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Dan Simmons
On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who ha...

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Comment from [Reddit user] with 11 upvotes on /r/books/

After a seeing it a bunch of times on here, I started reading Hyperion, by Dan Simmons yesterday and it's already hard to put down!

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

I've never figured a book so wrong. The prologue before the first chapter is almost unreadable - it reads like the wikipedia page of "sci-fi stuff naming cliches" - but then you get to the first story and all that just melts away. I'm fully in.

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I'm about to go on a two-week vacation so I'm bringing books that I haven't had time to read at home.

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Child of God, by Cormac McCarthy

And I'm finishing off Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut before I leave.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Have been binge reading space operas for the last 6 months and the following 3 book in the Hyperion series should end up in my mailbox tomorrow.

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Just finished Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. Really enjoyed it, should I keep going with the rest of the series?

Started Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett. Book 11 in the disc world series, loving it so far.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons I heard about this from a thread in June on "books that have ruined a whole genre for you" -- many people stated this book ruined sci-fi/fantasy for them. I don't know if I can go that far as I've just finished it, but the book was pretty epic and it finished it such a way that I'm semi obsessed with getting started right away on the next book. That said, I found it very slow going at first but once it got into the story I couldn't stop reading it.

The Dispatcher, John Scalzi I finished the audiobook of this one, I'm not even sure it would be a book per se, or rather a novella. I've read a couple of Scalzi's books so far this year and have enjoyed them and heard good things about this one. The story was good and the narration by Zachary Quinto was nicely done. That said it was so short that it sort of left me wanting more as the premise was quite interesting.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

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Finished Hyperion, by Dan Simmons and Faithful Place, by Tana French

I still don't know how I feel about Hyperion, as I finished it earlier this evening. I loved the characters and the writing itself was really great, but the whole book felt like it was an ad for the next book. I won't ever say it was a bad book, but I was a bit disappointed from how highly regarded I saw it was. I'll probably read the next one though.

Faithful Place was great. Love the whole Murder Squad series.

Currently reading The Silk Worm, by Robert Galbraith.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Finally, managed to find time to read this absolutely outstanding book. It was quite unusual and easy to follow, I really enjoyed the idea of dividing the whole story into six separate stories, which make one big complex story about this mysterious universe.

Can’t wait to get to the next books of the series!

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Finished Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. I greatly enjoyed the book, though I had a bad habit of putting it down then picking it back up again a few weeks later and wondering to myself "why did I put this down?". I'm going to read a few other books before I start on Fall of Hyperion.

Started Dune, by Frank Herbert. My favorite book. I've been meaning to do a reread for years and never got around to it, randomly watched some video discussions of it on YouTube and pulled one of my four copies out of storage. In two/three days I'm already halfway through the second book of three. Its funny how every time I read it I end up paying more attention to different parts: in the past its been the culture clash between Paul and the Fremen, the politics and endless plotting of the houses, and this time its the details of the ecology of Dune and how it influences the story.

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Finished The Martian, by Andy Weir.

Not sure how I feel about the book. The sciency stuff was entertaining, but in the end I was just glad it ended. Maybe I had high expectations for it, but it left me quite bored past the first third or half of the book.

Started Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.

I just finished Brawne Lamias story, and so far I love it. I actually like how technologies aren't explained in detail, but you piece together bits of information here and there.

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I finished

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Great book and very heart wrenching, I would love to read another story like it.

Kindred by Octavia Butler This book should be required reading. It is encompassing.

Still reading Hyperion by Simmons I have to re-read a couple of pages to understand where I left off.

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Hyperion volume 1, by Dan Simmons

Needs no introduction, and I've been postponing this for years. I ate the paperback I had at home during the weekend and loaded the next volumes on my kindle for more!

It's super cool. The characters are well written, the story is captivating, the writing feels... I don't know, human? I already read stuff from Simmons (like Terror, sadly unfinished) and loved it, but this, this is amazing!

(Note for Frenchies looking at the 4 book omnibus of the french edition for Kindle: I had it refunded. The formatting was all weird, there was OCD errors and the italic (there is a lot of it in those books apparently) was stuck in a super small size and font, that I couldn't change. 24€ for such a thing is a big no...)

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I finally got around to reading Hyperion, by Dan Simmons.

Fantastic book. Definitely going down as one of my favorites. Looking forward to The Fall of Hyperion.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

Easy to understand why it won the Hugo. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, especially since this one ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger

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Novellas in the Cherringham Cosy Crime Series. Enjoyable mysteries that I've been listening to

A Question of Hats, by Clara Benson

Short story in the Angela Marchmont series which is a very enjoyable mystery series in the style of Golden Age Detective Fiction

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Started and finished American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. Great read-- had me hooked from the beginning and it lived up to the hype!

In between library borrows I've been working on Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson, as well as Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, by Richard Rhodes which was lent to me by a colleague. I finished his previous book on the making of the atomic bomb, which was phenomenal, but a bit of a slog so I am breaking this one up with some fiction reading.

Just got Hyperion, by Dan Simmons from the library so I'll be starting that later tonight.

