On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike.  There are those who worship it.  There are those who fear it.  And there are those who have vowed to destroy it.  In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.  On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives.  Each carries a desperate hope--and a terrible secret.  And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.  

From the Paperback edition.
January 12, 2011  |  514 pages
(Read from Mar 26, 2014 to Mar 28, 2014)
Grade: D+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
Low High
I read about 60% of this book and couldn't get through the last 40%. Instead of reading the rest, I read some detailed chapter summaries. I understand why other people like this book, but after trying to get through it I realized it was not for me. The entire story feels really disjointed and the ending was completely predictable. I feel like the focus of the book was wrong. The Priest had the only short story I really enjoyed.   (+2 votes)