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Hyperion -- Dan Simmons
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008

Hyperion

Hyperion is one of those science fiction books that has been around forever (since the mid 80's) and I've never read.  I've seen it sitting on the bookstore shelves many times and it always looked interesting.  For some reason, though, I was led to believe that it was a futuristic retelling of Homer's Odyssey.  That was probably why it took so long for me to get to reading it.  I wanted to read The Odyssey first.  Now I see that the delay was unnecessary.  Hyperion is not a retelling of The Odyssey.  It is closer to a retelling of The Canterbury Tales but even that is not a very good comparison. 

 

If someone was to create a shelf of the all time best science fiction this book would be on the list.  It is almost universally considered one of sci-fi's greats.  But I didn't like it that much.  Each of the character's stories were somewhat interesting and they all tied together to make a more cohesive big picture but it was just not enough to draw me in.  

There was quite a bit left unresolved at the end of the book.  In fact, it appears that the ending of the book is more of a starting for a new story.  I'm guessing that the sequel to this, The Fall Of Hyperion, starts pretty much where this one leaves off or provides an explanation of what happens after this book ends.  But I'll probably never find out what happens because I don't intend to read the sequel.  A friend of mine told me that the first book was the best in the series.  Since I already have reservations about this one I don't see any point in reading the next.

 

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