PDF The Rise of Endymion I survived As I ve reported in my previous reviews of this series there were times where it seemed as if my gray matter was going to be permanently fried by this epic sci fi
PDF The Rise of Endymion I survived!As I’ve reported in my previous reviews of this series there were times where it seemed as if my gray matter was going to be permanently fried by this epic sci-fi story. I finally got through to the end with most of my marbles still in the bag they came in.It’s almost impossible to give a summary of this without spoiling the previous book so I’ll just say that Aenea and Raul Endymion continue their interstellar journey to fulfill her ultimate destiny as the powerful forces of a corrupted Catholic Church and the artificial intelligences of the TechnoCore try to stop them by increasingly desperate means. Oh, and the mysterious and deadly time-traveling Shrike continues to pop up.This isn’t just your standard sci-fi space opera about a chosen one saving the galaxy from the Death Star. What Simmons has done here is create a tale that spans time and space in which even Jesus was a player and the ultimate stakes are the fate of evolution of life in the entire universe. As with the other books, he’s done an incredible job of building multiple stories and fusing them all together into a rich and diverse whole. Any one of his concepts could have been the basis for an entire book or series like a planet where the cities have been built high onto the tops of mountain peaks due an acidic ocean at lower altitudes. That’s just one stop along the way for Aenea and Raul.So how did I live through it? Dan Simmons finally revealed himself to be human and somewhat fallible here in the last book. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still an excellent series and one of the most ambitious sci-fi stories I’ve read. But there were a few things that irked me in this one that took it down from five stars to four and that probably kept my brain pan from overheating.First is that Simmons goes back and alters some of what we’re previously told in the earlier books. I’m not sure if he originally planned to end it after two books but carried it to four and had to do some changing to fit an ending he came up with later, or if he just discarded some ideas late in the game, but I didn’t like that what we thought happened in the first two books turned out to be untrue. Simmons didn’t commit any crimes against his fans on a George Lucas scale, but it bothered me, particularly the revisions to the Shrike’s origin and ultimate fate.I also don’t think that Simmons knew when to turn off the creative mode and shift into resolution mode. He kept adding elaborate new settings and characters and events right up until the end game, and it started reminding me of how Lost just kept piling new characters and mysteries into its final season and didn’t do nearly enough wrapping up. Simmons still managed to provide a mostly satisfy ending, but when he added yet another mind blowing new setting in the last quarter of the book, I found myself getting a little impatient. Still, these are minor quibbles about a sci-fi story that swung for the fences and managed to deliver on almost all of it’s potential.. The Rise of Endymion go inside Books 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 discipleThe 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.. Dan Simmons grew up in various cities and small towns in the Midwest, including Brimfield, Illinois, which was the source of his fictional Elm Haven in 1991 s SUMMER OF NIGHT and 2002 s A WINTER HAUNTING Dan received a B.A in English from Wabash College in 1970, winning a national Phi Beta Kappa Award during his senior year for excellence in fiction, journalism and art Dan received his Masters in Education from Washington University in St Louis in 1971 He then worked in elementary education for 18 years 2 years in Missouri, 2 years in Buffalo, New York one year as a specially trained BOCES resource teacher and another as a sixth grade teacher and 14 years in Colorado ABOUT DAN Biographic Sketch His last four years in teaching were spent creating, coordinating, and teaching in APEX, an extensive gifted talented program serving 19 elementary schools and some 15,000 potential students During his years of teaching, he won awards from the Colorado Education Association and was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year He also worked as a national language arts consultant, sharing his own Writing Well curriculum which he had created for his own classroom Eleven and twelve year old students in Simmons regular 6th grade class averaged junior year in high school writing ability according to annual standardized and holistic writing assessments Whenever someone says writing can t be taught, Dan begs to differ and has the track record to prove it Since becoming a full time writer, Dan likes to visit college writing classes, has taught in New Hampshire s Odyssey writing program for adults, and is considering hosting his own Windwalker Writers Workshop.Dan s first published story appeared on Feb 15, 1982, the day his daughter, Jane Kathryn, was born He s always attributed that coincidence to helping in keeping things in perspective when it comes to the relative importance of writing and life Dan has been a full time writer since 1987 and lives along the Front Range of Colorado in the same town where he taught for 14 years with his wife, Karen, his daughter, Jane, when she s home from Hamilton College and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Fergie He does much of his writing at Windwalker their mountain property and cabin at 8,400 feet of altitude at the base of the Continental Divide, just south of Rocky Mountain National Park An 8 ft tall sculpture of the Shrike a thorned and frightening character from the four Hyperion Endymion novels was sculpted by an ex student and friend, Clee Richeson, and the sculpture now stands guard near the isolated cabin.. The best Book The Rise of Endymion In a galaxy far, far away, (the Large Magellanic Cloud, 160,000 light years from Sol) and over 1,000 years in the future, there lived two fugitives, devoted lovers, Raul Endymion of Hyperion, and the new messiah, Aenea, a product of human and nonhuman parents. The strange thing is they reside on Old Earth, somehow our planet has been poached there, by AI, artificial intelligence ( some are immensely evil). Still the couple is happy, a quiet, peaceful existence after a titanic struggle for survival, but this hiatus of four years, will not last, an unknown destiny awaits them...Earthlings have long built stupendous spaceships, that can surpass light speed, and have scattered throughout the Milky Way, inhabiting hundreds of planets, the starry heavens shine down on the bright , exotic structures, and newly erected modern cities, roads and oceans full of vehicles and boats, people transforming dead worlds into lively lands, bringing animals and plants from home. Yet human nature remains the same, greed, the quest for power , glory, wealth, can never be completely extinguished, but the good, will always try to change this...Raul, goes away, alone, on a puzzling mission, at Aenea's request, via the Farcaster portal, and with just a few detours, one, a giant gas planet he falls literally into, mile after mile, he descends, in an endless atmosphere, with only his entirely unsuitable kayak and parachute, growing hungry and thirsty, this chilling, interminable drop, continues, days pass, the air becoming not breathable, unwanted clouds, a constant companion, curious, weird, menacing, transparent creatures, appear...no land is observed underneath... He awakes, to the mountain world of T'ien Shan, his destination, a planet resembling Tibet, Buddhist monks , pagodas, and a new Dalai Lama, ( a boy of eight) Aenea arrived earlier, and the angry, tortured man, soon calms , his great love for Aenea will never stop. She, an amateur architect, is building a structure for the monks, high above, in a mountain peak, the poisonous clouds lurk below, but they can never stay , the brutal Pax rulers of the galaxy will pursue the two wherever they travel, she is dangerous to them, Nemes, the machine made to destroy her is here, the fierce, unstoppable robot, has brought two siblings, nobody can defeat them, a miracle occurs, the mighty Shrike monster, a mysterious friend, comes, and battles these things, a short opportunity to flee, arises, as the tumultuous brawl goes on. Stepping off the ledge, Raul and Aenea, glide in the air with their artificial wings, high above the never seen ground, many miles under, any mistake will plunge them into the deadly, nearby gas clouds, or treacherous mountain cliffs, but the thrill of flying like birds, soaring and diving , seeing new sights , that are indescribably beautiful and intoxicating , pure ecstasy , in fact, as long as it is possible, to remain there, but they need to reach a distant village soon, in order to escape, time is running out...The last of the enchanting, entertaining , and electrifying , series, for any sci-fi fan... they will enjoy it, I did.
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