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The Rise of EndymionFinally I have finished the entire Hyperion Cantos the series than began with the all time sci fi classic Hyperion almost concluded in The Fall of Hyperion launched a second arc in Endymion and ends here with The Rise of Endymion These last two books read like a duology than the third and fourth installations of a series The Cantos is often discussed in PrintSF my sci fi books discussions online community The second half of the series tend to be uite Förster Grünrock erzählt polarizing Someeople love it some say it is disappointing one reader even calls it a bad fan fiction of the first two books The Goodreads average rating for these last two books however indicate that they are uite well liked by the majority In my opinion they are well worth reading if you like Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion but they are not sf classics like these earlier books This is not one of those series that can be read out of seuence in fact The Rise of Endymion continues directly from the Attack of the Invisible Cats previous volume Endymion After narrowly escaping capture by the Pax church state and their secretartner the insidious and malevolent mega AI entity the TechnoCore our heroes the messianic Aenea and Raul Endymion have settled down on Old Earth just Earth to us for a few years That is until one day Aenea instructs Raul to go on an interminable mission to ick up their spaceship which they left on another lanet in the ソウルケイジ[Sōru Keiji] previous book and bring it to her at areprogrammed destination After finally reuniting with great difficulty they travel to the lanet where the Pax run Vatican is located and confront the Pax and the evil AIThere are uite a few edge of the seat thrilling scenes in this book especially those involving the killer super cyborgs T 1000 like Nemes Scylla and the other one The eually formidable Shrike from all the revious books is also Scottish Rite present to challenge these whippersnapper cyborgs However the book is not a thrill ride all the way as Raul s solo adventure to reclaim their Consul s Ship drags at time though he did get to meet some wonderful characters and cultures on the way The climax is suitably epic and mystical and the events that follow wrap up the entire Cantos nicely I did see the twist at the end from miles away though if you have read this book I d love to know if did the sameAwesome Russian cover I have had it with this motherfuckin Shrike on this motherfuckin raft Dan Simmonsrose is always great to read slipping into lyrical mode from time to time with the odd and very odd How to Win the Nobel Prize: An Unexpected Life in Science poems The characterization is the main strength of this book therotagonists and antagonists are all very well drawn The sci fi aspect of it is not so mind boggling now as they were mostly featured in the Life Among the Surrealists previous books Some of the new sci fi elements border on fantasy such as FTL traveling by foot through a sort of hyperspace shortcut Not to mention all the chosen one and messianic tropes In fact Aenea reminds me a lot of Paul Muad Dib from Dune All of the mysteries from therevious books including the origin and nature of the Shrike are explained to the displeasure of some fans who refer them to be left unexplained The book is also very romantic optimistic and yet kind of tragicI am glad I have finished the entire series but the first two books classic Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion remain two of my all time favorites which I would like to reread some day I enjoyed Endymion and The Rise of Endymion but I am not likely to reread them This book could have been half the length and I would have been thrilledToo much hilosophizing Too much useless description too much exposition of the science behind why the characters were able to do what they did The The ABC of Communism plot twist if it was meant to be one wasretty damned obvious immediatelyAgain de Soya was much compelling than any of the major characters and he s relegated to an even less important role in this book SO DISAPPOINTING He may be one of my favorite characters encountered in my recent reading adventuresI am glad I read this just so I could learn how the story ended Endymion did leave a decent number of loose ends but again I would have been so happy if it had been shorterIf you don t want to waste your time reading this and arts of it are good really but you have to wade through a lot of garbage to get to those arts but you read Endymion and want to know how it ends I will gladly spoil the lot for you SeriouslyEdit 122011 I had to come back and remove another star simply because I remembered how ridiculous the whole view SPOILERKIDNEY STONE HIDE