I kinda swore that I'd never get into science-fiction novels. I'm a tedious enough geek as it is anyhow (same goes for multiplayer RPGs; that shit would be like CRACK for me, homes).
But yeah, a friend bought me Hyperion for my birthingday. How's this for offputting:
The version I'd seen previously had an airbrush-style cover (not mine though)
The blurb describes it in the first of 'The Hyperion Cantos'
The structure of the book has been described to me as loosely mirroring Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. fuck me.
A metal (I think) band has done a concept album based on it.
And to top it all off, the first few pages are in fact unintelligible. Is it a rule of science-fiction writing to weed out uncommitted readers from the off? The idea seems to be to throw in every unexplained piece of terminology, so's that it feels like I might as well be reading Klingon, or Welsh.
And then it's fucking awesome. There's a metal dude covered in thorns who impales people on his tree of pain. Creepy bald immortal retards. A sweary poet with satyr legs. The frame tale structure is brilliant; and permits a Matrix-y detective story to co-exist with a sad, reflective one about parenthood, among others.
Anyone else read it? Or (dare I say) recommend anythind else in a similar vein?