The Scholar's Tale was incredible. It was probably the most thoughtful of the four tales I've read so far. Sol Weintraub is a professor who's pilgrimmage (like the other pilgrims) is deeply personal. To me, it has been the most emotional of the tales thus far.
I like that the tales are all so distinct from one another. I think Dan Simmons is definitely a gifted writer.
I purposely don't write too much about the book in case anyone who reads this ever decides to pick up the book and give it a go. I don't want to give away too many details and ruin the story for anyone. I will say that of the few science fiction books I've read, this is probably the best one. I am thankful that I asked a man in Barnes and Noble what authors he liked because this was his suggestion. The book has been unbelievably good so far and really thoughtful as well.