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“Explores the relationship of history and culture to the idea of humanity. An exceptional creation.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“[OLYMPOS] manages to mix great literary pastiche with some highly original storytelling...thoughtful, inventive, clever and action-packed.” (Sunday Denver Post)

“Ambitious, witty, moving: Simmons at his best.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Insanely ambitious . . . Ilium and OLYMPOS together solidify [Simmons’s] reputation as one of science fiction’s genuine modern masters.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“A thoughtful but fast-paced tale that will leave heads spinning and hearts racing.” (Newark Star Ledger)

“Philosophy, physics and literature 101, wrapped up in the trappings of Buck Rogers-style space opera: great fun.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

“Fans of epic, action-driven science fiction will talk about this inventive and highly-addictive thriller for years.” (School Library Journal)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before twenty-first-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy Hector and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve.

And now all bets are off.




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  • Poche: 912 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Voyager; Édition : Reprint (25 juillet 2006)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0380817934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380817931
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,6 x 3,5 x 17,1 cm
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Dan Simmons, né en 1948 dans l'Illinois, aux États-Unis, a eu très jeune la vocation de l'écriture. Diplômé de littérature, il a été enseignant pendant plus de quinze ans.
En 1982, Dan Simmons a fait des débuts très remarqués en littérature. Fasciné par la transcendance du mal et l'horreur de la souffrance, il est souvent présenté comme un spécialiste de la terreur. C'est pourtant la science-fiction qui lui a inspiré son chef-d'œuvre, Les cantos d'Hypérion (Hypérion en 1989 et La chute d'Hypérion en 1990), un grand cycle cosmogonique habité par les ombres de Keats et de Dante, qui se poursuit avec deux autres volets, Endymion (1996) et L'éveil d'Endymion (1997).
Il revient aujourd'hui à la science-fiction avec un diptyque magistral inspiré de l'Iliade, Ilium et Olympos.

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7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Lawrance Bernabo le 24 décembre 2005
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To be honest, I was pretty much lost on the science part of the story Dan Simmons was spinning in "Ilium" from the very beginning and when I picked up "Olympos" to read it was not in the hope that I would be able to catch up in that regard. By the time I finished the 735-page book I had really assumed that I just did not understand the science and how the three main plotlines of this sprawling narrative came together in the end. However, seeing all these reviews bemoaning a coherent conclusion that ties up all of the major threads leads me to believe that is not just my lack of understanding of quantum physics and the like that was why I was not really sure what it all meant in the end.
Certainly these two novels constitute an ambitious effort by Simmons. I was attracted to "Ilium" because I teach Classical Greek and Roman Mythology, look for any opportunity to teach Homer's "Iliad," and am even working on my own retelling of the Trojan War on the off chance that I can actually write something besides instructor's notes and reviews. So I found the idea of posthumans masquerading as the Greek gods, living on Mars, and playing games with the real Trojan War, rather compelling because Simmons was using hard (and futuristic) science to duplicate the powers of the gods. Besides, obviously I was going to identify with Thomas Hockenberry, the classics professor who had been resurrected as a scholic and not because he ends up in the bed of Helen of Troy (I find Andromache to be a lot more attractive as a human being and what would Cassandra think of somebody who actually believed her?).
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The book is quite interesting and that's all. Everything is too much. Too much action, too much philosophy, too much references and it results in too much volume. It was something original in Hyperion (1&2), not bad in its sequel Endymion, but this time Ilium + Olympos leave a bad taste in mouth (or head, to be more precise). By the way, I am a big fan of D.Simmons, so nothing personal!
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I am SO disappointed with Olympos! 23 mars 2006
Par Simmons Fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Please don't get me wrong. I am a HUGE Dan Simmons fan. I am an avid fan of his Hyperion series and I am waiting with serious anticipation for a movie series to unfold. While reading Ilium, I fell in love with the slightly dorky Hockenberry and the glorious Orphu and Mahnmut, worrying and fretting about their outcomes in this finale...

I was SO disappointed. This is just not Mr. Simmons' best writing. At BEST this is a melange of notes, maddeningly short chapters that jump from one subplot to the next (you literally have 5 or 6 subplots with an added one or two thrown in in the last 100 pages just to tick you off). Then, when you are heading for that all critical showdown with the antagonists (of which there are a minimum of 4 major and a whole slew of minors including Helen of Troy), you get NOTHING. I mean, there IS no showdown. The horrific Setebos and his evil sidekick Caliban (who was supposed to be THE bad one in Ilium)...Well, let's just say that Nada, zip and "What the He**!!" were my thoughts and exclamations. It was just awful. You get some seriously disturbing scenes like semi-necrophilia/rape the stasis patient (a la Kill Bill Part 1) which frankly, leave a bad, stinky, taste in your mouth. There is a lot of mind numbing exposition/explanation of physics and brane holes and all the things that make you think that Mr. Simmons is just trying to prove he ran these things past physics/chaos/quantum theory prof friends of his. (My favorite quip from anyone like this was simply "Quantum Physicists have P-branes".)

