Review: Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion by Dan Simmons is on par, if not greater, than Dune. That's a massive statement for me to say because I absolutely love Frank Herbert's Dune and Dune series (those written by Frank, not the son and the hack).

Within Hyperion is a depth of character, story, and universe seldom seen in other works. If you want me to relay the plot, I can't without ruining the story. If you go looking for the plot, you will see that most who love this book, will offer up no glimpses within because this is a book that deserves to be read.

It does follow a Canterbury Tales-esque structure. You have to read the stories of the pilgrims on their way to the Time Tombs for an audience with the Shrike, The Lord of Pain. You come to know secrets and a depth of character not often found in very many books. If the Scholar's tale of Sol Weintraub doesn't hit you in the "feels" then you must be heartless with no soul.

If you are a science fiction fan or even a cyberpunk fan: READ THIS BOOK!!! There are AI's and Gibsonian references for the Cyberpunk fans. Meanwhile the space opera is on a level one will be amazed to take in.

Be prepared to read The Fall of Hyperion right after completing this because Dan Simmons has stated that both books make up the complete story and they were only separated because his publisher wanted it so. The same goes for books 3 and 4 of this series too. Therefore I will be breaking up my normal reading rotation to dive right into the sequel. I have to know how this plays out now.

I originally saw the cover for Hyperion back in the mid-90's and I have been intrigued by it ever since then but a bit hesitant because I knew it would not be light reading. However, I am so happy that I took the dive. This is an instant classic in my opinion and the amount of passages I highlighted, because they deal with our modern day in some way, really surprised me. Again... READ THIS Book!!!

2021 Book Completion Count: 11 (and 1 Novella/ Short Story)


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