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Foundation, by Isaac Asimov I love Asimov's robot books, but had never read this one. I thought it was good without being great. Maybe would have admired what he was doing more had I been younger.

The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard Wish there'd been more explanation of the world, but the characters were interesting.

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons Some of the stories could have been novels in and of themselves, and the world-building was immense and immersive. But there was no end... Guess this means book 2 XD

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I’m not much of a Sci-Fi reader but i’m always open to new things. I’m currently reading Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. I really enjoyed the first story about the small tribe and i’ve just got to the second story.

I struggle a bit with Sci-fi, i’m not sure why. Sometimes the language throws me off.

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This week, I finished:

Death Troopers, by Joe Schreiber This was a silly but fun Star Wars Zombie novel. Some fun dropins from some known characters who are well written in it, however it's rather predictable. What can you expect from a Zombie novel these days?

A Study in Brimstone, by G.S.Denning The first book in the Warlock Holmes series. Again, very silly and fun, yet not enough to hold me onto going further on the series.

War of the Worlds, by H.G Wells This was brilliant. I've been on a bit of a classic scifi kick this year and this was near the top of the list. A brilliant tale, although it hasn't aged as well as others, still very enjoyable.

I started yesterday:

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons A few hours into this one, I think I'll enjoy it. Not what I expected going into it so far, but very well written.

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I have finally started We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. After reading a few doorstopper science fictions while on vacation, it's nice to have something short and simple. Plus Jackson is an excellent writer I'd been meaning to get into. While on vacation, I also finished Hyperion, by Dan Simmons and The Reality Dysfunction, by Peter F. Hamilton.

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started Hyperion, by Dan Simmons really good so far, was a bit difficult to get started but it really flows once you get into it.

Also finished Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card. Definitely worth a read but i'm still unclear why it's rated as a pinnacle of scifi. Probably for the same reason I can't appreciate Citizen Kane as so many movies have used the tropes and style that the movie created

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Finished: The Outsider, by Stephen King Started: Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

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Finished Hyperion, by Dan Simmons . It was kind of a shlog to get through but the ending did make me want to pick up the next book at some point.

Started The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. took me the first couple chapters to get into it but now I'm hooked. Also, didn't realise Patrick Rothfuss was the beardy guy that occaisionally appeared on Critical Role.

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I read Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. It had come up in so many lists of recommended books along with many "best of scifi" book lists. I am not a very experienced reader, but I found this book to be a slog. The lore and background of the story was actually quite clever and really interesting. However, Simmons decided it would be best to make you trudge through a lot of tedious and clunky dialogue and narration in each short story before the interesting parts would show up in the last 10-20% of each. I truly hate this tactic. Additionally, I could not relate to the cliche characters. Of the several stories, the only one I could find myself even caring about was the father and daughter story. I really wanted to like this book. Maybe I am missing something, because the reviews are pretty overwhelmingly positive.

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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

I just finished my re-read of this. One of my favorite all time novels.

Hyperion tells the story of a vast intergalactic society through the series of seemingly random POVs- Much like the Canterbury Tales. The scope of the book is vast, and each POV incredibly unique.

The book is so varied, with topics that i would never connect to each other, that i like to guess/assume/joke that this book came around as a dare.

You see, i bet the author and a buddy were sitting around drinking... and boasting.

Author: I can write about anything, and it will sell.

Friend: Ha! Keep telling yourself that.

Author: Im serious, come on, give me an idea. Anything.

Friend: Hmm... Ok. You know how i love the poet Keats? So i want you to write a book about Keats. BUT! It has to be Sci-Fi, and in interstellar space.

Author: Well...that's interesting...hmm...

Friend: And, you have to include a real life account of the battle of Agincourt. And there has to be immortal androgynous humans. And electric/tesla trees. And an inter-dimensional death entity. AND. AND. DINOSAURS. REAL LIFE DINOSAURS.

Author: Hold my beer.

But thats not why Hyperion stands out.

  • POV/Characters. Each POV reads completely unique versus the one before it. Not only does each character act different, but the writing in each section changes to perfectly match the current POV character.

  • Plots. Each plot is unique, some even floored me. For example, Sol's story? Wow.

  • Storyline. The story isn't linear, but more a series of random snapshots. Have you ever seen one of those image mosaic compilations from Mars/Ceres/Pluto etc, where a number of pictures are joined together to show a whole? Think of each of these frames being revealed one by one. That is how this book is structured. While completely unique in there own right, each story also reveals one frame of the whole. As the reader progresses through the book, more and more connections are made, and when finished, the picture/mosaic/storyline is awesome.

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Finished —-

Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

My husband kept telling me this book would break my heart. Oh, how right he was. I bawled during one of the stories. Loved it way more than I ever thought I would.

The City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert

This was a very solid, fun read all the way through. Wonderfully intriguing story.


An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green

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I just finished A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, and immediately afterward began reading Hyperion, by Dan Simmons. I adored "Canticle" more than I can express, and it's definitely in my top-5 favorite novels at this point. I'm a couple of hundred pages into Hyperion, and I'm very intrigued to read more, especially given how iconic it is to sci-fi as a whole genre