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The Endymion Omnibus: Endymion, The Rise Of Endymion (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

Dan Simmons
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1 Dec 2005 GOLLANCZ S.F.

The triumphant concluding novels to the Hyperion Quartet, together in one volume for the first time.


Two hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the WorldWeb in Fall of Hyperion, Raoul Endymion is sent on a quest. Retrieving Aenea from the Sphinx before the Church troops reach her is only the beginning. With help from a blue-skinned android named A. Bettik, Raoul and Aenea travel the river Tethys, pursued by Father Captain Frederico DeSoya, an influential warrior-priest and his troops. The shrike continues to make enigmatic appearances, and while many questions were raised in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, still more are raised here. Raoul's quest will continue.


The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples.

But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575076348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076341
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 6.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shot through with a mother lode of character, heart and intelligence worthy of the best of Ray Bradbury. A treat for those who like their war movies cynical, their creature features plausible and their SF human and approachable." (Steve White DREAMWATCH)

Builds the tension to a crescendo.. Quite a read. (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS)

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The conclusion to the groundbreaking Hyperion Cantos

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 28 Nov 2011
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In Hyperion and Endymion, we are treated to a futuristic world of Mr Simmons devising. "The Hyperion Cantos" is brought to its conclusion, in Endymion, with another of Keats great follies and serves us with the food of; a struggling humanity at war with itself, as revelation and armaggedon explode In the forms of an intergalactic catholic revival and the ultimate instrument of destruction. "the Shrike". Clever, entertaining, facinating, apocalyptic and dreadful the end of humankind has come despite our glorious or petty achievements. Breathtaking in its scope and ability to enchant this masterpiece is destined to grow in the minds of mankind for as long as we as a species survive. Genius.
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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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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 4 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 4 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 5 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 8 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 9 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 15 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 18 months ago 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 23 months ago 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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