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Endymion (Hyperion Cantos Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Dan Simmons , Gary Ruddell
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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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
--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.

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Editorial Reviews 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.

From Library Journal

After a recent foray into the horror field (Fires of Eden, LJ 11/15/94), the multitalented Simmons returns to the sf genre with a sequel to the Hugo Award-winning Hyperion (Doubleday, 1989) and The Fall of Hyperion (LJ
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  • File Size: 1650 KB
  • Print Length: 578 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553572946
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G606I0
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119 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional meld of sci-fi and literary elements July 15, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm somewhat surprised by some of the reviews for the Hyperion series, especially the latter two, Endymion and Rise of Endymion. I agree that Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion are the /slightly/ stronger of the four, but again they are the foundational works which support the rest of the series, which branches off into a more ornate, but steadfast, structure. Looking at the structure of the Hyperion saga as a whole, both as science fiction and as literary fiction, few stories come close to matching the width and depth of Simmon's conceptualization of the future.
Sci-fi ornamentation aside, much of the saga's strength lies in it's most literary qualities. The plot is epic and the characters are depthful and realistic, but Simmons raises the bar a notch above the average space opera's best, weaving a rich tapestry of allusion and parallelism that would challenge literary fiction's finest offerings.
Hyperion itself, as many have surmised, takes on the patterns of Canterbury Tales as its own, with its tales spanning the genres from mystery and suspense to classic military sf. This multi-genre approach is an unusual vehicle for introducing an entire science-fiction universe, and duly appreciated by those sick of tired and stilted exposition.
The Fall of Hyperion rightly gathers source from Keats' unfinished epic and the greatest tragedies of our time. By the close of this installment, Simmons' Mythos of the Hegemony, the Shrike, and the Hyperion pilgrims stands on its own in the form of Martin Silenus' Cantos, an accomplishment that, some say, Simmons should have stopped at. Yet mysteries and holes have been purposefully left unanswered and unfilled.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same Universe, different story. July 9, 2004
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"Hyperion" cycle is a quartet divided in two halves that shares the same universe. "Endymion" starts the second part. Three hundred years had elapsed since the end of "The Fall of Hyperion" and new forces are playing the game. Some characters of the first half, as A. Bettik, Martin Silenus and The Shrike reappear here. The Catholic Church with her new resurrection "sacrament" is expanding everywhere. The "farcasters" are not working and space travel takes a toll in the form of time debt.

Simmons gives a new turn of the screw to his story: the new main character is an anti-hero. He is not very brave or smart; he is loyal and devoted to Aenea. Usually M. Endymion just goes ahead pressed by the events that pop up and strives to stay alive and protect Aenea. He is just an ordinary man subjected to extraordinary events. The Pax forces leaded by Father Captain de Soya launch an all-out persecution thru the universe and this is its chronicle.

Simmons uses a subtle humor and winks the reader to enter the game. At the same time, in another level of the story, more complex issues are touched as predestination versus free will; religion and faith; ethical and unethical choices.

