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Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  33,569 Ratings  ·  969 Reviews
The multiple-award-winning SF master returns to the universe that is his greatest success--the world of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion--to tell a story of love and memory, triumph and terror in a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.
Paperback, 601 pages
Published 1998 by Perseus (first published 1996)
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Chad Smartt You can think of the two Hyperion books and the two Endymion books as separate tales within the same story. Endymion occurs some 200 or so years after…moreYou can think of the two Hyperion books and the two Endymion books as separate tales within the same story. Endymion occurs some 200 or so years after Fall of Hyperion and the world is heavily affected by the events in the Hyperion books. I probably read Endymion a year after reading Hyperion and I was able to pick up on all the references made to the Hyperion books just fine. So, lots of connections yes but I actually suggest taking a break between the books so that you can draw it out for as long as possible. Once you've read Rise of Endymion, that's it :((less)
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Henry Avila
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the faraway year of 3126, the 32nd century , things have regressed, in a remote corner of the Milky Way Galaxy, some two -hundred -seventy -four , after the fall of the Hegemony Empire, a young man is sentenced to death, on the once prosperous planet Hyperion, were he was born, for a crime , that was in actuality, self-defense. Raul Endymion, a hunting guide, was very angry, understandably, at a rich, spoiled jerk , he and his friends disobeyed safety rules, endangering him and others, firing ...more
Dan Schwent
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, 2011
Almost three centuries after the Fall of Hyperion, the Time Tombs open and Aenea, child of Brawne Lamia and Johnny Keats emerges. Along with a former hunting guide named Raul Endymion and android A. Bettik, Aenea goes on a journey to fulfill her destiny as the one who teaches. Only the Pax has other ideas. Can Aenea reach her goal without being captured by Father Captain de Soya of the Pax?

With all the two star reviews out there, I wasn't expecting magic from Endymion. Imagine my surprise when I
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Kemper
As I’ve written in my reviews of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons is trying to melt my brain.

After weeks of medical treatment and therapy I’ve recovered enough to be rolled out to a sunny spot in my wheel chair with a nurse to wipe the drool from my chin. Despite the doctors’ warnings about continued exposure to Hyperion, I’ve gone ahead and read the third book in the series, Endymion. While there are still monumentally big sci-fi ideas in this story, I think that my earlier encou
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Markus
Buddy read with Athena, Desinka, Gavin & Kaora

3.5 stars

“You want to be a hero,” he repeated. “You want to be one of those rare human beings who make history, rather than merely watch it flow around them like water around a rock.”

More than two centuries have passed since the pilgrimage to the Valley of the Time Tombs, and the Hegemony of Man, the beating heart of humanity, has been completely destroyed. The Worldweb is gone, along with the farcaster network and everything that made the univer
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Leif Anderson
Stop! If you've read Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, stop there. The series does not continue. Pretend like these two books (endymion and rise of endymion) do not exist. On the other hand, if you haven't read hyperion, go read it. It's great. Really good. One of my favorite books. Amazing. But endymion takes a huge step down. After Fall of Hyperion, you're probably hungry for more, but trust me, it just has to stay that way. Some of the mysteries just have to be left as mysteries. Endymion and Ri ...more
Apatt
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion are two books fans of science fiction literature should not miss. They are exciting, mind blowing, beautiful, lyrical and thought provoking. The first volume Hyperion is often ranked as one of the top ten greatest sci-fi books ever. That said, I read The Fall of Hyperion in November 2012 and only got around to reading Endymion almost two years later. I am too easily influenced by reviews or readers’ comments, and while Endymion tend to be more positively reviewe ...more
Bobby Underwood
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many fans of Dan Simmons's Hyperion series were not enamored of this more separate entity within the saga. It does not detract, however, from what a fun thrill-ride this book truly is. You need not have read the first two books to enjoy this one, and in fact, it might be better if you haven't. Simmons incorporated the more fun elements of the previous books, weaving them into this grand and tremendously entertaining adventure of science fiction. The Worldweb and the mysterious Shrike creature ad ...more
Conor
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty big letdown after the first 2 books in this series. This book had none of the tension, mystery or brilliant world-building of the first one and none of the complex military and political shenanigans of the second. The first half to 2/3 of this book was especially slow and although it picked up a bit towards the end still wasn't enough to redeem it. Hoping that the fourth book picks the series up again in a big way.

