Olympos Librarian s Note Alternate Edition with same isbn isbn January THE EXTRAORDINARY AND MAGNIFICENT EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE HUGO AWARD NOMINATED ILIUMBeneath the gaze of the gods the mighty armies

Librarian s Note Alternate Edition with same isbn isbn 13 January 2011THE EXTRAORDINARY AND MAGNIFICENT EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE HUGO AWARD NOMINATED ILIUMBeneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer s timeless narrative, but that was before twenty first centurLibrarian s Note Alternate Edition with same isbn isbn 13 January 2011THE EXTRAORDINARY AND MAGNIFICENT EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE HUGO AWARD NOMINATED ILIUMBeneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer s timeless narrative, but that was before twenty first century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy Hector and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth s human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve.And now all bets are off.

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  1. 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.

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  1. Oh, frack it I ve started and deleted and restarted this review too many times already Dan Simmons Ilium and Olympos have left me speechless If you ask my wife, you ll discover that s a rare occurrence indeed I don t think I can put together an entirely coherent review, much less something with any significant insight on the author s ideas So I ll just share what I m able to get out in a little solitary brainstorming session.First of all, you have to realize that Olympos isn t merely the sequel [...]

  2. Contains spoilers towards the end This is my least favorite book.It s not the worst book I ve ever read Manos The Hands of Fate is perhaps the worst movie I ve ever seen, but it s not my least favorite It takes than simple technical ineptness to rise or sink to the rank of my least favorite A least favorite work needs to commit some special crime Olympos crime is that it took the plot threads of Ilium, one of the top two or three most creative and ambitious science fiction books I ve yet encoun [...]

  3. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEADI have tremendous problems with this book, not the least of which is that I wanted to enjoy it so badly Simmons has a talent for writing good scenes and decent characters, but the overall structure of this book is so sloppy and disappointing that I can t help but feel cheated I felt this way at the end of Rise of Endymion as well, and I m starting to think that it s systemic to all of his epic sci fi narratives He comes up with a neat idea, creates hint that he s going to exp [...]

  4. I enjoyed the beginning of this book as it picks up where Ilium left off Leading up to about the middle of the book the story line is interesting and exciting And then wham Stinky turds from there on out The rest of the story is a classic example of everything I can t stand about bad science fiction.No or very little insight into the science The author just assumes you know what the he is talking about.So many people and characters interacting in blurry loops of potential meaning that go nowhere [...]

  5. Mind blowing, adrenaline pumping, world expanding science fiction at its very best Dan Simmons has big ideas and grand schemes, and he is never content to simply tell a story no, he must weave it into our own reality in a seamless fashion, reaching backward and forward in time and literature In this story I m grouping the previous book, Ilium, into the story , he brings together Shakespeare, Homer, Proust, quantum teleportation, terraforming, robots, and so much Each new bit that unfolds reveal [...]

  6. Dan Simmons Olympos consists mainly in two threads In the one, most of our various characters Harman and Daeman, the moravecs, Odysseus, Achilles, et al undertake long journeys in time and space, bringing them at an unbearably slow pace towards the future Earth On these journeys, they endure various ordeals of little consequence, and a great deal of nothing occurs and is described at great length and in extraordinary detail by Simmons In the other thread, we are treated to pages and pages of exp [...]

  7. This sequel to Ilium follows a pattern I ve noticed with Dan Simmons, now that I ve read his entire Hyperion Cantos his first books in a series are really, really good, while the follow ups are still good, but seem to lose a bit of the brilliance of the original and wind up going in strange places.Olympos, the second book of this fat duology, continues the saga of a classics professor from 21st century Earth resurrected 3000 years later to witness a recreation of the Trojan War on a terraformed [...]

