Why this book?
Who can forget the Shrike? So treacherous. So invincible. I lost sleep waking up from nightmares about the Shrike. An absolutely unforgettable character, yet never even spoke a word of dialogue. And virtually all of the many other intriguing characters are tied to the Shrike in some fascinating way. I was particularly enamored with Martin Selinus, the poet of Hyperion, author of The Dying Earth, which sold over 2.5 billion copies. But I will never forget the Consul (far more than a government official), Brawne Lamia (the detective), Sol Weintrob (the scholar), Kassad (the soldier), Johnny Keats (the fusion cybrid), Father Hoyt (the priest), the mysterious Moneta, and more! Hyperion is built on the backs of its characters. A book that remains solidly placed in my mind.