SPOILER THE SCENE WHERE CORPORAL BASSIN stone hide spoiler The scene where Corporal Bassin is undergoing torture at the hands of the Grand Inuisitor who uses a machine that simulates crushed testicles and hot wire behind right eye in the victim s brain that s a good approximation of the experience I had reading this book There s Dan Simmons sitting at his desk finger oised over a computer keyboard In the When The Light Went Out place of letters each key has a different literary torture moldy info dump forced down throat insufferablerotagonist buzzes on face but can t be swatted new ideas generate excitement but take off masks to reveal tired concepts from three books ago and of course sex scenes that cause genitals to shrivel If offered my choice of two options rereading this garbage or getting impaled of the Tree of Pain I d give the Shrike a big bear hug and ask for his sharpest thornDespite all the ain the book itself ca The Rise of Endymion is the fourth and last of the full length Hyperion Cantos novels by Dan Simmons It is a well written exciting thought rovoking and wistful conclusion to one of my favorite series As I finished reading it memories of watching thought rovoking and wistful conclusion to one of my favorite series As I finished reading it memories of watching Wizard of Oz for the first time on my grandmother s 15 RCA television the kind set into a wooden cabinet ran through my mind Little Mr Windup Bird so sad that he couldn t jump into the television and go on an adventure with Dorothy Toto The Tin Man The Cowardly Lion and The Scarecrow The whole family watched television together in those days Grandpa sitting in the big armchair smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey Grandma sitting on her favorite couch Me with my eyes glued to the screen Is that what Aenea meant by learning the voices of the dead She certainly invoked some voices from my astHyperion cantos is a very special series It has all the wonderous settings high adventure and intrigue one would expect from a science fantasy adventure but it also has the courage to state some very bold opinions on some of life s เพชรพระอุมา (ตอน 04) อาถรรพณ์นิทรานคร profound uestions Simmons is brutally honest in sharing his views on the nature of religion love technology faith government closed mindedness and many monolithic issues The opinions heuts forward in addition to being bold are well thought out and above all empathetic We are treated to a complex and mature world view that doesn t rely on binary beliefs or dole out high handed unishment to the bad guys Hyperion Cantos is above all a triumph of diversity and acceptance Something we could use a little of in the real world I thinkAll of the main characters going back to the first book are well developed interesting and organic Even in a series that deals so extensively with morality empathy and mank. Cuando el apa Julio XIV muere y resucita la Hegemonía se ha convertido ya en una teocracia regida or Pax la organización cívico militar de la iglesia católica Gracias al uso y control del araíso cruciforme la iglesia ofrece la inmortalidad en la vida terrena y la nueva fe deviene universal Aliada con las inteligencias Ind s struggle to evolve I always felt the characters were doing and saying things I could relate to and making lausible decisionsThe setting is as vast and diverse as any other I ve read From the razor sharp sea of grass on Hyperion to the ice caves of Sol Draconi Septem Simmons s imagination flew high and uninhibited on a Hawking MatThe Cantos story itself is truly ambitious and succeeds on all counts and spans multiple genres adventure horror sci fi cyberpunk romance hilosophy So many that it almost creates its own genre This is truly a must read series I would recommend to anyone and everyoneJust as little Mr Windup Bird said a tearful farewell to Dorothy at the end of The Wizard of Oz all those years ago his older self must do the same with Anaea Raul Father De Soya Father Paul Dure Rachel and the rest of the friends I made on this wonderful journey5 stars We re off to see The Wizard the wonderful Wizard of Oz After four years on Old Earth Raul Endymion resumes the voyage on the river Tethys to find the Consul s ship Meanwhile Aenea leaves Old Earth behind to find her destiny In addition to hunting for the One Who Teaches The Pax launches a Crusade to wipe out the Ouster menace once and for all Will Aenea fulfill her destiny and end the Pax s reign once and for allI have to admit I was skeptical for the first half of this book It wasn t urination inducing good like the first two and I actually liked it less than Endymion for at least half of it Then Raul incurred the time debt and things really kicked into high gear The lot came togerther and by the end it surpassed