I am extremelly amazed and fascinated to find such a forum exists.A very nice idea IMO,plenty of chatter and interaction between fans of the books.
I will not go into the usual "singing of praises" for the books,suffice to say,that the volume of readers,not only in the States but worldwide speaks for itself.
I found all about Simmons,when accidentally me eye dropped in a peculiar,orang-ish book on a screen,someday downtown Athens,entitled Ilium.Been hooked up ever since,devoured Olympos,sought out The Hyperion Cantos and am currently lost within the wonderful pages of Endymion.
Whilst I enjoy all of the books equally,excuse me if I am a bit biased regarding the Ilium and Olympus.
Many congratulations for these two and esp the first,they are truelly monumental,epic and another 1000 characterizations that I cannot post here.
It is thrilling to say the least to see the Iliad take another shape,another route,another mantle in front of me.
It is fascinating to see all those heroes of the past,being tranformed in your very eyes,to personify all the highest human emations.
Lastly,it is extremelly enjoyous to admire an interpetation not bound by the sheer limits of contemporary literature but vigorously re-telling a heroic tale with respect and interest.
Blessed be Dan Simmons for taking us all as co-passengers in your quest for Ithaca.