by Dan Simmons
Part of the Gollancz S.F. series
It is the 29th century and the universe of the Human Hegemony is under threat.
Invasion by the warlike Ousters looms, and the mysterious schemes of the secessionist AI TechnoCore bring chaos ever closer. On the eve of disaster, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set fourth on a final voyage to the legendary Time Tombs on Hyperion, home to the Shrike, a lethal creature, part god and part killing machine, whose powers transcend the limits of time and space.
The pilgrims have resolved to die before discovering anyhting less than the secrets of the universe itself.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 08/12/2005
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780575076372
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Review by r00fus
Great book, impressive series. His best work.
Review by michaeldwebb
Sci-Fi. Not exactly cool is it? Not something you'd admit to reading. I used to love it when I was a kid, but lost the taste for it years ago. I can make it through the odd 'literary' sci-fi book (eg Atwood) but that's about it. Every now and then I give it try though, just really to recapture some sort of youth I guess, and usually give up very quickly..I picked this up for £1 as a random purchase from Bookends in Hay-on-Wye in a big pile of other random books - maybe a throwaway title for a summers day that never came.Opening sentences: 'The Hegemony Consul sat on the balcony... Bruise-black clouds silhouetted a forest gynosperms..."Utter gibberish, yes? I great reminded of why sci-fi was no longer for me. But I persevered (after all, it had cost a pound...) and how I was rewarded. Seriously. This book is probably actually a masterpiece of sorts, hugely imaginative, vaguely emotional, set in a perfectly believable universe.It's actually six different stories (or rather, six people telling there stories), all which add more to the overall picture, and I really did find my self suspending all disbelief and getting totally involved.Be warned though. It's a pretty big book, and ends with things unresolved. There's a follow up. I'll be reading it.
Review by pauliharman
Interesting story in the spirit of "Canterbury Tales". A group of travellers have been summoned to journey towards a mysterious Artefact, all of whom already have some relationship to it. The framing narrative tells their journey; as they travel they all tell their tales - some funny, some extremely moving - particularly the tale of the father whose daughter is aging in reverse, which ad me sobbing on the train into work. Recommended.
Review by behemothing
I liked Simmons' take on time and space, especially the geopolitics and social implications of relativity. Some of my quibbles with this book might be due to the fact that I listened to the audiobook, which had uneven narration (why doesn't Steven Pacey read every book ever?). The thing that I disliked the most was the stiffness of the language, which seems overly formal or not suited towards the first-person and personal narration that the framing device requires. For example, oral accounts of action sequences are relayed in bizarrely specific detail (esp in the Soldier and Detective chapters):<br/><br/>"Queue got the first blow in, feinting a straight-fingered jab with his left hand and coming up and around with a swinging kick instead. I ducked but he connected solidly enough to make my left shoulder and upper arm go numb. Queue danced backward. I followed. He swung a close-fisted right-handed punch. I blocked it. He chopped with his left hand. I blocked with my right forearm. Queue danced back, whirled, and unleashed a left-footed kick. I ducked, caught his leg as it passed over, and dumped him on the sand. Queue jumped up. I knocked him down with a short left hook. He rolled away and scrambled to his knees. I kicked him behind his left ear, pulling the blow enough to leave him conscious."<br/><br/>It did not make me feel like I was on the Sea of Grass listening to a detective tell me why she was with me on Hyperion. <br/><br/>But by the end I was interested in listening to book two! And here I go!