- Series: Hyperion Cantos (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 481 pages
- Publisher: Spectra (March 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553283685
- ISBN-13: 978-0553283686
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,094 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Dan Simmons has brilliantly conceptualized a future 700 years distant. In sheer scope and complexity it matches, and perhaps even surpasses, those of Isaac Asimov and James Blish.”—The Washington Post Book World
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I bought Hyperion impulsively because of its "brilliant, transcendent" etc reviews, which I happened upon looking for more Neal Stephenson. I came so close to missing it! How many more wonderful books am I missing? How will I know? Why do I live in the middle of nowhere? ahem.
Buy this book if you love beautifully written sci-fi mystery.
Read this, and then the others. You won't regret it.
That said, Simmons' Canterbury Tales-esque structure works well, and the stories that each character tells on their pilgrimage are intriguing and often shocking. And you're certainly left wanting to read book two.
The Fall of Hyperion, on the other hand, is moving, compelling, and thoughtful. It's as if Simmons took the entirety of the first book to set up the payoffs in the second. He's gotten all the cleverness one out of his system and settles down to do what he needs to do: let the characters' stories unfold. And they do so beautifully.
I won't give away any spoilers. However, I'll say that the end is a little mind-blowing and very, very poignant.
After all these years, the books have apparently been optioned for a miniseries. I'll be curious to see how they translate to the small screen.
Now the pros and cons. Author Dan Simmons is a great story teller and this book contains half a dozen uniquely good stories. He's a good writer. But he's also a verbose writer. If one adjective is good, six are great. The book ends up being too long and I struggled at times to continue to pay attention. His character development is uneven, some are interesting but many are flat and cliche. The dialog is unimaginative and repetitive. The biggest problem is his ending. He didn't write one. He purposely leaves the reader hanging for the next book. I think that's unpardonable in a book of this length. I won't be reading more of Dan Simmons, at least for quite a while.