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Endymion (Hyperion)

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Author(s): Dan Simmons
Format: Book › Mass Market Paperback all formats
Edition: Reprint
Published: 11-01-1996
ISBN: 0553572946
Pages: 576
Publisher: Spectra
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Hyperion, short for Hyperion Cantos, is a four-part Science Fiction series by Dan Simmons. It is for us the most thorough and intellectual of all the books we at BooksToRead have read in the genre. It is a true masterpiece with many different storylines, an enormous poetic imagination and tension, and sometimes the sweetest emotion. Together with the characters of the book you are going on a real journey through different planets and worlds in a highly original universe. That sense of wonder and exploration you can find in these books,we haven't experienced in any other book that way. Some of the landscapes and images in the book will remain forever in your memory. A fantastic series with a fantastic ending, we are sure we can recommend to almost any reader. In addition to being the best Science Fiction book ever, Hyperion also is literature of a very high level.

And no, you don't have to be a Keats enthusiast or have read The Canterbury Tales to enjoy this series, even if some critics might want to argue that point. For the average reader the numerous literary references might be a possible obstacle, but honestly, you don't have to recognize them all to fully appreciate this series. Other interesting and similar books of Dan Simmons are The Terror and Ilium.

The four books in the excellent Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons are: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion and The Rise of Endymion.

Book description

The multiple-award-winning science fiction master returns to the universe that is his greatest triumph--the world of Hyperion and The Fall of
Hyperion
--with a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.

Dan Simmons's Hyperion was an immediate sensation on its first publication in 1989.  This staggering multifaceted tale of the far future heralded the conquest of the science fiction field by a man who had already won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel (Song of Kali) and had also published one of the most well-received horror novels in the field, Carrion Comfort.  Hyperion went on to win the Hugo Award as Best Novel, and it and its companion volume, The Fall of Hyperion, took their rightful places in the science fiction pantheon of new classics.

Now, six years later, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear.  Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror--an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

Book review

Two hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the WorldWeb in Fall of Hyperion, Raoul Endymion is sent on a quest. Retrieving Aenea from the Sphinx before the Church troops reach her is only the beginning. With help from a blue-skinned android named A. Bettik, Raoul and Aenea travel the river Tethys, pursued by Father Captain Frederico DeSoya, an influential warrior-priest and his troops. The shrike continues to make enigmatic appearances, and while many questions were raised in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, still more are raised here. Raoul's quest will continue in at least one more volume.

This series has something for everyone: Simmons's prose is imaginative and stylistically varied; point-of-view and time-scale are handled with finesse; the action is always gripping; the device of Old Earth allows Simmons to work in entertaining references to present-day culture; and the technology raises bizarre questions of ethics and morality in its use of repeated death and resurrection.

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