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Old 05-28-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Need Advice - Is Hyperion Really That Good?

I read book 1 back in the 80's or whenever it first came out. In my mind, I remember it as being horrible. However, many people here have mentioned reading the whole series, and when I went to whatshouldireadnext.com, typed in A Fire Upon the Deep, it listed Hyperion as something I might enjoy.

This is the one with the wheel of fortune which judges life or death, right?

You guys know I like hard scifi but not fantasy. No dragons or vampires, please.

DO YOU THINK I SHOULD GIVE HYPERION ANOTHER LOOK?
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:42 AM   #2
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:58 AM   #3
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I have read and enjoyed Hyperion and Endymion. I think that Dan Simmons is quite an acomplished writer, but a lot is lost in his books if you do not know your mythology/ history ...

Definetely try it- he paints a fascinating world

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Old 05-28-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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I have read and enjoyed Hyperion and Endymion. I think that Dan Simmons is quite an acomplished writer, but a lot is lost in his books if you do not know your mythology/ history ...
Notice that _Hyperion_ and _The Fall of Hyperion_ is really one book. I liked it a lot but I did not continued with more books in the series.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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It seems people either love or hate Dan Simmons - I've read several of his books and enjoyed them - my only complaint is that they tend to drag on at the end - but Hyperion is worth a second look (IMHO).
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:08 PM   #6
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There have been two recent threads/posts on Hyperion at tor.com, both by Jo Walton, Is the right book winning the Hugo? and Better to travel hopefully: Dan Simmons’s Hyperion. Hyperion won the Hugo in 1990, and Jo concludes that it was the best novel of that year. She also concludes that
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The reading order for the Hyperion series is “Read Hyperion and then stop.” But Hyperion itself is well worth reading and re-reading. It’s undoubtedly a masterpiece.
Others agree with tompe that Fall of Hyperion rounds out the storyline.
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All right, I'll get all three. (Stocking upon ebooks before going on "vacation" to the piney woods of Young Harris, GA, next week.)

Is the reading order Hyperion, Endymion, and Fall of Hyperion?
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If you hated the first book, you will probably hate the second book. But people's taste change over time so you have to take that into account.

Even if you like the two original books there's no guarantee that you will like the two Endymion books. I know I didn't.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:36 PM   #9
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Is the reading order Hyperion, Endymion, and Fall of Hyperion?
There are four books:
Hyperion (1989)
The Fall of Hyperion (1990)
Endymion (1996)
The Rise of Endymion (1997)
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:58 PM   #10
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The reason I am reconsidering them is because I loved Simmons' Ilium and Olympos so much. So when the suggestion surfaced again, it sort of sparked my interest.

NEXT QUESTION: Why didn't you guys tell me the books are not available in e-format?

I've been searching the usual bookstores, but if there is a link (NOT KINDLE), I would appreciate it.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:38 PM   #11
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I found the Hyperion cycle slow and torturous. I skipped some parts in the 1st book and gave up 1/3 way through the 2nd.

I would not order all of the books at once. Try one and see it if you like it or not.

If I want something slower paced but really deep, Gene Wolfe and David Zindell are my choices.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:43 PM   #12
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Any specific titles you would recommend?
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:40 PM   #13
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I enjoyed Hyperion and Endymion but would not compare them to A Fire Upon the Deep. They are a little, um, ponderous and vague. I like Ilium & Olympos much more myself.

I recommend a look-see at Richard Morgan (Altered Carbon, Thirteen, Market Forces).
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The reason I am reconsidering them is because I loved Simmons' Ilium and Olympos so much. So when the suggestion surfaced again, it sort of sparked my interest.

NEXT QUESTION: Why didn't you guys tell me the books are not available in e-format?

I've been searching the usual bookstores, but if there is a link (NOT KINDLE), I would appreciate it.
yeah I know right, after reading a bunch of positive reviews about it I went to look for it.

and the bad boys copy is chucker block full of ocr errors and my local library branches don't have it.
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Who has Hyperion in eBook form? I've not been able to find it.
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