Before reading this book is advisable to read "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion", to fully understand what's going on. But you will not regret doing so, you'll get in touch with one of the best sci-fi sagas written in the `90s.
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...a master storyteller... February 28, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow! This is one of the most engaging novels I've ever read. Simmons is a master storyteller. Endymion is one of those rare books, which manage to create a truly believable futuristic world, regardless of how "alien" the technology and setting might appear. It's a world you have to tear yourself away from. If you enjoyed the Hyperion books, then I really think you will like this. Simmons weaves another complex and highly original plot involving the three travelers, the Pax Church, the TechnoCore and the mysterious entities inhabiting the outer reaches of the megasphere. He reveals information slowly throughout the book and by the end you really have more questions than answers, so if you're anything like me you'll definitely want to read the final part (Rise of Endymion) of this wonderful saga as soon as possible to find out what's going on. By the way, some people find this book less action-filled than the two first, which is partly true. The novel is slightly slower than its predecessors, but in my opinion there is more than enough going on, and, as stated above, the story is a real page-turner.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet! January 5, 2001
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Yes, I know people will disagree with me. They will unfailingly say that the first book (HYPERION) was the best. However, I enjoyed reading this, the third installment in the series, more than the first two books. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that it got away from a lot of the poetry that was so heavily emphasized in the earlier installments. Second, there's a lot more action in this book than in the first two. Don't get me wrong...I'm not in it purely for the action. I enjoy strong, vivid characters and interesting worlds as much as the next person. However, the action just adds to the overall enjoyment of the book.
The elements that drive the plot in this book were totally unexpected. I wasn't expecting the jump in time and I never would have predicted what has happened to the human race in that span of time. However, it makes for VERY interesting reading. All the intrigue and mystery left me unable to put the book down. I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.
As with the first two books, Simmons again has created beautifully intriguing characters. Some new and some old, but all of them are interesting to get to know. I think this is the strongest part of Simmons' writing. All of his characters are three dimensional; they have strengths, weaknesses, desires, and fears. They are HUMAN.
I have enjoyed this series immensely. It's characters, the world building, the tech, and the story all came together to provide me with hours of involved reading. I can't wait to finish the final installment, RISE OF ENDYMION.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
As if Homer and Arthur C. Clarke sat down together to write a science fiction epic, Endymion is one part Odyssey, one part Childhoods End with a little early Greg Bear thrown in... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mitche
4.0 out of 5 stars almost as good as the first book of the series
A different approach to storytelling from the first book of the Cantos but brilliant nonetheless. Read it and you will not regret it.
Published 17 days ago by Hubert H. Byron III
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!
This entire series is captivating, and as you progress through each book, the stories become richer and imbued with more meaning. I highly recommend it!
Published 22 days ago by Pgilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Third in the Hyperion trilogy
Dan Simmons continues the trilogy with his rich characters. Endymion is charged with escorting Aenea and finds that their journey is filled with danger and adventures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by EH
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars
One of the best sci fy fantasy series I have ever read..twice. im sure as time goes by I may read them all again.
Published 2 months ago by Jamie Gentes
4.0 out of 5 stars the bath room was the best part
As far as my reading experience goes I would say this was a great book quite a change from the first two books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ...really
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story...but
There was some good imagination involved in writing this book, but it also seemed hurriedly written and it is lacking because of that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Richburg
2.0 out of 5 stars Eventless
Endymion is a huge let down. Incomplete and largely aimless.

The main problem is that almost nothing happens. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of the story
Looking forward to reading the final installment of the story. I would have liked to learn more regarding the other characters' fate from the previous book.
Published 2 months ago by Bridget
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
His galaxy-spanning storytelling is compelling, comprehensive, and addictive! A thoroughly enjoyable departure whenever I find the time to pick up his books.
Published 3 months ago by Hrolf
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Dan Simmons was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1948, and 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.
Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St. Louis in 1971. He then worked in elementary education for 18 years -- 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York -- one year as a specially trained BOCES "resource teacher" and another as a sixth-grade teacher -- and 14 years in Colorado.

His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted/talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students. During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. He also worked as a national language-arts consultant, sharing his own "Writing Well" curriculum which he had created for his own classroom. Eleven and twelve-year-old students in Simmons' regular 6th-grade class averaged junior-year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments. Whenever someone says "writing can't be taught," Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it. Since becoming a full-time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire's Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers' Workshop.
Dan's first published story appeared on Feb. 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born. He's always attributed that coincidence to "helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life."
Dan has been a full-time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado -- in the same town where he taught for 14 years -- with his wife, Karen. He sometimes writes at Windwalker -- their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park. An 8-ft.-tall sculpture of the Shrike -- a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion/Endymion novels -- was sculpted by an ex-student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.
Dan is one of the few novelists whose work spans the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror, suspense, historical fiction, noir crime fiction, and mainstream literary fiction . His books are published in 27 foreign counties as well as the U.S. and Canada.
Many of Dan's books and stories have been optioned for film, including SONG OF KALI, DROOD, THE CROOK FACTORY, and others. Some, such as the four HYPERION novels and single Hyperion-universe novella "Orphans of the Helix", and CARRION COMFORT have been purchased (the Hyperion books by Warner Brothers and Graham King Films, CARRION COMFORT by European filmmaker Casta Gavras's company) and are in pre-production. Director Scott Derrickson ("The Day the Earth Stood Stood Still") has been announced as the director for the Hyperion movie and Casta Gavras's son has been put at the helm of the French production of Carrion Comfort. Current discussions for other possible options include THE TERROR. Dan's hardboiled Joe Kurtz novels are currently being looked as the basis for a possible cable TV series.
In 1995, Dan's alma mater, Wabash College, awarded him an honorary doctorate for his contributions in education and writing.

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