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I am writing this review after finishing the follow up book the Fall of Hyperion. The review of the follow up will come soon. I picked this one up because it was a book of the month on the Sword and Laser book club. They have a youtube show that I suggest any fan genre novels watch. So lets get into this book.

The book is mostly a series of short stories being told by travelers on their pilgrimage to something called the time tomes where the Shrike lives. The first story for me was the most moving and also introduced the importance of beliefs in this series. The first story is about a Catholic priest in the far future that travels to the world of Hyperion and interacts with a group of natives that called themselves the Three Score and Ten. Terrible things happen when the Three Score and Ten discover that the Catholic priest is a a follower of the cross but not of the Cruciform as they had thought. The make him of the cruciform and that is when he meets the Shrike for the first time. It doesn’t sound like much but it was wow, mind blowing.

The next most moving story is told by a father whose daughter came home from a investigating the time tomes on Hyperion with a terrible illness. Every morning when his daughter woke up she was one day younger and her memories were erased at the same time. The man and his wife that had raised this little girl were now raising her again in reverse. It is amazing and sad.

There is a story of a poet, he isn’t as likable but the writing is amazing, this story really lets you in on the way the world exists, its technology and politics and culture.

The Soldiers story and the Politician’s story and the Detective story are all very good and worth the read. The the travelers get to where they are going and the book ends. We don’t find out what the Shrike is, where it came from, if they will live or if they will die. This book tells the story of six amazing characters, but it is really part one of the story.

So I didn’t have a choice, I had to read the followup.

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