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Endymion (Hyperion) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1996
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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Must read if you are into sci-fi. He is up there with Asimov.
As far as this book in particular, it is the epic conclusion of the 4 book series. Most people I recommend the series to usually can't get this far. The concepts are very complex and seem mundane if you don't see the core of the story: Love and empathy are what hold the universe together and connect us as humans to each other.
The storyline of Endymion and Rise of Endymion is steady, the books started a bit slowly, but by mid-point I would eventually get engrossed and was not able to put the book down (as had happened for the first 2 books). I think the characters are very approachable, and the storyline, told from multiple viewpoints never gets stale. Using the first person narrator for the character of Raul was well done, not campy, and the eventual conclusion to the series was a very large satisfying culmination of both books. There is the strong interwoven "Jesus and faith" typology in the book, which I didn't mind. It wasn't overpowering, it wasn't trying to prove a point, but was really just a means and a vehicle to move the story along its arc.
Overall, I highly recommend the all 4 books in the series.
You learn a lot more about some of the worlds of the former Hegemony, there is quite a bit of action, there are villains new and old.... Like it's predecessors It's still a galactic empire style sci-fi, festooned with every bit fictional technology ever conceived and wrapped in a blanket of literary smugness...but also like it's predecessors it is well written, exciting and varied and while it doesn't make my shortlist I still can't stop reading.