The start of this book was really frustrating and slow with lots of bad stu
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Kaora
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do I know what I think until I see what I say? wrote some pre-Hegira writer. Precisely. I must see these things in order to know what to think of them.

Endymion begins with its POV character Raul Endymion, stuck in a prison that is to be where he dies, writing the events on this book in order to understand. His writings follow his rescue of the child Aenea, hunted by the church and accompanying her on a quest along with the android A. Bettik that has the trio following the river Tethys throug
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Gavin
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the Hyperion Cantos series takes places a few hundred years after the dramatic final events told in The Fall of Hyperion. With the large time lapse it is perhaps no surprise that only a few familiar faces from the first duology remain. This book focuses on the story of Aenea, the child of Brawne Lamia and the John Keats cybrid, and her traveling companions as she seeks to travel to an unknown destination and evade the capture of those who seek her end.

It was an entertaining e
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Ashley
If I hadn't already read (and been blown away by) the first two books in this series earlier this year, I would have been very impressed with this book. But as it is, even though it is very good and exciting and has great characters and poignant themes and hints at even more to come, it pales when compared to the complexity and madcap storytelling of Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. Those two books were chock full of stories and characters and layers of meaning, and there were about five to si ...more
Andrew
Oct 19, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a disappointing fall for Dan Simmons.

Endymion is a tedious and ultimately pointless sci-fi chase novel that recycles rather than expands the concepts from Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion. Simmons starts by resetting the environment: it is 247 years later, and the reader no longer knows anything about anything. A bunch of travellers have to go on another journey of even more obscure purpose because one of them has "dreams", a completely unexplained plot contrivance. They are pursued by
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Erik
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally, I encounter this idea that a large – maybe even a majority – slice of science fiction media involves immature stories that focus heavily on pew pew lasers, explosions, and sex with attractive alien women (Darth Talon, Liara, Green Chick). For example, Ted Chiang says that Star Wars forever made the genre synonymous with “adventure stories dressed up in lasers.” Or, as another example, NPR Book’s review of Ancillary Justice read, "If you don't know the Ancillary series by now, you p ...more
David
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: invincible spiky alien killing machines, Roman Catholic priest starship captains
Although it takes place centuries after The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion seems to pick up right after the end of the last book. This is the third book in Dan Simmons's "Hyperion Cantos." Since it's the first book of a second duology, you could start reading with this book, since the entire universe is pretty much introduced anew, but there are so many references to events that took place in the first two books, now history in this one, that you will probably feel like you're missing a lot.

At the e
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Rowena
Endymion continues the story begun in Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion...however, it isn't a direct sequel. The "Fall" has occurred some two centuries ago and the Hegemony (a far-future conglomerate of multiple planets) is now run by the Pax, enforced by the "miraculous" resurrection symbiotes discovered by Father Lenar Hoyt in Hyperion. Farcasting (traveling instantaneously through portals) is now impossible. Raul Endymion lives on the planet of Hyperion and is hand selected by Martin Silenus ...more
Stephen
6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels (as is each novel in this incredible series). One of the few series IMHO that rivals Dune for scope, writing and imagination. Simmons is a master.

Nominee: British SF Award for best novel.
Mangrii
3,5 / 5

Doscientos setenta y cuatro años desde la caída de Hyperion, la Hegemonía ha resurgido en una teocracia gobernada por Pax, una organización militar de la Iglesia católica. Aunque durante la Caída el cristianismo estaba en plena fase de extinción, gracias al cruciforme y su inmortalidad, hacen de Pax un poder en expansión. Pero estos temen la llegada de un nuevo mesías anunciado, Aenea, la hija del cibrido Keats y Brawne Lamia, que regresará de las Tumbas de Tiempo en Hyperion. A su vez, u
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Joe
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, audiobook
My reaction to this book after reading #1 and #2:
My god, for the sake of all that is good and holy in this imperfect world, DO NOT read this book.

Never, I mean literally never before in my life, have I been so in love with an author to be so let down.

I don't even know. This might sound a little melodramatic, but reading this book honestly put me off reading scifi for months, so crushing was the blow. I haven't recovered yet.

I don't even know how to critique this book. I don't want to dredge up t
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Ben Babcock
Centuries after the events of The Fall of Hyperion , and three and a half years after I read that book, Endymion takes place and I read it. I had actually forgotten that there was a book between this one and Hyperion; I described this as the second book in a series when friends asked me what I was reading. Oops! And it has been so long since I read the first two that my memories of the series were distant and vague.

