Review: Hyperion – Dan Simmons.

hyperion*Backdated review*
I’m not a sci-fi person. At all. Never really have been. I’ve been more into horror, things that teeter towards monsters as opposed to space, but upon asking for recommendations on Facebook when I got my Kindle, this was one of the books recommended. So I gave it a bash and it’s likely to be the first of many indulgences in sci-fi (aside from the fact I do intend to read the sequel…)

See, when the initial plot of going to Hyperion was put forward, I automatically and naturally assumed there would be some form of battle or drama to it – especially when I saw how long the book was. When I got through the first individual story or two, I started to work out that the entire book would – essentially – be dedicated to the back stories of each on the journey, and then the real wonder of it was comparing what ones I liked against those I didn’t.

I immediately liked Kassad’s story. Since I read this… Phew, I can’t remember what day this was, but a lot of reading has gone on since then, I can’t remember the girl’s name, but I do remember reading his story with the most interest. The plot surrounding Rachel’s time-related illness was another that stands out, as was Brawne (Braune? I can’t remember how they spelled it!) with her Cybrid client.

The Consul’s wasn’t one I really got into, which I found weird considering he seemed to be a central character from the off. I just expected to find his most interesting, especially as it was set to come last. Nor did I like the poet’s. He’s an obnoxious little prick, but I’m not under any belief he was supposed to be overly likeable as he was written.

There is one story I’m forgetting, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first story told… But I’m not pretending these are formal reviews. This is merely a book-obsessed person rambling incoherently in the hope someone cares enough to read. I did really like Hyperion and I adore the fact that such a large book was used simply to build up the backstory of each person returning to Hyperion. I look forward to reading the sequel, but I’m going to give it a little time before I get to it.

So, to summarise: I am now actively more interested in sci-fi-esque books and Hyperion was fantastic.


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