  8. A very ambitious science fiction duology Olympos being the direct sequel to Ilium MILD SPOILERS AHEAD This is a multi universe far future epic involving Greek gods and Homeric heroes, Artificial Intelligences obsessed with Proust, nanotech enhanced posthumans, a resurrected Professor of Classics from the 20th century that attempts to seduce Helen of Troy, anti semitic killer robots, characters from Shakespeare that have come to life due to Quantum wave parallel universe framistatwhatsits apparen [...]

  9. Welllll I just can t get excited about this book now that it s over After wading through 900 dense pages of literary influenced sci fi, I feel a little cheated by where we ended up Harman s journey into what was supposed to be the Earth s past our future, I guess was pretty dull considering the tantalizing hints Simmons drops I love the idea, for example, that a Global Caliphate arose sometime in the 22nd Century, developed time travel and quantum spacetime science, and destroyed the bulk of civ [...]

  10. I was disappointed in this book It s sad, because Ilium was so promising But I found this a real let down conclusion to a probably over ambitious beginning Perhaps I had too high of hopes, because if anybody could have pulled off a conclusion to such an ambitious start, it would have been Simmons.This novel seemed like a jumble of cool ideas thrown in together and stirred They were all individually fascinating, but they didn t come together into anything Well, story shaped to steal Neil Gaiman s [...]

  11. Sometimes, life gets in the way of reading, and it takes a month to read a 900 page book It can be frustrating to not have the time to absorb long sections, and there is the possibility of forgetting what was happening, resulting in feeling completely lost But other times, dragging out consumption of a novel can make a reader or me, anyway actually feel even immersed in the story Over the course of reading Ilium and Olympos, I ve spent a fair amount of real time in the world Dan Simmons created [...]

  12. What a complete disappointment Ilium was amazing, beautiful, epic story telling, but Olympos was just a complete boring mess I kept thinking it would get back on track, but it didn t NOTHING was explained Don t read this if you are looking for answers from the questions in Ilium, you won t get them There are even two characters in the story that actually do know what s going on and can answer questions, but they refuse to and just wink at each other knowingly Kind of insulting to your reader if [...]

  13. I almost couldn t believe this book was written by the same author as Hyperion and Ilium The various plots meandered while none of the big mysteries were answered And where did all the misogynism come from Simmons has always written such strong female characters Suddenly Helen of Troy is calling herself a cunt and the formerly powerful strong modern day human female characters are suddenly crying and moody all of the time, while the men take front seat on the adventures And the Goddesses all bec [...]

  14. Even though I really enjoyed the first book of this duo logy, the comments in the review section at were less than stellar However, I couldn t pass up the chance to follow all the characters I had rapidly come to know in Ilium I m glad that I disregarded all of those comments While this rating is a 4.5 I thought the sex scenes were over the top and unnecessary I still thought the book was really good Some of the reviews I read complained about things not being explained fully, and while I found [...]

  15. Fascinating, creative, and epic Got a bit racy at parts, and I found myself skipping pagesever, it was well worth the read Long, drawn out, and complex, I enjoyed this novel.

  16. Like Ilium, Olympos is a mixed bag for me On the one hand, it is a truly impressive collection of literary references and obviously the result of a ton of research Simmons brings together Shakespeare, Proust, Robert Browning, Nabokov, Joyce, Homer, Virgil, and other major literary figures to frame his world On the other hand, I have the same complaint that I had with Ilium the characters aren t that riveting There is character development in this second book, especially when the old style human [...]

  17. abandoned halfway through The actual story is a solid 3 stars vaguely interesting characters, a complicated world, etc I actually rather want to find Ilium now and read it, because I feel that it might be orders of magnitude better.As a standalone book, this is shit things, characters and events from the first one are mentioned but not adequately explained example calibani are smaller and weaker versions of Caliban first mention is pretty early in the book, but first, albeit partial, description [...]

  18. The Ilium Olympos duology is some of the most fantastic sci fi that I have read for ages The depth and breadth of the story is so utterly satisfying that it puts other books to shame Ilium is difficult to get into to start with as the three different main story strands don t really start to relate to each other until 3 4 of the way into the book which makes things a bit confusing and difficult to keep up with The story comes into its own in Olympos, and unlike a lot of Simmons characters, you re [...]

