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Number Of Pages: 704
Publication Date: 2005-06-28

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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 one observer -- Twenty-first Century scholar Thomas Hockenberry -- stirred the bloody brew; before an enraged Achilles joined forces with his archenemy Hector; and before the fleet-footed mankiller turned his murderous wrath on Zeus, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Apollo, and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators.

Now, all bets are off.

Dan Simmons, the multiple-award-winning author of The Hyperion Cantos, returns with the eagerly anticipated conclusion to his critically acclaimed, Hugo Award-nominated sf epic Ilium. A novel breathtaking in its scope and conception, Olympos ingeniously imagines a catastrophic future where immortal ""post-humans"" high atop the real Olympos Mons on Mars restage the Trojan War for their own amusement even while the sad remnants of mortal humankind are forced to confront their ultimate annihilation.

For untold centuries, those few old-style humans remaining on Earth have never known strife, toil, or responsibility, each content to live his or her allocated hundred years of life in unquestioning leisure. But virtually overnight and for reasons beyond their comprehension, the world around them has changed forever. The voynix -- terrible and swift creatures that once catered to their every need -- are now massing in the millions with but one terrifying purpose: the total extermination of the human race.

Having traveled farther and learned more of the wondrous and terrible truth of their world than any others of their kind, Ada and Daeman -- with the aid of the crafty and mysterious warrior once called Odysseus, now called Noman -- must marshal the pathetic defenses of Ardis Hall in anticipation of the onslaught of the murderous voynix. And they must do so without Harman, Ada's lover and the father of her unborn child, who wanders the Earth on a great odyssey of his own. Harman seeks nothing less than the limitless knowledge necessary to defeat Setebos, an unspeakable, otherworldly monster who feeds on horror, and whose arrival heralds the end of all things.

And meanwhile, back on Mars ...

The vengeful rebellion of Achilles -- and the intervention of sentient robots from Jovian space, determined to prevent a potentially universe-obliterating quantum catastrophe -- has set immortal against immortal, igniting a civil war among Olympian gods that may send all things in Heaven and Earth and everywhere in between plummeting straight to Hell.

A monumental work that blurs the often arbitrary line between great sf and serious literature, Dan Simmons's Olympos -- together with its extraordinary predecessor, Ilium -- sets new standards for the genre, confirming his reputation as one of the most original authors currently working in the field of speculative fiction.


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Summary: don't read
Comment: I advise anyone just to read the first part of this series Ilium, but don't read Olympos. I don't know how anyone could give a positive review of this book. The writing, the story, the mystery, the reason, the characters, it all falls appart in the sequel. Read the first book, imagine your own ending to the story. I assure you it's better then the second book.

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Summary: Falls apart
Comment: The wonderful story and backdrop setup in Ilium cannot be sustained. The writing falls apart, the story splinters, the explanations are not satisfying, the characterization fumbles. Not a bad book, but if I had to do it over again I would have probably walked away after Ilium.

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Summary: I doubt he reads these things, but ...
Comment: Dan Simmons, I'm exceptionally disappointed in this pile of dog poop that you call "Olympos."

My list of complaints has already been addressed by other reviewers, so I won't bother re-hashing them. I give the book a 2-star review because I enjoyed the window into some of the high points of your imagination. I can't imagine why anyone would rate the book higher, though. Did those 5-star reviewers read the same book as I?

Unlike some of the pretentious reviewers who complained about incorrect usage of string theory or greek/latin (mis-)translations, I'm just steamed because you left so many threads dangling in the breeze. I don't expect Sci-Fi to get everything right to satisfy all the pedants. I do, however, expect a novel to finish things up properly and not leave me frustrated and irritated at the end. Odysseus got his rocks off -- what about the rest of us?

Sigh. Oh, one more thing... Enough with the crazy jingoism and blatant homophobia. Seriously. For someone who dabbles in visions of the distant future and advanced civilizations, you sure seem awfully small-minded in some ways.

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Summary: Stop Reading w/ 75 pgs Left For a 5 Star Book
Comment: I'll try to keep it short for the passing reader:

Really, really, really good book the first 90% of it. But then you are presented with a limp finale and than a follow-up that could have done with some better chapter organization (Switching the last 2 chapters may have provided a better effect, asinine I know but I'm just trying to find some potential).

It really felt like all the storylines just fall apart at the end into weak explanations (or more then likely no explanation at all). I enjoyed reading about the science in Ilium and moreso in Olympos but Simmons just doesn't string it together well enough. All of a sudden one of the characters just "figures it all out".

If you insist on buying this book (which you should if you have already read Ilium), I would suggest halting after part 3 ends, maybe you won't have too bitter a taste in your mouth like I was left with after proceeding though Part 4.

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Summary: Disappointing
Comment: As others have said, the loose ends are tied up too abruptly and sloppily. I'm not a Straussian, but I am willing to hear an argument well presented on the behalf of those ideas. Ilium did so. Olympos does not. At the end of the day, the picture of the old-style humans regaining their humanity through agon and aristeia simply was not convincing.

And Simmons (like the Straussians in the academy) really needs to get over the fact that men in classical Greece had sex with each other. His shrillness on this was really jarring and distracting.

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