The multiple-award-winning science fiction master returns to the universe that is his greatest triumph--the world of Hyperion and The Fall of
Hyperion --with a novel even more magnificent than its predecessors.
Dan Simmons's Hyperion was an immediate sensation on its first publication in 1989. This staggering multifaceted tale of the far future heralded the conquest of the science fiction field by a man who had already won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel (Song of Kali) and had also published one of the most well-received horror novels in the field, Carrion Comfort. Hyperion went on to win the Hugo Award as Best Novel, and it and its companion volume, The Fall of Hyperion, took their rightful places in the science fiction pantheon of new classics.
Now, six years later, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror--an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.
I like the literary and cultural references (though invoking Frank Lloyd Wright was a bit much) but the real charm of this book is its adventure stylings. A wild and sweet adventure through space, time and the metasphere.
Creeped out by the subtle pedophilia...
I wanted to like this book more than I did. But the ick factor was too hard to ignore. Why did the author have to devote words to describing a 12 year old’s naked body? Gross.
Apart from the subtly disturbing hints of Aenea & Raul’s future as lovers, I liked the book because it satiated my desire for more of the rich Hyperion universe. I was especially glad that Martin Silenus made an appearance, albeit a brief one. He was by far my favorite character from the previous Hyperion books.
This book introduced some interesting new characters; in particular, I enjoyed Captain de Soya. It becomes clear early on that he has good intentions and is simply caught up in a scheme that is greater than himself. I wondered if his constant resurrections were going to make him go insane and turn him into a “real” antagonist, but in the end he was just a decent human being. It would have been an interesting turn of events if he had gone insane due to the cruciform, however.
I’m on the fence about reading the 4th book. Aenea’s character was never that interesting to me (I actually found her somewhat annoying), but perhaps the story is better with her as an adult. At least then the ick factor would be gone.