or created by mankind's geniuses" premise is wonderful, although the history of how humanity fell (a war between the Global Caliphate and a new Khanate and the near-extermination of the Jews) jarred. I feel like it would have been better left ambiguous, although I can see the argument that the specificity serves as a link between our time and the new fall of man.

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Shin Gaku
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last volume of dazzling SF epic duology by Dan Simmons. The story is too long to a nonnative speaker like me, but it's worth reading. Many interesting ideas such as parallel universe, terraforming,and Quantum teleportation are packed into one book. Devoted SF fan is surely thrilled by this book. Simmons denounces violence and war in this book. That's why this epic is persuasive and moving.
Oct 07, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ilium was promising, but this book stank. Simmons has been uneven before, but this book finished it for me. Sorry, no more from this author.
Dec 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Iman Eyitayo
Voici un 2e tome dans lequel je mettais trop d'attente, car, même s'il est correct, il m'a un peu déçue car je m'attendais à plus. Ce tome est rempli d'addictivité : de l'action, du suspens et de l'évolution de nos personnages, de l'amour, tout y est. Seulement, voilà, les révélations sont tardives et incomplètes, les explications scientifiques finalement incomplètes tâchent le tout. J'ai bien aimé, mais je garde un petit goût amer d'inachevé... Je ne regrette toutefois pas cette série, elle vau ...more
Rakesh Nair
Huge potential in the first book. All that potential goes unused in this second book in inane side-quests and additional tacked-on plots that atropy in rapid succession.
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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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