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Dan Simmons – Hyperion | Review

Title: Hyperion

Author: Dan Simmons

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 484

Rating: 4/5

To begin with, I wasn’t too sure that I was going to like this one, because it’s one of those books where it sort of throws you straight into the world and if you can’t keep up, that’s your own problem. I usually find that’s quite off-putting, and it comes down to the strength of the story. Here, the story was easily enough to keep me going.

But there’s also the fact that it was extremely well written. It’s one of those books where I would have read to the end regardless of my actual enjoyment just because I wanted to learn what I could from the writing style. I also think this is definitely one that you could re-read and because of the new perspective, you’d get an entirely different experience.

Another thing that I liked was the structure of the book itself. It was reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, although I haven’t actually read that and so I don’t know how valid the comparison is. When you combine the structure, the worldbuilding and the quality of the writing as a whole, you’re on to a winner.

It’s just a little heavy duty, although I’d argue that it’s easier to read than Dune was. That’s partly because you can break it up into the individual microstories, and also because there’s a pretty constant pace throughout, whereas I found that Dune sometimes felt a bit “stoppy and starty”. I think they’re both must-reads if you’re a serious sci-fi fan, although perhaps not if you’re only a newbie to the genre.

I’m somewhere in between, in that I’ve read my fair share of sci-fi but I don’t particularly enjoy it above any other genres. Horror is much more up my street, and so reading this has made me keen to try out The Terror, although I think I’m going to have a little wait between the two. I’ve also read one of Simmons’ novellas in a collection called Dark Visions that he was in with Stephen King and George R. R. Martin, and I found the same thing then. I need a bit of downtime after reading Simmons.

Still, I’m glad that I picked this up and I will probably continue with the rest of the series, although I have no plans to do it immediately and I might not get to it in time to join in with the readalong that’s happening on BookTube. For me, that’s fine, because it seems as though Simmons is an author who’s like a fine wine that should be savoured and enjoyed every now and again, instead of with every meal. And that’s just fine.

I’d say overall, if you’ve been thinking about giving this book a try, you should. If you haven’t, don’t. It lived up to my expectations, I guess.

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George R. R. Martin – Dying of the Light | Review

Title: Dying of the Light

Author: George R. R. Martin

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 274

Rating: 3*/5

 

George R. R. Martin - Dying of the Light

George R. R. Martin – Dying of the Light

 

I’ve had this book lying around for a while now, but I didn’t get round to picking it up until I teamed up with a friend on YouTube called Todd the Librarian to buddy read it. Unfortunately, I think Todd enjoyed it more than I did.

I’m not saying that I thought this was a bad book, though. In fact, while I’ve given it three stars, that’s only because I’ve downgraded it from a 3.5. It’s a passable sci-fi novel and the world that Martin creates is as in-depth as you’ve probably come to expect from him, but I just feel as though he’s better suited to either fantasy or horror.

Part of the reason why I struggled with this one is that it’s one of those books that comes with an inbuilt glossary. As a reader, you’re expected to put it down every couple of paragraphs and flick to the back so you can look something up and understand what’s actually happening, but I didn’t bother to do that and so it often got difficult to follow. The central plot was doable, but a lot of the politics and the world-building was lost on me.

The cool thing, though, is that I bought a used copy of this book online and when it arrived and I opened it up and started reading it, I found out that it was signed. I had no idea and I didn’t pay any extra for the privilege, so that was pretty cool. Yeah.

 

George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin

 

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