The Endymion Omnibus

ISBN: 0575076348
ISBN 13: 9780575076341
By: Dan Simmons

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ENDYMIONTwo hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the WorldWeb in Fall of Hyperion, Raoul Endymion is sent on a quest. Retrieving Aenea from the Sphinx before the Church troops reach her is only the beginning. With help from a blue-skinned android named A. Bettik, Raoul and Aenea travel the river Tethys, pursued by Father Captain Frederico DeSoya, an influential warrior-priest and his troops. The shrike continues to make enigmatic appearances, and while many questions were raised in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, still more are raised here. Raoul's quest will continue.THE RISE OF ENDYMIONThe time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples.But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy.

Reader's Thoughts

Liam

I took the first step.

Jonas Skoglund

The Endymion Omnibus take place a couple of hundred years after the Hyperion duo and concludes a quartet centered around complex timelines and the mysterious being "The Shrike".Here we follow Raul Endymion who are tasked with rescuing and protecting the girl "Aenea" (wich is just what she calls herself for the moment). He struggles to understand his own reasons as well as what he is supposed to do in a world mainly controlled by the intertwined force "Pax" and "The church of the cross".This book is not as dark and ominous as its prequels and does not have the same sense of suspense and horror. It does however present an interesting adventure, together with a few twists, wich makes it a good, -albeit a quite long, read.At its best it is like a feverish dream, ruthless in its progress. Sometimes it gets lost in explanations and descriptive excursions, but with some patience it can truly entertain you, and even really move you. At least it did me.

Bernard Kerckenaere

Not as good as the Hyperion books. It gets pretty longwinded, with lots of (mostly irrelevant) summations. The whole thing could easily be cut down to half its current size without losing anything, and making it a lot more pleasant to read.

Joe

incredible!

Zero Jones

A sequel that pretty much stands up for itself. The best thing about these books is the intricate, detailed, and bizarre universe they discribes. I particularly like the spaceships where in order to go faster than light people have to die and be resurrected. Truly strange.

Richard

Not quite as amazing as Hyperion but still mega.

Alex

Great book. Started a bit slow but picked up nicely after a third in.

Brian

A little less polished than Hyperion, but equally as imaginative and stunning. That "Dune" feeling is still quite intact.

Clouds

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life (so far).1998 was a year without consensus. Every significant sci-fi and fantasy award (that I follow) went to a different novel.The Hugo went to – Halderman, Forever Peace The Nebula went to – McIntyre, The Moon and the Sun The Arthur C Clarke went to – Russell, The SparrowThe B.S.F.A. went to – Priest, The Extremes The World Fantasy went to – Ford, The Physiognomy The Mythopoeic went to – Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye The Locus Fantasy went to – Powers, Earthquake Weather The Locus Sci-Fi went to – Simmons, Rise of Endymion It was one of those years where there just weren’t enough awards to go around, with three more superb novels (Hamilton, The Reality Dysfunction , Egan, Diaspora and Robinson, Antarctica ) all finishing empty handed....(It was specifically 'Rise' which won the award, but I've posted this review as the Omnibus, as that's the version I own) Rise of Endymion is, of course, the final instalment of Simmons brain-melting space-opera epic, The Hyperion Cantos. I’m going to nail my colours to the mast right from the get-go; I’m a Dan Simmons fan and I loved this book....(Split and published as four books, the Cantos was written as two and I tend to refer to them as two, simply Hyperion and Endymion)I’m happy to admit this is a very different book from Hyperion; a much simpler book. Hyperion builds a rich, complex universe and tells a strange and difficult tale from the multiple perspectives of a diverse cast. It is, without a doubt, a stunning achievement.I have the feeling that a lot of readers follow the story to Endymion expecting a similar experience and as a result end up sorely disappointed.Having put so much time and energy into building his Hyperion Cantos universe, Endymion is about Simmons (and us) having some fun exploring it! The first book is road-story / chase-story where our heroes bimble along and leap through many worlds via farcaster portals, negotiating episodic dangers and gradually building their relationship. The second book takes us a little deeper, exploring our heroes’ reconfigured relationship as the time-debt of space travel brings their ages close enough for romance to blossom, the spirituality/philosophy of the maturing messiah, and the eye-water potential of the beautiful, vivid settings.Objectively, Hyperion is the ‘better’ book – but subjectively Endymion is (for me at least) a more pleasurable experience. It’s better escapism. It doesn’t make my brain hurt. It had that blend of high-tech sci-fi that I love, that feels magical. It was more uplifting. More emotive. Hyperion felt like an exhibit, Endymion like an embrace. I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t care!I feel like I’m back in the playground, holding hands with the piggy-nosed girl. I think she’s pretty and the rest of you can just go away and stop calling her names!Read Endymion .Love Aenea.Be happy.After this I read: Accelerando

Matt

The sequel to Hyperion is, alongside the latter, one of the best Space Opera series. An imaginative and thrilling universe combined with likeable characters make for a brilliant story which is more focused than its predecessor's but a bit shallower. And oh, the end... I only say as much: It is heart-rending ;)

Gustavo

Not as good as The first part Hyperion, but worthwhile reading again.

Lynyrd

The triumphant concluding novels to the Hyperion Quartet, together in one volume for the first time. ENDYMION Two hundred and seventy-four years after the fall of the WorldWeb in Fall of Hyperion, Raoul Endymion is sent on a quest. Retrieving Aenea from the Sphinx before the Church troops reach her is only the beginning. With help from a blue-skinned android named A. Bettik, Raoul and Aenea travel the river Tethys, pursued by Father Captain Frederico DeSoya, an influential warrior-priest and his troops. The shrike continues to make enigmatic appearances, and while many questions were raised in Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion, still more are raised here. Raoul's quest will continue. THE RISE OF ENDYMION The time of reckoning has arrived. As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come of age. She is Aenea and she has undergone a strange apprenticeship to those known as the Others. Now her protector, Raul Endymion, one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must help her deliver her startling message to her growing army of disciples. But first they must embark on a final spectacular mission to discover the underlying meaning of the universe itself. They have been followed on their journey by the mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing machine--who is about to reveal the long-held secret of its origin and purpose. And on the planet of Hyperion, where the story first began, the final revelation will be delivered--an apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of existence and the fate of humankind in the galaxy. Blurb curtesy of amazon for a taster.Wow so so good. I took my time with this series and didnt want to rush through it. And i have to say its brilliant! Love the story and characters and the brilliant finale.I dont want to give away any spoilers so will keep this brief. Simply great sci-fi and the best sci-fi series ive read to date. Love the multitutude of ideas,time travel, the worlds and races and the mix/and battle of technology and religion. Its got everything! len

Marjorie

Continuation of the Hyperion series. Gets easier to read (more page turning and more traditional), but perhaps less creative and meaningful.

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