was written nearly fifty years ago by Clarke with the then popular
science fiction theme of aliens coming to Earth, but Clarke adds his own magic
to this story. His enjoyable and fluid prose is evident, which makes Childhood's
still feel fresh today. The story makes two major plot twists each
of which would have brought about the conclusion for most books. I can't give
much story detail since that would spoil the story, just go read it for yourself.
I made the mistake of beginning to read Rendezvous
one night around 9 or 10 o'clock. I read for a couple
hours or so and attempted to sleep, but I couldn't. The story dragged me back.
I had to finish it, which I finally did around 3 o'clock or so that next morning.
I have read some entertaining books, but they all had slow parts that let me
break away. That wasn't the case with Rama
. The suspense was continuous
as each mystery was explained and a new mystery would replace it. Clarke's writing
style is lucid, fluid and full of vision. He is now credited with first coming
up with the concept of global satellite networks.
There have been three sequels to Rendezvous with Rama
co-wrote with another author, Gentry Lee. The first sequel, Rama
, had a decent story and continued the mystery of Rama, but I
found Lee's style diminished Clarke's prose. I continued on to the second sequel,
, but found Clarke's easy style all but gone and little mystery.
As a result, I was unable to bring myself to even read Rama
, which is the final sequel. I recommend reading the first
two books and to only continue if you like the style change of the sequel.
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