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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
Hyperion (Hyperion, #1) - Dan Simmons This is not the novel you are looking for...

By which of course I mean that this novel is not what you may be expecting when you pick it up. I certainly didn't predict that the book would be exactly what it was in the end. I thought it was a straightforward classic sci-fi in the same manner as others. By association I thought this meant action, space flight, cool and crazy gadgets and zany characters.

But instead I ended up with something very different. There were gadgets and action but it was limited. The whole story became a sort of philosophical talk about religion, life and machinery. Sure perhaps there were some complex and interesting ideas but I clashed with many of them on a personal level. In particular I really disliked the poet. I couldn't stand him as a character because he was so blatantly selfish.

In the end I guess how you approach this novel and enjoy it will come down to your own beliefs and how you like your sci-fi. It's an interesting read nonetheless but I didn't find anything really special in it. Apart from the Shrike: the killer god machine. Okay he was an interesting invention and so was the concept of time-debt and the time tombs. But apart from that it was at times bland sci-fi with a philosophical bent.

I doubt I'll read the sequel anytime soon. I need to let it rest a while. That said I will be back to learn how this intriguing story ends. And the second time I hope to be fully prepared for the plotting and style of Dan Simmons.