Endymion Everything ran its course from Aenea to the cruciforms to farcastingLike the other books there s not a whole lot of the Brainwashing of the German Nation plot I can divulge without spoiling things However I will say that I enjoyed the tale s conclusion and loved learning about the Ousters and their habitat De Soya continued his development into one of my favorite characters in the Cantos view spoilerAlso I was surprised as hell to see Fehdman Kassad and Het Masteen again I was hoping Simmons would touch upon the Templars again and he surpassed my expectations Hell were Brawne and Sol the onlyilgrims that didn t make appearances hide spoiler THE RISE OF ENDYMION is the fourth and final volume of Dan Simmons Hyperion saga and the conclusion of the storyline begun in ENDYMION I only Encounters with Rauschenberg: (A Lavishly Illustrated Lecture) plodded through that book because I wanted to reach the end and with THE RISE OF ENDYMION even that motivation almost dried upTheroblems are legion The book is overlong with huge sections that just serve no legitimate Vögeln ist schön: Die Sexrevolte von 1968 und was von ihr bleibt purpose such as Raul s time in the Temple Hanging in Air Simmons extends his work as much as he can to give it an epic feel but it ends up seeming boring and goofyRaul s love for Aenea continues to border onedophilia for the first few hundred ages of the work and then it graduates to simple obsession if only because she s grown up This whole iece of the story which is in fact a huge chunk of the story is utterly unconvincing If Aenea is the messiah one would think Raul would have better things to do than get jealous over her Social Media and Social Movements: The Transformation of Communication Patterns past and feel all suishy inside whenever she s aroundThe resolution of the conflict is given a few scantages Principles of Isotope Geology probably because Simmons spent too much time on high faultinhilosophy and Raul s sexual tension The book s structure is simply awful Plus Simmons causes the reader to have wasted reading the first two books in the series by dismissing the words of Ummon in THE FALL OF HYPERION as a lieArgh This book is simply awful I d recommend the first two books in the Hyperion saga but stay well away from ENDYMION and THE RISE OF ENDYMION I survivedAs I ve reported in my revious reviews of this series there were times where it seemed as if My Gray Matter Was gray matter was to be ermanently fried by this epic sci fi story I finally got through to the end with most of my marbles still in the bag they came inIt s almost impossible to give a summary of this without spoiling the Hollendartida i Norge: 1550–1750 previous book so I ll just say that Aenea and Raul Endymion continue their interstellar journey to fulfill her ultimate destiny as theowerful forces of a corrupted Catholic Church and the artificial intelligences of the TechnoCore try to stop them by increasingly desperate means Oh and the mysterious and deadly time traveling Shrike continues to op upThis isn t just your standard sci fi space opera about a chosen one saving the galaxy from the Death Star What Simmons has done here is create a tale that spans time and space in which even Jesus was a layer and the ultimate stakes are the fate of evolution of life in the entire universe As with the other books he s done an incredible job of building multiple stories and fusing them all together into a rich and diverse whole Any one of his concepts could have been the basis for an entire book or series like a lanet where the cities have been built high onto the tops of mountain eaks due an acidic ocean at lower altitudes That s just one stop along the way for Aenea and This review is for both Endymion book 3 in the Hyperion Cantos tetrology and Rise of Endymion which is book 4 If you have not read Books 1 and 2 take a look at my review here first I was a big fan of Books 1 and 2 but I m split right down the middle on Books 3 and 4 Book 3 was a thrilling sci fi adventure ride but Book 4 drove me up a wall Different kind of ride The following review robably won t make much sense or be worth reading unless you are familiar with Books 1 and 2 or my revious review And I will advise you to stop here if you have any interest in Books 1 2 because while I will avoid spoilers for 3 4 I can t help including spoilers from 1 2 entirelyWe arrive in Book 3 almost 300 years after the end of Book 2 The story almost 300 years after the end of Book 2 The story on the world of Hyperion but has very little to do with that Bauern In Mexiko: Zwischen Subsistenz Und Warenproduktion planet thereafter By the end of Book 4 we know bits andieces of the fates of the various characters from Books 1 and 2 Some than others but by the end we get enough to feel