I know there's lots of fans here of Dan Simmons' Hyperion. Am I the only one who gets only a couple of pages into The Poet's Tale: "Hyperion Cantos" and wonders if I will be able to stand the next 40 pages or so? It's clear from the beginning that Simmons is establishing Martin Silenus to be a character of cliches, but it's really piled on to an insufferable degree in the third chapter when it's time for Silenus to tell his story. I shelved the book after only 2-3 pages last night because I wasn't in the mood for a whole chapter written in the style of a drunk-poet-literature-name-dropping-caricature.

So, can I expect it to get better a bit further in? Should I try to just take the style less seriously and try to grin and bear it until the next character's story?

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Genuinely curious as to the experiences of folks who have read through the book already, avoiding spoilers of course.


OT Kinja question: How do I italicize a word in the title? <em></em> doesn't seem to work anymore.

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