I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Genre:  Space / Sci-fi

A group of seven is on a voyage to Hyperion to visit the Time Tombs.  Awaiting them is a devious creature called the Shrike.  Each of their stories is twined together to make up a bigger plot.

Back Cover:
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike.  There are those who worship it.  There are those who fear it.  And there are those who have vowed to destroy it.  In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.  On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives.  Each carries a desperate hope-and a terrible secret.  And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable new science fiction epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.

I liked the majority of the characters stories.  They tied in well together.   I only have two negative things to say about this book…Sometimes I lost interest while reading, that’s probably a (me) problem more than the books problem though.  Also, the story for this felt very incomplete, but that might be due to the fact that there are more books in this series.  At first I was feeling a 3/5, but after completing it I’ll have to go with a 4/5.  That being said I’m unsure if I will read the rest, as I have started too many series!  I need to start finishing some.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

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