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Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

lorisruss's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

nanethfuin's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

mattbaker79's review against another edition

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4.0

Well, I've read more poetry during the course of this book than I have in the years since college. I loved this; is exactly the sort of sci-fi I'm always looking for: smart, literate and willing to make the reader work. It certainly didn't end the way I expected (though why expect anything of a science fiction book with a Canterbury Tales framing structure), so I guess I have to read the rest of the series now.

alex_doney12's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny hopeful informative mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

murray04's review against another edition

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3.0

wtf was this

rileyrobertson's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Dan Simmons elegantly weaves the stories of 7 characters in this sci-fi setting using languages that makes the themes, ideas, and plot points both interesting and easy to follow without lacking emotional or philosophical depth. The portrayal of very human emotions in Hyperion was something I will remember vividly for years to come. 

jeffthink's review against another edition

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5.0

I really enjoy books that interweave stories from various characters into one narrative, and this book does a most excellent job at that. Each story on its own is extremely inventive, and I really enjoyed how each is told while the group of characters is on a pilgrimage towards their certain demise. This is extremely well done scifi and highly recommended.

zerzura's review against another edition

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No

5.0

effharbs's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

faerytaleonfire's review against another edition

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2.0

The premise is fun and a couple of the stories are well done, but ALL of the sex and horror scenes are written in a very detached, clinical way that makes them really tedious. I also just have no patience left for novels that spend more time describing women's breasts than any of their other physical attributes and sexualize teenage girls.