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Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion Hardcover – January 1, 1996

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  • Hardcover: 936 pages
  • Publisher: GuildAmerica Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568651759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568651750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This volume is 929 pages, and contains a dense amount of detail. Think "War and Peace" meets "War of the Worlds" somewhere in a distant solar system when mankind has an interstellar Hegemony.

Taken by itself, volume one, Hyperion is an unfinished masterpiece, science fiction literature that mimics the format of the Canterbury Tales -- a group of pilgrims traveling to uncertain doom, each retelling their unique, individual stories. The Crucriform, Merlin's Sickness, Poetry and Sad King Billy, Keats in Cybrid, For Love Of War, and The Consul's Tale -- develop extremely strong characters (characterization, often lacking in science fiction, is overwhelmingly present). As the pilgrims reach the time tombs, the first book ends, right in the middle of everything.

The Fall of Hyperion picks up the plotline and concludes the epic. It is too long. Perhaps Simmons benefited from relaxed editing, or decided he was writing a 'future classic' and included poetic scenes with little plot relevance. Either way, the second volume takes 400+ pages for a 200 page story. Two new perspective characters are introduced (M. Gladstone and M. Severn), and 100 pages are wasted recapping events which 'just happened' in book one. Additionally Simmons included 10+ pages of poetry by Keats, in italics, for atmosphere mid-story.
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Fabulous novel. One even the literary snob types might like, given the structure and all the Keats work.

The novel has a Canterbury Tales type feel, as a group of men and women travelling to the important planet Hyperion tell their stories.

Travel is instantaneous throughout the galaxy thanks to the TechnoCore, an AI group and their farcaster technology. People can literally have different rooms of their houses on different planets.

Hyperion is the site of the Time Tombs, an artifact travelling back in time, sent by an unknown entity.

The planet will be the site of an attack by a rogue group of far travelling humanity called the Ousters, upon the stay at homes, unflatteringly terming themselves the Hegemony.

The travelling band must also deal with The Shrike, a monstrous avatar of pain.

5 out of 5
Omnibus type edition from a book club, containing Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion.

A more convetional story structure is to be found here, as the pilgrims try and deal with an invasion, a Hegemony political leader, and an android avatar reincarnation of Keats.

They discover that the TechnoCore itself is fighting its own battles, and the spillover affects them in a very serious way.

Oh, and throw in some highly entertaining Catholic satire, to boot.

5 out of 5
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Wow... what a brilliant novel this is. Along with Hyperion (Hyperion and The Fall Of Hyperion are technically one novel). The Fall Of Hyperion is without doubt one of the very best works of fiction that I have ever read. The book immediately picks up from the end of Hyperion and continues the amazing story that takes the reader on a mind bending story that I found to be a staggering feat of imagination. The use of the word 'masterpiece' is perhaps often over used but I personally hold no reservations at all in saying that this is without doubt a MASTERPIECE. The writing is superb and really impressive. I will never forget how much I enjoyed the Hyperion experience and I hope that I get just as much out of the two books set 247 years later, Endymion and The Rise Of Endymion in the not too distant future. To summarise my thoughts, one word... outstanding.
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"Hyperion" cycle is a quartet divided in two halves that shares the same universe. This book starts the first part.

Even if "Hyperion" has all the in and outs of a classical Sci-Fi novel, is much more than that.
Is the story of seven pilgrims trying to arrive to a particular shrine in a journey full of dangers, but at the same time is the life story of each one of them.

These personal recounts dig deep into essential human questions.
Religious faith and on what basis is sustained, is investigate from different stand points. One from a Catholic priest view point, in the verge of loosing his faith, the other one from a Jew intellectual confronted with God commandment to sacrifice his daughter (I found in this episode some resonance of Kierkegaard's meditations in Fear and Trembling).

Just these two stories will be reason more than enough to recommend the book, but there is a lot more, much more to enjoy.
A decadent poet tells his life and struggle to find his muse at whatever cost.
A detective's story mixed with John Keats restored to life.
All this elements skillfully mixed in a page-turner Sci-Fi adventure.

One of the best novels I ever read.

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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