On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
Though 'Hyperion' is dependent upon its sequel and ends with a tooth-grinding cliff-hanger, it is in its way self-contained. 'Hyperion' is centered on the six pilgrims' tales, their pasts, the terrible needs which drive them to confront what is almost certain death--or worse. Each of the tales is written in a unique style, and each introduces a new element to bind the story as a whole. All are wrenching, even disturbing in their intensity, in their focus on the deepest possible of human suffering.
I post the above because the story is literally filled with so many details that its difficult to explain. Its a futuristic world were there is not one earth but two. Where there are different societies some not being humans. And a deity called The Shrike. The reason why the novel is so great is its effortless ability to unravel the different intricacies of the world, while keeping story momentum. It sort of reminds me of A Game of Thrones in that its difficult to explain because it throws you into an entirely new world with a large cast of characters. And much like that series, Simmons does a splendid job with his elaborate characterizations and his creating intriguing elaborate background stories for those characters. The individual stories are really engaging in their dark despondent content. It really explores some tragic aspects of the human condition. However, like with great space operas, it does it while including thrilling action and captivating science fiction elements.
Hyperion is Part One of the series.. It concludes with a thrilling satisfying cliff hanger that makes you want to quickly jump into the sequel.
Hyperion is a space opera that tells the story of various individuals. It brilliantly describes the story's future world by revealing all the key elements of the world through the tales told.
In this thread nominate one book. The theme for the first books is satire. Each nominee will be assigned a number. I will put said numbers in a hat, and draw 2 numbers. Those books will then have a runoff election. The person who nominates the winning book leads the first discussion.
Couple on here recommended Play Their Hearts Out. That book on the AAU basketball circuit.
I'm about 300 pages in and it's fascinating. It's crazy how an AAU coach, of all people, can basically become a segregate parent to some pre-teen basketball star and control his life. I mean pulling kids out of school and "home schooling" them without their actual parent's consent? Treating 12 and 13 year olds like trading cards and, psychologically, like rag dolls
I wonder how this kind of stuff works out. I know in the prologue, Dohrmann spoke about how he came to writing this book and how he met Keller. But I'm pretty sure you need Keller's consent to use him in the book and if I were him, I would never have let Dohrmann use my name. There's no such thing as bad publicity? Bull shit. 3/4's the way reading through this and not only would I not allow my hypothetical kid 100 meters from Keller; if I met Keller in person, I would kick him in the balls with all the force I would be able to muster up. And I'm sure most feel the same way after reading this.