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Endymion by Dan Simmons
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Nov 17, 2009

really liked it

Dan Simmons returns to the universe that Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion occupy with Endymion. Not so much a third book in a series, but more a first book in a second set in the same universe.

The story or Raul Endymion is one of a chase and a love story. He is a man whose background as a solider, bouncer and hunt guide, along with his nomadic heritage. The universe of the Hegemony has been reshaped by a revitalized Catholic Church and their organized military and government arm, The PAX. The technology of the first two books is gone, as have 200 plus years. The church offers resurrections and eternal life if you accept the cruciform form that Father Paul Duré And and Father Lenar Hoyt carry in the original sets. The church has solved the resurrection problem of mutating toward sexlessness and stupidity.

The story of Raul’s tale intersects and mentions nearly all the original pilgrims. He knows all of them from the Cantos - Martin Silenus tale of the Hyperion Pilgrims - which has become folklore and is banned by the Catholic Church (what a better way to increase sales!!).

The scale of this book is tighter again and follows the formula developed in The Fall of Hyperion with a first person narrator who also tells third party segments. This much is made clear very early on as Raul recounts the tale. I find the use of this narrative structure nice and at times frustrating, but then that is the sign of good writing. The tale is well written.

Overall, I liked it. Was it as good as Hyperion or The Fall of Hyperion, well some will tell you that it never could be. I do not like to think of this as a direct conclusion to those tales. It is not. It is a second half of a greater tale, set in the same world and time. Hyperion is still a shining star in SF. If Dan Simmons never wrote another book, it would hold up. Endymion is exciting though. It has a tighter focus. We are truly invested in Raul and Aenea’s story. One of the parts that does take some sorting out is all the church hierarchy. The titles and positions are long and convoluted. And at times I have to stop and thing which person is being referred to. Ultimately this is a chase story and a thrilling one at that. (This split is something that Orson Scott Card should have done with his Homecoming series)

Victor Bevine’s reading is again stellar. He is really a top notch reader and tapping him to do all four of the books was a very very good move.

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