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4.0 out of 5 stars The End of the Hyperion Cantos?, 16 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Rise of Endymion (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
First, realise that this is book 4 of 4 (at least as I write) of the Hyperion Cantos, and within the 4 part Cantos, book 2 of 2 of Endymion's story. Not often I suggest this of a series of books, but don't read this unless you have at least read its immediate predecessor, "Endymion", and ideally all 3 predecessors.

This book tries to tie up many of the loose ends of the previous 3, often by way of at times painful deus ex machina like sermons or speeches. But the loose ends are perhaps a distraction from the main plot of the book, which is the resolution of a love affair that literally crosses time and space. As many other reviewers have written, the conclusion of the book is signposted from very early days, but that only slightly detracts from the satisfaction it offers the reader.

Interestingly, for me at least, there are still a lot of loose ends, or new questions arising from this seemingly last book. There is potentially more to explore in Dan Simmon's universe, but perhaps that is how it should be. Life is very rarely neatly packaged up for us, and there is always something left to consider.
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