  19. and then there were none no one writes like Simmons, and even when he has split open your skull, taken out your brains, juiced them with some Reyka vodka, chocolate sauce, coffee beans, and butter pecan ice cream it s known in Hugo and Nebula and Arthur C Clarke winning circles as a Medulla Mudslide, which is why you ll never have one, non award winner types hahahahahaha OK, that s just me being silly and then sluiced them back in and stuck a bendystraw in your mouth so you can sample the goodne [...]

  20. I read this book very bittily, because I couldn t get into it very well I thought it was okay It was absorbing enough once I forced myself to concentrate on it The technology, to my mind, made things a bit too easy And if some things had been cut out, it would ve made it readable and made it make sense For example why, if your only motivation so far has been to get back to your pregnant wife, and you have important information to deliver, would you go into a radioactive wreck where you know yo [...]

  21. The sequel to Dan Simmons epic sci fi space opera Ilium , Olympos continues the story of 21st century Professor Thomas Hockenberry, who has inexplicably been resurrected on Mars to be an observer of the Trojan War Confused So is he, and so is the reader for a considerable amount of time Thankfully, in the deft hands of consummate storyteller Simmons, we begin to piece together what is happening in the universe It s the distant future, and the Greek Gods have all returned to set up their new Mt O [...]

  22. WARNING Not a spoiler, but the ending is talked about in extremely general terms.I loved the world, the characters, the premise, and the story So why only three stars Simmons really wanted to end the series in two books, but there was just too much there to really do so The result was that Olympos lacked the strong sense of climax that Illium had, while also having a drawn out resolution that left Simmons running through time and space and alternate realities tying up all the loose ends I unders [...]

  23. Wow, what a weird book The sentient robots from the asteroid belt were the most identifiable characters in it It was definitely interesting at times, but the Trojan war bits dragged on There are about 3 different plotlines that are seemingly unrelated It is finally all explained, and it mostly makes sense There were parts I really enjoyed and parts I didn t care for and some parts that were just bizarre It took me forever to get through this So is that a recommendation Well, if you want to read [...]

  24. A fair finish to Ilium, and still a four star book The sheer insanity of Simmons s post modern parallel universes glimpsed or created by mankind s geniuses premise is wonderful, although the history of how humanity fell a war between the Global Caliphate and a new Khanate and the near extermination of the Jews jarred I feel like it would have been better left ambiguous, although I can see the argument that the specificity serves as a link between our time and the new fall of man.The Sword of All [...]

  25. This is the last volume of dazzling SF epic duology by Dan Simmons The story is too long to a nonnative speaker like me, but it s worth reading Many interesting ideas such as parallel universe, terraforming,and Quantum teleportation are packed into one book Devoted SF fan is surely thrilled by this book Simmons denounces violence and war in this book That s why this epic is persuasive and moving.

  26. Ilium was promising, but this book stank Simmons has been uneven before, but this book finished it for me Sorry, no from this author.

  27. Fantastic follow up to Illium The only thing that kept this from 5 star was the last couple pages More on that later.First, the goodHILLES As someone who has read the Iliad, you spend most of these books internally thinking what would achilles or hector actually do if confronted with this situation This is where Dan Simmons really shines as an author You really feel like Achilles jumped right out of the Iliad and started right up in this book I don t know about other readers, but I found Achille [...]

  28. Voici un 2e tome dans lequel je mettais trop d attente, car, m me s il est correct, il m a un peu d ue car je m attendais plus Ce tome est rempli d addictivit de l action, du suspens et de l volution de nos personnages, de l amour, tout y est Seulement, voil , les r v lations sont tardives et incompl tes, les explications scientifiques finalement incompl tes t chent le tout J ai bien aim , mais je garde un petit go t amer d inachev Je ne regrette toutefois pas cette s rie, elle vaut le coup iman [...]

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