Hyperion, Sacrifice, and Abraham’s Dilemma

In Dan Simmon’s novels, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion, Sol Weintraub dreams that a voice tells him to sacrifice “your daughter, your only daughter Rachel whom you love”. As a Jewish ethics professor, he questions the morality of sacrifice and any god who would ask for it, whether in his case or in the story of Abraham and Isaac. While he raises typical objections, the events of the story change his perspective, giving us insight into sacrifice and the purposes of God.

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Why Peeves?

Let’s face it, as good as JK is, Peeves just isn’t that funny. If he had been in the movies, he might have stirred up a Jar Jar level of hatred, though that’s a tall order. So why include him in the books? On the surface it seems like comic relief, but all the scenes with Peeves essentially recycle the same jokes over and over and over and over for seven books.
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