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The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

May 19, 2008

Wow. Talk about a page-turner. The first novel, Hyperion was the build-up, and The Fall of Hyperion delivers the payout in spades.

As the pilgrims are kidnapped, killed or driven off by the deadly shrike, the humans of the web find themselves under attack from the deadly ousters. It looks like a war of annihilation as early video shows whole planets destroyed by nuclear bombardment. At this moment, the Core, AI machines allied with the web, offer a weapon to end all war, one press of a button to destroy the ousters.

The pilgrims are discovering the true nature of the Core, and Meina Gladstone, the web’s leader, has her own suspicions, but no one else to rely on. The Keats character and his poetry becomes more important in this book, reminding me of Orphu and Mahnmut from Ilium/Olympos and their facinations with Proust and Shakespeare.

I won’t spoil any more of the story for you. This book kept me nailed to the couch until I finished it. Mysteries unravel towards the end of the book faster than I can keep up with. Okay, so I guessed the identity of Moneta, but that was one mystery among many.

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