Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Many different voices from one author

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  • Terri Beth Chenault V.

    I was on my way to the meeting when I got a call about a crisis with my foster son - but I'm thrilled to see that we'll be discussing Fall at the end of May! Sorry to have missed the discussion last night - would someone like to post a few of the high points? What did we like/dislike about the book?

    April 30, 2013

  • Leah C.

    oh yay! when are we doing fall? i will move hyperion and earth to be at that one!

    April 30, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Next month. We're pushing back A Fire Upon the Deep and The Nameless Day by a month.

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • Mary L.

    This book generated a lot of discussion. Can't wait to see what people say about Fall of Hyperion.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, mi vida loca again. I will not be able to make it afterall. I hope you all have a good evening.

    April 29, 2013

  • Amie

    I'm not going to be able to make it tonight. I enjoyed the books and was looking foward to talking about them but I've got Strep and don't want to share it with all of you.

    April 29, 2013

  • Diana

    I'm sorry, but I can't get out of work. Maybe next time.

    April 29, 2013

  • ZoeJ

    Finished Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion and the end left me frustrated with the Fall. He pulled an awful lot of giant rabbits out of the hat at the end.

    April 27, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Interesting. I thought most of it was pretty well set up, and the bits that were new were sort of... ancillary. Looking forward to this discussion.

      April 27, 2013

  • jule

    I hope we aren't talking about The Fall of Hyperion . I have it on reserve through the library system but won't get it til May.

    April 27, 2013

    • Jim S.

      I suspect it will be hard to talk about one and not the other.

      April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just lost my weekend of reading. I don't think I'll be able to finish it but will try to slip in pages when I can. Not halfway yet though.

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So are we going to be talking about Hyperion or The Fall of Hyperion also? I'm 12 chapters into the Fall and it sounds like I either need to get on the stick and finish it before Monday or expect spoilers all evening. I know how yall roll. :-)

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are also Endymion as the third book and Rise of Endymion as the fourth book.

    April 26, 2013

    • Jim S.

      I wouldn't bother with either, and I love Hyperion / Fall of Hyperion.

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was just listing it for completion. I've read them all before although I can't say I remember them well. I've got a ways to go to try and finish Hyperion.

      April 26, 2013

  • Ronnie

    What l found cheesy was holding hands singing "the yellow brick road"
    I think Simmons writing each of the travelers story like a different author brilliant and talented.

    April 26, 2013

    • Leah C.

      there were several wizard of oz refs. that was one of the topics i wanted to discuss. i didnt understand the intent.

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't have a problem with the format and the story kept me reading, just the juxtapositon of certain things in his future and the cheesy ending which left me wondering if he had an ending at all. Many other authors spread their stories over several books but have a way of satisfying the reader at the end of each book.

      April 26, 2013

  • Monica W.

    I wouldn't call the ending of Hyperion cheesy, it just further reinforced that the structure of the novel was the same as in The Canterbury Tales, which Chaucer never finished.

    The Fall of Hyperion follows a more traditional narrative structure and is a much quicker read.

    April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Maybe that is my problem with the book, I never read Chaucer. I also never read anything from Keats that I made any sense to me, but then, I don't care for much poetry.

      April 26, 2013

  • Jim S.

    So, has everyone read Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion yet? (I reread them both.)

    April 25, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Hyperion is all set-up, a glorious example of world-building. Fall is all payoff. What did you find cheesy about the ending? Was it the lack of resolution or something else? If the former, I think you'll find Fall a very satisfying read if you enjoyed the characters and style of the first book.

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jim, "we're off to see the wizard..." 700 years from now? Cheesy. I did like the characters, though it took me until almost the end to really get a handle on the story and I expected a good ending, not a nerd cop out. I'm sure he could have come up with some other way to describe the cohesion of the group as the hiked to the time tombs.

      April 26, 2013

  • Leah C.

    drat! in oklahoma next week. was looking forward to this discussion.

    April 26, 2013

  • Ronnie

    Fall of Hyperion answers some questions. I agree end was cheesy

    April 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I have about 100 page left of <i>Fall of Hyperion</i>.

    Also, thanks Ronnie for hosting :)

    April 26, 2013

  • Laura B

    I'm almost done with Hyperion, gonna get as far as I can in Fall this weekend.

    April 26, 2013

  • Terri Beth Chenault V.

    Per my kindle progress bar I'm at 70% of the first book, hoping to finish both this weekend.

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm to get it read by saturday night

    April 26, 2013

  • Ronnie

    Yup read them both

    April 25, 2013

  • Hana

    I didn't see it come across, so make sure and check the site as I (finally) have updated the location of this meet-up

    April 25, 2013

  • Terri Beth Chenault V.

    I'm just about halfway through the book and hoping for some free time this weekend to finish up so I can keep up with the discussion. :-)

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I finished the book and look forward to seeing you all.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm working that day but will try and make it for a first meeting. I've read the series before but will need a refresher.

    April 23, 2013

  • Leah C.

    WOW!!! shouldve seen that coming. i am looking so many diff directions, the obvious is shooting past me like the shrike!

    April 23, 2013

  • Leah C.

    page 400...WOW! didnt see that coming. *frantically looking for next book* why did DS wait 'til so far in to set the hook?!

    April 20, 2013

  • Ronnie

    Rented Stalker on Netflix interesting movie. Interesting take on the book-very Russian

    April 18, 2013

  • Laura B

    Hi guys! Just found out that the ASUNM southwest film center is showing Stalker this week (the film based on Roadside Picnic). It's $5 for the general public, showings are tonight, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon. I may try to make the Sunday showing...

    April 18, 2013

  • Jared

    I accept that challenge, Mary! Sounds like a great opportunity for me to get away and go to the library to get some serious reading done. I'll have to hope my memory retention is good.

    March 25, 2013

    • Jared

      I have! It's quite enjoyable.

      April 11, 2013

    • Jim S.

      Don't forget Fall of Hyperion!

      April 11, 2013

  • ZoeJ

    um, this meeting is way to far off. I already have too many questions that I want to hear discussed. Does the reading also include the Fall of Hyperion?

    April 1, 2013

    • Jim S.

      I'm rereading both books! Fall knocks down most of the pins that Hyperion sets up.

      April 1, 2013

  • Mary L.

    Jared - I will begin reading this book tomorrow and will compose a very challenging test for you. Reading summaries online will not help you with this test :)

    March 25, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Excellent choice! This is my favorite science fiction book, bar none.

    November 26, 2012

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