That proved not as much of a barrier as I worried it would be. I’m still trying
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Sumant
I knew that entropy existed in the universe, but Endymion proves that it applies to great book series too. The only word which I can think after finishing this book is disappointment. The series just took nose dive for me into oblivion in this book. I just can't find the words to express my disappointment regarding this book, and this is partly due to the fact that I really liked the first two books in Hyperion series.

Some of the weak points of the book are

1.The story seems to be going no where
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Joe
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Endymion by Dan Simmons is a Science Fiction novel on a grand space opera level with a very personal and detailed feel to the characters. It is the third in the Hyperion Cantos series.

The story starts off 274 years after the events of the second book, The Fall Of Hyperion. Raul Endymion, a shepherd and hunting guide living on Hyperion. He gets convicted of a murder and sentenced to death. After his execution things start to become far more complicated and difficult for him. He meets a familiar f
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Maggie K
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow-I have a new favorite!

I truly loved this book all the way through. Have you ever read a book where right away you just knew you were going to love it, and tried to read it real slow so you could savor it? that was me with Endymion....

Here we follow the story of Aenea, the child of Hyperion characters John Keats and Brawnia...who we learn is destined to be a major prophet.

This is the story of how she managed to be 3 centuries into the future after the events of Fall of Hyperion, and her pilgr
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Stuart
Endymion: A New Phase of the Hyperion Story
Endymion takes place roughly three centuries after the events of Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion. It features a largely new cast of characters, and the climatic events of the previous book are so far-reaching in their impact (the closing of the far-casters, end of the hegemony, disappearance of the Shrike, rise of the Pax thanks to the cruciform, etc) that Simmons has created a very new and different galactic milieu in which to frame his equally complex a
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Kira
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_in_2012
Definitely the weakest of the four, although it might not be strictly fair to lump the tetralogy together that way -- Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion are basically one book stretched over two, even though the writing style changes. Endymion is in some ways a sequel, if one is looking strictly for chronological continuance of the Universe these characters inhabit. It's less so when one considers how brilliant and creative the first two books were, chocked with plot and heavy on characterization, wh ...more
Laura
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Boring. Seriously, how can someone write such an incredible first book and then go so horribly wrong from there? The pace is slow and bogged down and there is a ridiculous amount of time spent talking about packing and unpacking and preparing to go on a mission and preparing a trap. I think this is Simmons painful way of attempting to build suspense. It doesn't work. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of these characters, there was virtually no development. Revelations ocurred haphazardly ...more
Nate
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
You ever get those novels that just fucking provide endless consternation and cognitive dissonance when you're trying to slot them into one of the somewhat restrictive Goodreads rankings? Endymion is the biggest bastard of all of these kinds of books I occasionally experience. I honestly think that two-to-four rankings are the least fun to give out because when you're actually considering the book in the process of reading it and writing it up you have to work with it cerebrally and not on a vis ...more
Derek
I'm in total awe of Dan Simmons. The First two Hyperion books are one of my favorite SF books ever and after FALL OF HYPERION I was a bit skeptical about ENDYMION. For starters it didn't have any of the original pilgrims making an appearance. though I felt there was a lot to be told about the pilgrims. little did I know that this book picks up right around the end of the story of the pilgrims and Eben though the pilgrims don't all appear, Martin Silenus has an awesome cameo. But Aenea, Raul Endy ...more
Tim
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally took the plunge on Dan Simmons' third book in the series that started with "Hyperion." I was very afraid, having endured some brain freeze and head-scratching over some of the plot points in "Fall of Hyperion," but I'm glad I finally -- more than two years later -- dove into "Endymion." I was led to believe -- and some reviews here stubbornly assert this -- that the second pair of books are only vaguely related to the first two. I found that to be absolutely not the case. Sure, a few hun ...more
Otis Chandler
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space, time-travel
I really enjoyed this book. Some people told me that book 3 wasn't the match of books one and two, but I really quite enjoyed it. I'm struggling to put my finger on it, but I think the dynamic of Raul, Aenea, and A Bettik was a strong one - they clearly cared for each other, and you could see that they would even love each other in the future.

It had all the elements of a great epic: strong heroes on a mission that is important to humanity, an evil empire trying to stop them, and a mysterious fo
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hyperion Cantos (4 books)
  • Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
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