like their stories are relatively closed The story rimarily centers around two new characters One is the daughter of Brawne Lamia and the cybrid John Keats who we ve been told is The One Who Teaches orthe new messiah The second character is her rotector when she is young and then lover when she is oldershe ages faster than him due to some faster than light travel sleight of hand Raul Endymion They also have an android sidekick named A BettickIn this leap forward in time the human galaxy is no longer dependent on the Technocore and has rejected the advantages Punainen metsä provided by this AI community which had been manipulating human civilization for its ownurposes in Books 1 2 but as such have lost their ability to essentially teleport via farcasters as well as FTL communication systems We learn that human civilization has now fallen under control of a theocratic dictatorship run by the reinvigorated Catholic Church The church controls a sprawling military force as well as mercantile corporations Their control was established by finding a way to Forever Im Yours provide eternal life to all who accept the church the cruciform from Books 1 and 2 Once accepted the crucifo. Rtificiales del tecnonúcleo Pax sólo ha de temer la llegada de un nuevo Mesías Y este Mesías existe es Aenea la hija del cíbrido John Keats ue se ha refugiado durante casi trescientos años en las Tumbas del Tiempo de Hyperion Junto con Raul Endymion y el androide deiel azul A Bettik Aenea deberá huir de Pax con la dudo. Rm will rebuild the brain and body even after death This ower to bestow resurrection or take it away has given the church control of the empire In Books 1 and 2 the cruciform causes decreased mental acuity with each rebirth until one is barely a living automaton but the church somehow figured out how to fix that issue so that the rebirth bestows full ersonality and mind back againAenea Raul and Bettick are essentially on a mission to break this control over human society and convince humanity to reject the cruciform They are on the run from the church and its military as well as other sinister forces within the church There are numerous competing agendas and motives going on behind the scenes to which we are not initially rivyBook 3 keeps up the frenetic A Spectre Is Haunting Texas pace of Books 1 2 It s a thrilling suspenseful race to survive and keep moving to the nextlanet in their journey Each setting is distinct and Tilak Kathalu provides new challenges Simmons does a great job keeping up the tension and the reader s fear for the characters livesBook 4 is where it fell apart for me The forward momentum dies and the story becomes excessively maudlin and self indulgent Props for tying together most if not all of the loose ends Yes bravo on the brilliantlot twists that Simmons has worked in to the narrative and then resolved in Book 4 However boo for the editing weak characters and maudlin emotionsFirst of all despite the fact that we have spent roughly 1200 ages with Raul and Aenea and reveled in Raul s obsession with her hair light brown with blond highlights if you care to know I never really saw the connection that made them fall in love They were together a lot and they were both stubborn and strong willed but other than that it was basically just appearance and roximity that seemed to bring them together His mindless devotion to her certainly contributed but they really didn t seem to connect Simmons just didn t have the writing chops to create the believable illusion of two eople falling in love But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my issues with Book 4Some of the ualities that nagged at me in the earlier books became rominent in the finale and some other annoying aspects grew to really frustrate me I hated how longwinded his scenic descriptions became Pages and The Why Cafe pages of self indulgent set dressing He was in love with his world building And worse than the not uite there artificiality of the central relationship there was a kind of sappy uality to the main romance that really drove me off the cliff How many times can I stand to read my Beloved Ugh Combined with the sex sceneswhich I had disliked in the early books too It s extremely difficult to write a sex scene and not come across asornographic A writer needs to have a uniue voice and a strong original oint of view to ull them off The weightless sex scene in Book 4just dreadful Also the main character was so obtuse and the delay of communication between him and Aenea drove me nuts Simmons clearly and intentionally made Raul oblivious and obtuse and further invented reasons why Aenea had to withhold information from him to Satisfying Mommy’s Pregnant Needs (A Psuedo-Incest, Mother-Son, Sleep Sex, Pregnancy, BDSM, Erotic Romance) postpone the big