My Thoughts Exactly...
Dan Simmons pieces together a perspective from beyond our galaxy. Strewn between seven storylines, it is almost a precautionary tale of how human existence is interrelated throughout time and space.
Trigger Warnings and Ratings
THIS BOOK CONTAINS MATURE THEMES
While we all love reading books, sometimes they can have themes and topics that may not be appropriate for everyone. To help figure out if this book is suitable for you, please first take a look at the warnings we have included.
Hyperion is recommended for ages 18+.
The book includes mature language and themes such as violence and sexuality.
Hyperion contains a lot of heavy themes that may not be suitable for all ages; and may be triggering to readers. To help our fans decide if this book is right for them we have included this trigger warning list as there are topics that readers may find disturbing.
- Graphic: blood, body horror, gore, death, and sexual content.
- Moderate: cursing, gun violence, and alcohol.
- Minor: drug use, animal death, colonization, grief, pregnancy, drug abuse, genocide, and war
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Let's dive into the stories from the Time Tombs
All of these stories provide a bit of horror and humanity. For me, the Consul's Tale was a standout as the storytelling from the grandchild's perspective gave me Wuthering Heights vibes. It was a heart-wrenching tale of love spanning endless time, with the familial revenge twist giving Romeo and Juliet tones as well. It feels like a renaissance style story placed on a sci-fi backdrop; and that's the perfect pair in my mind.
What was your favorite short story in the book? Let us know in your review!
- 2oz bourbon
- 1oz cherry syrup (From bourbon cherries)
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
- bourbon cherries
- orange peel
- Fill shaker glass with bourbon, ice, syrup, and bitters
- Stir for 10 seconds
- Add large ice cube (or 2-3 small ice cubes) to drinking glass
- Strain shaker in to glass
- Twist the the orange peel then run it over the rim of the glass
- Garnish with a bourbon cherry on a pick; as the Shrike would with it's victims
- Enjoy the taste of an Old Fashioned, with a new twist, while you enjoy this read!
Let's pretend we're Shrikes an eat our snacks on a skewer -- a tasty one that is!
- 5 -10 Skewers
- your choice of fruits (strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and mangoes are recommended)
- 1 lime, sliced into wedges *optional*
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar *optional*
- 1 bar of milk chocolate, melted
- Rinse and cut fruits into bite sized pieces
- Skewer fruits to cover 1/4 of the skewer
- Dip one side of fruits on the skewer in to the chocolate
Optional: Use lime juice to coat the fruits and roll in sugar for a bit of crunch, or roll the chocolate coating in the sugar for an extra sugary crunch
- Place chocolate-covered fruits on a tray lined with wax paper
- Place tray in freezer for 5-10 minutes to set
- Enjoy the crunchy, sweet taste of Shrike Bites
How many of these fun facts did you know? Did we miss any? Let us know when you submit your review.
The Shrike in Hyperion was named after the Shrike bird due to the way the bird impales insects while hunting for food; just as the Shrikes do to their prey in the novel.
Hyperion won both the 1990 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Novel.
Simmons has also written multiple horror novels, starting with the 1991 book Summer of Night.
Hyperion is the first in the Cantos series, followed by The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion.
Simmons has also written Historical Fiction books, such as The Terror, based on a fictionalized account of John Franklin's lost expedition.
Warner Bros. has been bouncing the idea back and forth of a film of Hyperion, with Bradley Cooper taking an interest in development. As of 2021, they are set to make a film version.
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