Book Review: Hyperion by Dan Simmons

One word review: Wow!

Ever so often it happens that I get to suspend disbelief and immerse myself in such a brilliantly constructed fictional universe that it feels like a dream I’d never want to end.

Yes. I did not want to wake up from this.

I’m still book hangover. I am currently reading the sequel.

Hyperion by Dan Simmons is a brilliant SF novel. The world is complex, intriguing, and believable. It tells of certain aspects of humanity that should/could be enhanced as we develop our technology.

This is also a great novel in terms of storytelling. The writing does its job. Each character has its own way of describing events, certain motivations and dreams and hopes and aspirations.

Following a similar structure to The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Dan Simmons’ Hyperion is the story of a universe that has yet to understand itself. The story of how technology fails to predict everything. Maybe there’s still room for the unknown, for the mystery of creation.

The Shrike is one of the most fascinating aspects of this novel. Each of the main characters interacts with this creature in one way or another.

Yup, I’m struggling to write something meaningful about this novel. It’s brilliant. Do read it! Enough said!

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