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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.

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That's what we do,we drink and we know things

Shrike Fashioned

Ingredients:

  • 2oz bourbon 
  • 1oz cherry syrup (From bourbon cherries)
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • bourbon cherries
  • orange peel

Directions:

  1. Fill shaker glass with bourbon, ice, syrup, and bitters
  2. Stir for 10 seconds
  3. Add large ice cube (or 2-3 small ice cubes) to drinking glass
  4. Strain shaker in to glass
  5. Twist the the orange peel then run it over the rim of the glass
  6. Garnish with a bourbon cherry on a pick; as the Shrike would with it's victims
  7. Enjoy the taste of an Old Fashioned, with a new twist, while you enjoy this read!
Old Fashioned cocktail sitting on a wooden table in the sunlight

EAT IT, NERD!

colorful fruit skewers on a pink plate with a blue and white grid background

Shrike Bites

Let's pretend we're Shrikes an eat our snacks on a skewer -- a tasty one that is!

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Rinse and cut fruits into bite sized pieces
  2. Skewer fruits to cover 1/4 of the skewer
  3. 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 
  4. Place chocolate-covered fruits on a tray lined with wax paper
  5. Place tray in freezer for 5-10 minutes to set
  6. Enjoy the crunchy, sweet taste of Shrike Bites

SATIS-FACT-ION

Satis-FACT-ion

How many of these fun facts did you know? Did we miss any? Let us know when you submit your review.

A red backed shrike on a tree branch

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. 

Hugo Award Logo

Hyperion won both the 1990 Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Novel.

Cover art for Summer of Night

Simmons has also written multiple horror novels, starting with the 1991 book Summer of Night.

The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion book covers.

Hyperion is the first in the Cantos series, followed by The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion.

Cover art of Dan Simmon's The Terror

Simmons has also written Historical Fiction books, such as The Terror, based on a fictionalized account of John Franklin's lost expedition.

Warner Bros. logo

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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Dan Brown never ceases to create a thrilling adventure exploring the best cities in the world and playing mind games of puzzles and conspiracy!

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