The book starts out really well. The chapters are of good length. Then they get smaller, more frenetic and things spin in and out and back again until you KNOW the end is going to slam into you and you are not going to like it. It's the same thing I have found over the years with Anne Rice. She would start out with an amazing plot and lose it in the middle and muddle her way to the disappointing, often hard to understand end.

And MAN, if Odysseus were really alive today, there is NO way he'd have followed Sycorax through time just to get it on with her. He'd have tricked her to be with his beloved. Come ON! There had to have been SOME kind of heroic ending instead of him just turning into a horny old time traveler! Gads. Such a letdown!

And BY the way, what EVER happened to the STRONG WOMAN characters that he seemed to have in his previous novels? In this one, she leads her wounded and left for dead group of friends out of serious danger then has a baby and BAM, she is relegated to a minor character who defers to hubby by the end. (Must be all the BOOK LEARNING he could hold over her head. Maybe he didn't send her as many PACKETS????) She just turns from heroine to glowing barefoot momma with kids in the background...ick.

Mr. Simmons is an amazing writer. I would really like to see more of the Hyperion series with a fresh, new slant. I have said this before and I hope I don't see these things anymore. I do not ever want to see another literary translation of a major epic in any more of his sci fi books. The man is seriously intimidating in his love and knowledge of ancient literature but, I can't take another novel full of clips from Keats, Yeats, Proust, Shakespeare and the myriads of Iliads. Moreover, I don't want any more stories with brane holes, creches or resurrection couches. And for goodness sake, stop with the mini-chapters and zillions of characters and sub plots. Too many to keep up with.

All in all, I am seriously disappointed. I even popped for the signed leather limited edition. Oh well. I hope for many more. They can't all be divine. But no more stinkers please!!! I like you too much to see you steep yourself in more of this!
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Very Imaginative Story, Highly Disappointing Ending. 28 octobre 2005
Par Tribe Hollywood - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm glad we have Dan Simmons because an author who has the courage to imagine on a grand, fantastic scale and has the guts to take a story all the way is rare and alway a pleasure.

Unfortunately, Simmons fails in this particular attempt - Illium was great, Olympos starts out convoluted, amps up on suspense around the middle and then the story falls apart completely.

I'll avoid being repetetive but let me just say that all the loose ends listed here by other reviewers are truly loose ends and not just oversights by inattentive readers.

For example: If an auhor says: "This character is told to walk the Atlantic Breach for months even though he could be brought to the other side in seconds - but there is a deeper reason for it!" - then I think the reader deserves to find out that reason at some point.

The explanation given for the existence of the Greek gods on Mars and all the other fantastically bizarre things that are going is, it turns out, thoroughly ridiculous. It's an all-purpose explanation that makes no more sense than "Well, anything is possible..."

Why was Hockenberry created by the Gods?

Why was he recording the Trojan War for Zeus?

I mean... - this is the MAIN CHARACTER and his entire existence makes no sense.

What happened to the big villain (Setebos)? He just disappears, without explanation!!!

What is Moira doing in there? First, it seems so important to wake her, then she does nothing but walk around invisible!

Why is Prospero important? What does he do? Nothing.

Why did the moravecs mount a huge expedition to Earth to end the quantum disturbance? They end up doing absolutely nothing because Setebos, as I said, just disappears...

So - many points for imagination and good writing, and a dissappointed shake of the head for a story that simply does not deliver.
25 internautes sur 26 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A let down... 10 novembre 2005
Par A. Todd - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'm a huge Simmons fan and the Hyperion series is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi collections. I loved Ilium and devoured the book in one weekend. I couldn't wait for the follow-up. In fact, I pre-ordered Olympos and the new H. Potter book at about the same time, and decided that Olympos was my next must-read book.

Then, it literally took me 4 months to read Olympos. I essentially had to force myself to keep reading. Ilium was ablaze with suspense and all the characters, from the gods to the moravecs (organic machines), leapt off the page they were so alive.

Spoiler Alerts: There are numerous story threads that are left hanging, others that simply dissipate. The build-up created in Ilium, where meta-intelligences (Prospero, Sycorax, Ariel, post-humans in the guise of the Greek Pantheon) are battling for their respective interests, is not resolved in Olympos. Other characters arrive, and their motives are never fully explored or explained. Prospero floats around being cryptic. Sycorax gives up a battle she has been waging for centuries to have sex with Odysseus. Ariel appears once, acts mysterious, and disappears. The post-human Greek gods just eventually go away.

