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Offline AzWingsFan

Hyperion?
« on: June 11, 2015, 08:55:04 AM »
No this doesnt pertain to the news of it being adapted into a tv series. This has to with the book. Im not really a reader of scifi, prefermainly fantasy, in most of its forms. But I have seen Hyperion nearly every time I go to a bookstore. Saw it in Powells, saw it at half price books.  Just looking to see if it would be enjoyable to a primarily fantasy fan or not. Any thoughts on the series?
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Re: Hyperion?
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2015, 09:23:57 AM »
I didn't enjoy it much, thought it was vastly overrated. There are quite a lot of fantastical elements, so there's a chance that you might like it, but I'd definitely get it out of the library first rather than buy it if I were you!  ;)
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Re: Hyperion?
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2015, 10:35:40 AM »
I found it to be fascinating but with many unpleasant elements. Library.
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Offline Idlewilder

Re: Hyperion?
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2015, 10:55:07 AM »
To be contrarian, this is one of my favourite books. And like Raptori says, it has a lot of fantastical elements.

Piece of advice though: treat Hyperion and its sequel, The Fall of Hyperion as two parts of one book. The first one has zero resolution, and it is intended to be read as a whole.
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Offline Titus

Re: Hyperion?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2015, 12:49:40 PM »
To be contrarian, this is one of my favourite books. And like Raptori says, it has a lot of fantastical elements.

Piece of advice though: treat Hyperion and its sequel, The Fall of Hyperion as two parts of one book. The first one has zero resolution, and it is intended to be read as a whole.

I was a predominantly fantasy reader when I picked this up (a few years back now), and I absolutely adored it, it's one of the best books I've read in any genre.  Agree with the above though, it does need to be read in conjunction with Fall of Hyperion.  They're two parts of one book, but quite different in style.

Offline Idlewilder

Re: Hyperion?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2015, 01:55:14 PM »
In the Book Club archives there is a very good set of discussions on Hyperion from 2012. Here is my own post re: reading The Fall of Hyperion as well as Hyperion, something @Nighteyes also recommended...

The other thing, more specifically related to Hyperion, is that when Dan Simmons submitted the manuscript to his publisher, he actually submitted it as "The Hyperion Cantos". It was one huge novel consisting of Hyperion as part 1, and The Fall of Hyperion as part 2. His publisher told him it was too big to market, so he allowed them to split it into 2 separate novels.

When/if you read Fall it's sort of obvious that it was a second part, rather than a rushed sequel or  just tying up loose ends. Fall is a structurally very different book and it opens things out to a universal scale, but it does have a pretty concrete ending.

There is also another 2 parter called "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion" but I haven't read them yet, and don't feel the urgent need to do so, as I was satisfied with the ending to "The Fall of Hyperion".
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Offline Timstar

Re: Hyperion?
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2015, 01:21:56 PM »
I've just finished The Fall of Hyperion, it was a great ending but I much preferred the format of the first book.

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