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By Sara on 29-06-10
Absolutely superb conclusion
This four-book series kept its momentum until the very end and was a pleasure to listen to from start to finish. This is my all-time favourite series of sci-fi books and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Excellent, interesting Sci-fi, beautifully written and read.
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By Jonathan Blackwell on 02-05-18
Simultaneously dull and implausible
I am not sure what went wrong with this book. Such a disappointing end after Hyperion, which was good, & The Fall of Hyperion, which was excellent.
Unfortunately Endymion is a bystander protagonist whose actions seem almost irrelevant to the plot. I switch off almost every time he enters a scene. He seems to whine incessantly & is just so passive as a character, never acting of his own accord but waiting for others to tell him what to do. He also appears to be incapable of working anything out for himself but has to be spoon fed explanations repeatedly.
Somehow the author tells the reader what will happen in the next few chapters & then one has to sit through hours of text as those plot points are realised. I feel like I am the one who went through time backwards when listening to this book because there was barely a twist or surprise that I hadn’t taken for granted several chapters earlier.
Endymion I wish I never met you!
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By Chaim on 26-06-09
Well written and narrated
The grand finale of the Hyperion Cantos! Well written, gut wrenching and ends well. I'm sad to see the series end, but.... That's life, right? I'll give it a year or two and then re-listen to the entire cantos again.
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By Chad on 01-03-09
Simmons' Magnum Opus
This is the crowning finale to Dan Simmons' sprawling Hyperion Cantos. There are resolutions, big reveals, and shocking twists a-plenty, but Simmons still leaves a some things in the shadows, only partly explained. But this is a good thing, as it heightens the mystery of his universe and spurs the reader to imagine what will happen next after the final paragraph.
This is epic sci fi at its very best: imagining an all-too plausible future universe where people struggle with age-old conundrums and ever-evolving moral responsibilities, shadowed by the persistent anxiety of man versus his machines. Though the Cantos is most definitely a polemic against organized religion, and Roman Catholicism in particular, Simmons shows a surprising gentleness to the church in the series' resolution, and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions about whether the church saved its own soul or not.
If you are a fan of science fiction, this series has it all: time travel, space battles, realistic physics and limitations in space travel, artificial intelligence, and, yes, a sweeping romance. This is a series of immense ideas and mind-bending scope. Do not miss it.
31 of 33 people found this review helpful