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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?
0 · April 30, 2013
oh yay! when are we doing fall? i will move hyperion and earth to be at that one!
Next month. We're pushing back A Fire Upon the Deep and The Nameless Day by a month.
1 · April 30, 2013
This book generated a lot of discussion. Can't wait to see what people say about Fall of Hyperion.
0 · April 29, 2013
Well, mi vida loca again. I will not be able to make it afterall. I hope you all have a good evening.
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.
I'm sorry, but I can't get out of work. Maybe next time.
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.
0 · April 27, 2013
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.
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.
I suspect it will be hard to talk about one and not the other.
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. :-)
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.
0 · April 26, 2013
there were several wizard of oz refs. that was one of the topics i wanted to discuss. i didnt understand the intent.
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.
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.
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.
So, has everyone read Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion yet? (I reread them both.)
0 · April 25, 2013
I have only read Hyperion, not sure I will read Fall of Hyperion unless someone convinces me it is worth my time. I thought the cheesy ending of Hyperion was insulting.
It seems to me that the ending of Hyperion might be cheesy because Dan Simmons was forced to publish his story in two volumes, so he needed a breaking point somewhere. I guess it depends on what you did/didn't like about Hyperion as to whether you'll like Fall of Hyperion. Because Fall of Hyperion abandons the frame story structure, and you already know the background of the setting and characters, it is a much quicker, easily-engaging read.
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.
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.
drat! in oklahoma next week. was looking forward to this discussion.
Fall of Hyperion answers some questions. I agree end was cheesy
I have about 100 page left of <i>Fall of Hyperion</i>.
Also, thanks Ronnie for hosting :)
I'm almost done with Hyperion, gonna get as far as I can in Fall this weekend.
Per my kindle progress bar I'm at 70% of the first book, hoping to finish both this weekend.
Yup read them both
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
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. :-)
0 · April 24, 2013
I finished the book and look forward to seeing you all.
WOW!!! shouldve seen that coming. i am looking so many diff directions, the obvious is shooting past me like the shrike!
0 · April 23, 2013
page 400...WOW! didnt see that coming. *frantically looking for next book* why did DS wait 'til so far in to set the hook?!
0 · April 20, 2013
Rented Stalker on Netflix interesting movie. Interesting take on the book-very Russian
0 · April 18, 2013
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...
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.
0 · March 25, 2013
So have you made any progress on the book?
0 · April 11, 2013
I have! It's quite enjoyable.
Don't forget Fall of Hyperion!
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?
0 · April 1, 2013
I'm rereading both books! Fall knocks down most of the pins that Hyperion sets up.
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 :)
Excellent choice! This is my favorite science fiction book, bar none.
0 · November 26, 2012
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