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Needed a lot more blue pencil,
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This review is from: The Rise of Endymion (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
I doubt if anyone who has read all four of the Hyperion/Endymion books would disagree that the collection, viewed as a whole, is a science fiction masterpiece. Unfortunately this last volume suffers from a malaise that is infecting much of the genre (and Fantasy as well): literary elephantiasis. Simply put, it would have been a much better book if about a third of it had been binned, particularly large chunks of the "Tibetan" stuff and many of the descriptive passages. I found myself speed-reading dozens of pages until I spotted signs that the story was starting again or that Simmons was expounding a bit more of his philosophy.
Nevertheless, if you have finished the first three volumes you would be mad not to read this one as well, and to be fair, the "good" two thirds are as good as anything in the series. Nearly all the story lines are brought to satisfactory conclusions, but there are several appetising morsels scattered around the closing pages that suggest that Simmons would like to revisit his universe. I hope he does.