Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama - 7

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Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama - 7

Postby clong » Thu Dec 23, 2004 8:26 pm

<img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0553287893.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg" align="left"> Rendezvous with Rama /Rama /1

Rendezvous with Rama is a celebrated book, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards. It's definitely an interesting and thought provoking book, and a fairly quick read. But I can only give it a lukewarm endorsement.

It features a lot more description of puzzling alien structures than story. In fact you might say that Clarke's conception of Rama, a massive alien artifact that suddenly appears in our solar system, is the whole book. Don't expect much in terms of brilliant dialogue or finely drawn characterization. I found the early scenes of exploration to be quite compelling, but from the point that the encircling lake/sea/river turned green, the later discoveries and developments (things like the checkerboard field patterns from the southern half of Rama) seemed arbitrary and on some level pointless. And I thought the "paranoid-colonists-from-Mercury" subplot added nothing to the book.

Clarke leaves many unanswered questions, but I suppose that's a good reason to read the sequels.
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Postby Superenigmatix » Fri Dec 24, 2004 2:22 pm

I'd give it an 8 - but historically it probably deserves a 9 - sometimes you have to remember when these books were written and place them in that context, sci-fi has come a long way since then and it's used novels like this as stepping stones to get where it is today. Rendevous with Rama is a very important stepping stone.

As for the sequels....hhmmmmmmmmmmmm..... I really didn't like them much - they had a huge amount of filler - three books could have been two easily or better still one large one. I won't give anything away but they should have stuck to the main idea and dropped all the colonists infighting baloney.

His other collaboration with Gentry Lee 'Cradle' was much better.

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