In the first book, the fabric of the entire universe is in danger because the post-humans have abused quantum reality. Additionally, the quantum distortions have allowed evil beings from other dimensions to slip into our universe. In Olympos, the evil departs, with no explanation. Apparently, the quantum instability is also resolved, also without much explanation. Primary characters from the first book are ignored in the second.

Most frustrating, the pace of the second book is lethargic through 3/4 of the novel, and then the pace picks up at frenetic speed. At the point where the pace increases, is precisely where things just stop being explained. The moravecs, which, throughout Ilium, carry the literary heart and soul of mankind because mankind has forgotten them, become, in book two, cute/fuzzy jokesters who babysit children. In book one, they had their own society!

I'm not sure how this got past the editors, but narratively speaking, this is an inferior effort from Simmons, and especially in light of the first book, which blew me away. This book left me cold and flat, and by the end, I just didn't care what happened to anyone in the book. I was just happy I could finally move on to Harry Potter.
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Very Disappointing... 10 novembre 2005
Par Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
After "Illium," I couldn't wait to read this.

Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment.

The biggest problem is that almost no resolution is given to the many fantastic plots and characters. This book merely adds more stories, more figures, and never explains, resolves or wraps up any of it.

The few explanations that finally are given are absolutely ludicrous.

It's a shame because this story - which had a brilliant start - degenerates into disjointed, boring, nerdy garbage.

Suddenly, after all the cool stuff in Illium, you get robots who are Star Trek fans (a few thousand years after the series aired), a supervillain who is a big brain bug with hands as feet (how silly is that?) that feeds on human suffering (yawn), trite anti-Islamic-terrorism stuff, a silly D&D-ish sex scene, an alien giant who appears out of nowhere and - can you say deux ex machina? - resolves a few plot lines, a cool moravec army that never does anything, a verse-talking monster who... oh yeah, that's one of the unresolved plot lines, a verse-talking hologram who... oh, that's another unresolved plotline, a major character who just disappears in another silly sex scene with Odysseus, an ex-Eloi going on a completely senseless and unexplained trek through an artifical ocean canyon, a Post-Human who is finally awoken with great fuss and never does anything but walk around invisible (another big yawn there), a long, harrowing but completely unnecessary journey in a giant cable car (an aerial repeat of Hyperion's wind car) and, finally, a main character - Hockenberry - who apparently was brought back to life for a reason by Zeus (whatever happens to Zeus, anyway?) but we never learn that reason.

Also - and I should mention I'm not a gay rights activist or anything - but there is a strangely conspicuous anti-gay slur near the end of the book.

Apparently, other reviewers noticed that, too.

It doesn't fit in at all and it's almost as if someone hacked into the manuscript after the editors approved it and added it.

Perhaps that's the explanation for this whole mess of a book?

What can I say?

I guess the only thing I can say is:

"What's the point?"
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Fine author - competent book 17 juillet 2005
Par Stephen Chakwin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Dan Simmons is amazingly skilled as a writer. He has obviously spent much time with great literature to his benefit and his readers'. The Hyperion tetralogy still contains more archetypal images in less space than any book or series of books I know.

Ilium, the predecessor to this book, was an interesting set-up and I enjoyed it. [What's not to like when an English professor gets to become the bedmate of Helen of Troy? Shades of "The Kugelmass Episode"!]

I was eager to find out how Simmons would get himself out of the many traps he had put himself into. Nobody is a better speculative fiction Houdini than he is.

And here we are with gazillions of pages that lead to one of those "Huh?" last-volume-of-the-Dune-series endings. Lots of loose ends here and no third volume in sight.

No spoilers here, but I have to note that the trajectories of the characters seems arbitrary sometimes - Achilles especially with a bizarre wind-up.

I also find some of the writing self-indulgent in a crass kind of way. A character of immense age and power spends much time talking like an oracle and some like a trailer trash Jerry Springer guest.

In the same way, some of the important plot events happen offstage and seem designed simply to move characters around and get them in and out of the narrative.

If you enjoyed Ilium, you ought to read this one, but bear in mind that it's middling Simmons. Middling Simmons is far better than the best of many other writers. And yet, Simmons's best writing and thinking promises a book - or a series of books - much better than this one. It's a promise that he's never lived up to, not even in the Hyperion books. I hope he someday writes the book that he's capable of.

Meanwhile, consider this a kind of placeholder for that book. It's Simmons on cruise control.
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