- File Size: 3370 KB
- Print Length: 481 pages
- Publisher: Spectra; 1st edition (January 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2011
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004G60EHS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Read this, and then the others. You won't regret it.
Unless you posses superhuman willpower, you will buy the next book when you get to the cliffhanger at the end. I just finished reading that sequel, and sadly it really doesn't measure up to this giant of a book. Oh well.
Make sure to listen to Rachmaninoff's prelude in C# minor while you read the prologue!
[This is where I realize amazon forces you to lump reviews of sequels together with the first book!! What is that all about??]
I would give Fall of Hyperion (book 2) 3 stars if I could rate it separately.
In the first book, a character writes a best-seller and then is forced by his publisher to crank out uninspired sequels. I wonder if that's what happened to Simmons, too!
Fall of Hyperion is less about characters, and more about technologies, species, and warfare. Unfortunately, Simmons' strength lies in his ability to write characters. If you are trained as a scientist or engineer you are unlikely to find the technologies in the book convincing or compelling, despite the fact that they are discussed in detail. AI gets involved and Simmons writes a bunch of Tron-like landscapes which didn't really seem to reflect information theory or computer science. There's too much boring poetry. The plot depends heavily on several types of time travel, and the glaring contradictions that arise are ignored.
It does have its moments. I smiled many times and even laughed a little, but it certainly is a pale echo of the first book. The saving grace is that the book ends with an immensely satisfying conclusion which didn't made me feel I needed to read any more of the series.
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