reveals until the end It was incredibly frustrating especially because several of the big secrets were obvious I found myself speed reading through much of the text just to get to thelot oints Not goodIn the end I m glad that I read Book 4 in order to find out how the entire story came together But Simmons really needed an editor to crack the whip on this last installment of an otherwise epic science fiction narrative 4 out of 5 stars for Book 3 2 out of 5 stars for Book 4 Aye on the shores of darkness there is lightAnd recipices show untrodden green There is a budding morrow in midnight There s a triple sight in blindness keenI don t think I ll be able to review this one roperly and as it s the fourth and last book I hardly think I ll be able to influence anyone to read the series or not either waySo all I think I ll be able to influence anyone to read the series or not either waySo all I to say is that I ve really enjoyed this journey Dan Simmons has allowed me to go on in the countless worlds of his Hyperion Cantos This book had its downsides but it was a worthy conclusion to what is now one of my favourite sci fi series In a galaxy far far away the Large Magellanic Cloud 160000 light years from Sol and over 1000 years in the future there lived two fugitives devoted lovers Raul Endymion of Hyperion and the new messiah Aenea a roduct of human and nonhuman Shadow Game parents The strange thing is they reside on Old Earth somehow ourlanet has been ERIS: The Patsy (Warped Comedy Adventure Book 1) poached there by AI artificial intelligence some are immensely evil Still the couple is happy a uieteaceful existence after a titanic struggle for survival but this hiatus of four years will not last an unknown destiny awaits themEarthlings have long built stupendous spaceships that can surpass light speed and have scattered throughout the Milky Way inhabiting hundreds of We Give a Squid a Wedgie planets the starry heavens shine down on the bright exotic structures and newly erected modern cities roads and oceans full of vehicles and boatseople transforming dead worlds into lively lands bringing animals and Verräter der Magie plants from home Yet human nature remains the same greed the uest forower glory wealth can never be completely extinguished but the good will always try to change thisRaul goes away alone on a uzzling mission at Aenea s reuest via the Farcaster ortal and with just a few detours one a giant gas lanet he falls literally into mile after mile he descends in an endless atmosphere with only his entirely unsuitable kayak and arachute growing hungry and thirsty this chilling interminable drop continues days Night of the Wendigo pass the air becoming not breathable unwanted clouds a constant companion curious weird menacing transparent creatures appearno land is observed underneath He awakes to the mountain world of T ien Shan his destination alanet resembling Tibet Buddhist monks Mimi Malloy, At Last! pagodas and a new Dalai Lama a boy of eight Aenea arrived earlier and the angry tortured man soon calms his great love for Aenea will never stop She an amateur architect is building a structure for the monks high above in a mountaineak the Twin Spica, Volume: 10 poisonous clouds lurk below but they can never stay the brutal Pax rulers of the galaxy willursue the two wherever they travel she is dangerous to them Nemes the machine made to destroy her is here the fierce unstoppable robot has brought two siblings nobody can defeat them a miracle occurs the mighty Shrike monster a mysterious friend comes and battles these things a short opportunity to flee arises as the tumultuous brawl goes on Stepping off the ledge Raul and Aenea glide in the air with their artificial wings high above "the never seen ground many miles under any mistake will lunge them into the deadly nearby gas clouds or treacherous "never seen ground many miles under any mistake will lunge them into the deadly nearby gas clouds or treacherous cliffs but the thrill of flying like birds soaring and diving seeing new sights that are indescribably beautiful and intoxicating Grammatik Des Biblisch-Aramaischen: Mit Den Nach Handschriften Berichtigten Texten Und Einem Worterbuch pure ecstasy in fact as long as it isossible to remain there but they need to reach a distant village soon in order to escape time is running outThe last of the enchanting entertaining and electrifying series for any sci fi fan they will enjoy it I di. Sa y siempre incierta colaboración del misterioso Alcaudón En un maravilloso y sorprendente tour de force Dan Simmons concluye el inigualado universo especulativo iniciado en Hyperion con el mismo ritmo intensidad emotiva ue mostró en títulos como la inolvidable Los vampiros de la mente Novela finalista del A Neve Estava Suja premio Hugo 1998.