I just finished reading Hyperion. It's claimed to be one of the best sci-fi novels ever written but frankly I was disappointed by the ending. In a nutshell you read 6 short stories that 6 different people tell. The people are going on a pilgrimage to visit this god-like being called the Shrike. Only 1 of the people on the pilgrimage will live, but you don't know who.
The stories told were all pretty cool. Each had a unique twist in it that kept you interested. The stories also all tied together one way or another by the end of the book.
The BIG disappointment is that they never reached the Shrike! Ugh! So you have no idea which of them was killed, and which of them had their request granted. Unbelievable!
So now what? Do I have to read the Fall of Hyperion before I get to know? Man, the ending totally sucked.