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Hyperion Paperback – 1 March 1991
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- Publisher : Feature; 1st edition (1 March 1991)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0747234825
- ISBN-13 : 978-0747234821
- Dimensions : 11.1 x 17.5 x 3 cm
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Only the down-sides were- the poem was not so touching or inspirational: seemed more for the expression by the author Dan Simmons; Story ending not clearly in this book, though it promises the next 2/4 of the series; some description of the events unclear to link the events in fluidity.
Great read though;
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Firstly it annoys me that someone would take so much time describing an entire culture to write it off as worthless and for want of a better term sinful. Derogatory terms are thrown out one after the other until I wanted to put the book down. I only finished this because I’d paid for it.
People say now that the writers comments about Greta Thunberg and his prejudice against Islam are a recent trend but reading this book it was clear that he was happy to write off enormous groups of people 30 years ago. The story of the priest amongst the indigenous people reads as if Hitler wrote it. I won’t deny the story was interesting by the end but it’s not worth giving money to this kind of nonsense.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2019
It just doesn't matter though. Having rolled my eyes at all the sci-fi nonsense in the first chapter, I found myself drawn in and read half the book in one sitting. It follows a Generation X style format where characters take turns to tell their own stories and each story is fascinating. The characters feel very different, their stories really do seem to come from different narrators. Some are pulpy and exciting, others are really touching.
The end is a bit disappointing, it is basically put off to be dealt with in the second book. However, this first entry in the series is so well written that reading the next one was necessity for me anyway.
It's brilliant. Mr Simmons scope of imagination in breathtaking, his prose is lyrical and his ability to transport the reader into the worlds of his creation is incomparable. Hyperion is not just a book it's an achievement and having read it in two days, I can't wait to start the sequel.
Dan, you've made an old woman very happy.
It is written in the style of The Canterbury Tales, each character's story gives us an insight into that character and introduces us to a different part of the vast world Simmons has created. Think of it as several novellas that are linked together by their pilgrimage which works well.
There are plenty of references to various other literary works which I liked, the ending was rather anticlimactic but if I think of this book as the introduction to the world Simmons has created and as several novellas then I'm fine with that.