Hyperion Author:Dan Simmons On the planet called Hyperion, beyond the law and the reach of 28th-century science, waits the creature called the Shrike. Some worship it, some fear it, and some have vowed to destroy it. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to the Valley of the Time Tombs, where the Shrike waits fo... more »r them. They seek the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives and have resolved to die before discovering anything less than the secrets of the universe itself.« less
I really enjoyed this book. I happened across it at an old used bookstore in my hometown in Southern Oregon. I picked it up because the title sounded familiar. I later realized that it was familiar as the name of a Greek god as well as a poem by John Keats.
The book is an intricate tale told through the personal narratives of seven individuals chosen by the Shrike Cult to be the last pilgrimage to the holy Time Tombs. Each pilgrim's story is beautifully written, intriguing and fascinating. They are also chilling and mildly gruesome
The book is filled with beautiful imagery and unique sci-fi/fantasy material as well as classic staples of the genre.