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Rama Revealed Kindle Edition
Written by Clarke’s longtime collaborator Gentry Lee, Rama Revealed marks the climax of the compelling Rama series—in which humans finally encounter the advanced alien intelligences behind the vast and mysterious spaceships, and come to understand their true agenda.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Clarke is widely revered as one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, esteemed alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, a trio known informally as the “Big Three.” Before his death in 2008, he authored more than 100 novels, novellas, and short story collections and laid the groundwork for science fiction as we know it today. Combining scientific knowledge and visionary literary aptitude, Clarke’s work explored the implications of major scientific discoveries in astonishingly inventive and mystical settings.
Clarke’s short stories and novels have won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of his books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature.
Gentry Lee is a science fiction author and chief engineer for the Planetary Flight Systems Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is known for collaborating with Arthur C. Clarke on several sequels to Rendezvous With Rama, as well as with Carl Sagan on the Cosmos series.
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- ASIN : B00AHIBXB0
- Publisher : RosettaBooks (November 29, 2012)
- Publication date : November 29, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 827 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 535 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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- As with the other Gentry Lee co-authored books in this series, this read like two different works forced together like oil and water. This is not a science fiction book. Rather, it is pulp fiction with some superficial sci-fi tidbits sprinkled in.
- If didn't know better, I would have guessed that a high school sophomore penned the book using every cliche he learned in last semester's literature class.
- I continued to find Nicole and most of the other main characters annoying and unrelatable as they are presented as outlandish cartoon caricatures rather than realistic individuals.
- Much of the human plotline that was established in the preceding books is founded upon overwrought stereotypes of the characters' ethnic backgrounds. It's simply unbelievable, thus making it hard to embrace the continued plot "development" in this book.
- The one enjoyable area is that of the Octospiders and the detailed insight into their world. I would read a whole book just about the Octos.
- Most disappointing of all are the main "revelations" towards the end of the book. The concepts are interesting, though not all that original. And the treatment of these deep concepts is very rushed and superficial. All told, it was a rather unsatisfying ending. Which is a shame, as so much more could have been done with the story.
If I had to go back and do it all over again, I would have simply stopped with "Rendezvous With Rama" and ignored my OCD need to finish the whole series!
The book reads like it was written by two different people (as it actually was), each of them concentrating on different aspects of the plot. The first one deals with alien civilizations and human reactions to the contact. The second describes a bunch of personal stories and relationships. I enjoyed the parts dealing with aliens, the most fascinating being a society of octospiders. I also liked to read about isolated 2000 humans building their society on Rama. But I found most of the other human-oriented plots boring, repetitive and bordering on cheesy. The African and Japanese heritages of protagonists were brought up too often, reading for the 20-th time about Prince Henry made me almost gag and I would gladly omit all dreams of the main heroine. I was strongly tempted to just skip these parts but I was afraid I will miss something important to the main plot (I would not). So I plodded through them and was always eventually rewarded; the story switched to the other track and became interesting again. Except for the very ending that was dragging forever.
Bottom line: Science fiction parts were great; I will never forget octospiders (5 stars). The in between parts dealing with human personal relationships were just 3 stars. It makes 4 stars average.
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The first half of the book carries on directly from Garden of Rama and is very good, even excellent in parts. Like Garden it is reasonably well written and avoids the worst pitfalls of the series so far. In fact it manages to make a few amends for story elements that should have gotten better treatment in the previous books. Up to this point I was really quite impressed with the direction the story went, even if I didn't quite agree with it. Once again it does drag on too much in many places but it is mostly readable.
So, all that's left is to neatly wrap everything up with a satisfying conclusion. But, you'll know by the last chapters and pages that's not coming. You'll realise with increasing dread, having put so much into the series, that it's beginning to resemble Rama 2 again, with pages and pages of dialog and explanations but no feeling of progress. It grinds to a halt, it fizzles out, it gets bogged down....
I wanted to rate this 3 stars, maybe even 4, as the majority of it is really okay and quite good. But I can't get over the ending. It doesn't ruin it, because there's nothing to ruin. It's the sort of thing that has you wondering if there was a mistake made that spliced in part of a totally different book by accident. Or maybe there's a missing chapter that *really* explains everything.
The Rama series, with all it's highs and lows, deserved much better than this.