Akinoktilar arma He was knighted by the british monarchy and is the only science fiction writer to be nominated for the nobel peace prize. Klark artur li dzentri rama ii clarke arthurlee gentry rama ii, Their mission is complicated, however, by the secret agendas of some of the team members, not to mention the mysterious purpose behind the artifact itself. For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. The first edition of this novel was published in june 28thand was written by arthur c. ClarkeSir Arthur C.

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Two stars. Thats a really low rating for me. Normally, if I really dont like a book, I just move on with my life. But this one had elements that hit close to home for me. Sorry, I realize that I was just speaking Midwestern Understatement. What I meant to say was that this book is a tangible manifestation of my nightmares. Is this an awful book? Did I enjoy it? It frustrated me from the first page. More than that, even. This book made me angry. But is it a bad book in itself?

To explain this strange situation and to talk about the danger of sequels. This sequel was written more than 15 years later in collaboration with a different author: Gentry Lee. Enormous stylistic shift from the first book. This book was much longer more than twice as long and much more descriptive than the first book.

The structure itself was much more meandering, and non-linear. Huge shift in tone. In the first book, Clark tells a story of humanity coming together and working against incredible odds to investigate a mystery.

And by extension, improve the sum total of human knowledge. The story was optimistic and full of heroes. There are a few people that stand up to them… but that leads to an entirely different kind of story. The other huge change in character deals with the cleverness of the characters. In the first book, the characters are really clever. When investigating the alien ship, the Astronauts move with great deliberation and forethought.

They treat the alien ship with reverence, and are careful… well… not to be total dickbags when interacting with the ship. For example, when investigating the ship, they talk about cutting through walls so they can see the inner working of the ship or the contents of some of the structures…. Huge focal shift from the first book.

The first book of the series was focused primarily on the ship itself. There were was some backstory to the world, and there was some information on the characters, too. But all of that was in service to the center of the story, which was about the aliens and the mystery of their ship. The sequel focuses on the characters themselves. There are twice as many, and nearly every character is a POV character at some point. And they all have backstories. And flashbacks. And ulterior motives that have nothing to do with unraveling the mystery of the ship.

Character stuff is my bread and butter. I started reading this book for answers to the mysteries that were brought up in the first book. But honestly? It turns out Clarke wrote Rendezvous with Rama as a stand-alone novel. He mentioned this in his introduction. And when I read that piece of information, my initial reaction was genuine anger and disgust. As the opening to a three-part series that slowly unravels mysteries about a spaceship s and the alien race that created it, Rendezvous with Rama was a great book.

But as a stand alone novel it has all the appeal of half a hand job. By a dumpster behind gas station. Now this might seem a little harsh. The main difference is that the latter story is utter bullshit. This is what I mean when I said this book disappointed me from before the first page.

What I found out in the introduction to this book actually made revise my opinion of the previous book, and lose respect for Clarke as an author.

And that is a betrayal of trust. It actually makes me want to go back in and change my rating of the book here on goodreads. And I may. This is also what I was referring to when I mentioned that this book is my worst nightmare.

It can retroactively ruin a book you had previously enjoyed. And yeah. I actually bought the third book of the series. But I feel ill-used by Clarke. And there are many other books to read

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