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The Endymion Omnibus: Endymion, The Rise of Endymion (Gollancz S.F.) by Simmons, Dan paperback / softback Edition (2005) [Paperback]

Dan Simmons
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  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (0100)
  • ASIN: B00DO97K2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic concluding omnibus 6 May 2006
How does a novelist follow up one of the most incredible, awe-inspiring and enlightening SF books ever written...?

Dan Simmons does it by taking the formula of Hyperion (another journey this time through the River Tethys and its farcasters, the manipulation of humankind by the TechnoCore, the reappearances of the strikingly memorable shrike), but placing it in a very different post-Web universe. The Christian society known as the Pax has taken over most of the fallen worlds, and rules ruthlessly and unforgivingly, rather than the vast Capitalist government seen in the Hyperion omnibus.

Anyway, that is all irrelevant, you will read all of this when you buy the book. WHEN (not if) you buy the book.

For ease of explanation (and to limit my waffling on about the greatness of the two books), I will review the omnibus as a whole rather than two seperate novels:

Simmons' narrative is, again, breathtaking. It is often common for SF to be this descriptive and expansive and absorbing, but never since Hyperion have I read a book that can convey so much emotion, and completely involve me in that emotion (especially with regards to the main characters, who you inevitably relate to and hope for). Love, hatred, fear, anger, are all put across with unfailing brilliance, and the book ranges from the deepest pits of despair, loss and pain up to the highest reaches of ecstasy and glory, exuberance and vibrance - and everything in between. Even if you are not a fan of SF, you should read these books just to experience the literary genius of Dan Simmons. The man is awesome.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets 22 Dec 2006
Its hard to think about the two books here without bringing in the two included in the Hyperion omnibus. The saga as a whole includes glimpses of an imagined past and future which I still don't understand having read the whole Cantos through twice, and I'm still not sure exactly who, what, why, how and when the Shrike is. I'd love Dan Simmons to release some notes or reflections on the whole thing which tidies that stuff up. That criticism, however is only a minor one, and I make it only because the four books as a whole are so involving that you want any gaps at all filled in. The four books are imaginitive, uplifting, gripping and the last book is profoundly moving. Yes, there are times when the plot slows down a bit. But when it delivers, boy.....

I'll probably read these four books again once every 2-3 years from now. The only other book I do that with is Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. Okay, so I'm a Tolkein geek, but don't let that put you off if you are not. It doesn't get any better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yin & Yang with Hyperion saga 13 Jun 2009
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First of all, I think this is a great read. The 900+ pages of this omnibus edition compel the reader not to put the book down. What is this saga about? It is a story about a semi-messiah, Aenea, told from the perspective of her guardian and lover, Endymion - Raul Endymion to be exact.

It is a story about religious ferver, in the sense that the Catholic Church has risen to almost omnipotent status amongst what used to be the old Human Hegemony. It is a story about deceit, lies, and the realisation that the truth of the Technocore, PAX, and the Shrike is not what it first seems. It is a love story told through space and time. It is the Yang to the Hyperion Yin.

However, a number of givens taken from the Hyperion saga have been twisted to suit the plot of this story, e.g., the enigmatic Shrike is at first not what is seems; the three factions of the Technocore are revealed to be something else; the doomsday actions of Meina Gladstone in Hyperion, whilst great for the ending sequences of that story, are cast in a much different light. I suppose Dan Simmons was using artistic licence to complete the saga what is in reality four books, including the Hyperion novels.

That said, the story was engaging, and one I thoroughly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal 5 Oct 2008
Quite simply, the best love story I have ever read; the best sci-fi novel I have ever read, hell - the best novel I have ever read, full stop.

Characterisation, plot, story-weaving genius, depth, breadth, epic scope, emotion, science, philosophy, it's all here. An imagination that is, frankly, astounding and a sense of the human condition that is awe inspiring.

Knocking on 40, I've read thousands of books to date. Only 2 have ever brought me to tears, and this is one* of them.

Read the Hyperion Omnibus first, to really set the scene for the climactic conclusion of this masterpiece.

Dan Simmons, I salute you.

*The other was Greg Bear's Forge Of God / Queen of Angels series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How many people can a Shrike kill? 13 May 2009
Having read the 'Truly astonishing' Hyperion omnibus, it was a necessity to read Endymion which from page one was again 'Truly astonishing'. The return of the Shrike, return of the Core and introducing an uber military force called the Pax that acts in the name of the catholic church. We are introduced to star ships so fast that no inertial damping system will suffice in order to save the occupants that are immediately mushed on the transition to multiple light speed, only to be resurrected buy a now modified parasite discovered in the first book. And let us not forget the chosen one and a new hero. Great books, what more do you need?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but too long
The first two books in the Hyperion quartet are excellent (especially The Fall of Hyperion) and while the Endymion books continue the story well and are full of good ideas they are... Read more
Published 10 months ago by daveoc
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Don't get put off by the size of the book. Read Hyprion first and lose yourself in this. These books are a master class in science fiction
Published 11 months ago by daimeon dunleath
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I absolutely loved Hyperion, hence, no wonder that Endymion makes an absolute reading for all the fans of the original duology!
Published 11 months ago by Bartlomiej Drozd
5.0 out of 5 stars Scifi classics don't come cklassier
Not a beaqch-read- it is ~1000 paages. Howe3ver, pages pass quickly, when you are caught up in the further Hyperion adventures. Highly recommended. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. A. Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
What can I say.Dan Simmons must be one of the best writers around.
He has written some really good horror books and done some very good Historical/horror
sort of books. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Thomas Odgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Simmons at his best!
This is one of my personal favorite sci-fi books of all time.
The plot, the characters, the world created..
It all comes together very nicely.
Published 22 months ago by Sleep Mode
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Books
Well, enough has been written about D.Simmons Hyperion series that I don't need to repeat here. Suffice to say that I agree with all the 5 star reviews, for all the reasons they... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2012 by Roy Challen
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Potential
As a stand alone selection: distinctly average
As a supposed sequel to the insightful, inventive, profound and poetic Hyperion Saga: Utterly terrible

While Dan... Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by camelot
5.0 out of 5 stars The rest of the story....
Follows on brilliantly from the Hyperion Omnibus. Ties off some lose ends and opens up some more. Best Science fiction I have read in years.
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by C Mumm
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best, and heaviest, book I've ever read
I rarely review anything online but this two book is so good I had to. My feelings are exactly the same as Mr. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by JD
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