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Book 2, Rama II [School & Library Binding]

Arthur Charles Clarke , Gentry Lee
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Oct 1999
This sequel to a bestselling novel sees a second Raman spaceship arriving in the Solar System. "Rendezvous With Rama", the only science fiction novel ever to receive all of the major awards, is by the author of "2001: A Space Odyssey", who here collaborates with a screenwriter and space scientist.
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  • School & Library Binding: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785773428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785773429
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,528,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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Arthur C. Clarke is awesomely informed about physics and astronomy, and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations... (New York TIMES)

For many readers Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction (The ENCYCLOPEDIA of Science Fiction) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The enthralling sequel to RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sadly disappointing 14 Nov 2005
The presence of a second author is evident from page one. It seems that Gentry Lee is actually the dominant author here, as Clarke's familiar style is barely discernable. The contrast between Rendevous and II is stark and uncomfortable. The former book being at the pinnacle of Sci-Fi literature, the latter being a less-than-average pulp novel and certainly not what you would expect from a giant of the genre.
The plodding and laboured descriptions of the most mundane and irrelevant elements make for frustrating reading if you've been hooked into the mystery and pacing of Rendevous. Background information that Clarke could condense effectively into a single line in Rendevous seem here to be painfully spread out over half a page or more at times.
It is saddening to see what I consider one of the best sci-fi novels of all time have its legacy soured by this and the following series of weak books. I would rather have never known Rama's secrets at all than have them delivered like this.
In fact, if Clarke still has it in him, I'd love to see him write just one Rendevous-sized follow-up that replaces the Gentry Lee sequels and reinstates the mystery and suspense for future generations to enjoy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Sci-Fi? 8 Oct 2004
By Karl
I'm a huge Clarke fan, but the problem with the novelist is that he skips so frequently between the absolute pinacle of science fiction (2001, Rendevous with Rama) to the lowest soap opera drivel (3001 for example.
I read the first Rama and was gripped by the fasinating scenario; the exploration and wonder of the Rama craft was original and exciting. The book mixed the greatest of sci-fi and great action and was an excellent read -- Rama II is none of these things.
What was Clarke thinking? I agree with him that the characters needed fleshing out, but not put in place of the science. We learn almost nothing new about Rama or its inhabitants. The few creatures we do meet are ridiculously simplistic and can be found in any cheap hollywood flick. The narrative is rambling to the extreme; at one point one of the characters has to enter a 50 digit code, but instead of getting on with the story Clarke rambles on for two pages and descibes to us how the character came to decided on each digit of the code! Ridiculous!
The story goes in depth into a possible conspiracy within the crew; we get chapters and chapters of clues and hints as to who is the culprit and then the story ends...nothing! We never even find out if there is a conspiracy!
Arthur's trademark desciptions of the space voyages are missing here. One minute you are at a party and you litterally turn the page and they are at the space ship. What happened?!
In conclusion, this -- if it were by another author -- could be considered okay; but as this is one of he greatest sci-fi writers even, this novel is pure drivel. If you liked the original, don't ruin it by buying this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge let down 2 Feb 2008
Rendezvous With Rama is by far one of Arthur C. Clarke's most intesting novels. It's concepts: The broomstick,Simps, Moon cycle, Space drive, biots To name but a few, are well though out/reseached. These complimented by a well paced plot and worthwile charicters who are not over developed for the sake of filling pages. The attention to detail was exelent, with great care taken to realy thinkout the physics involved. the ending is superb and leaves you desperate for more.

It is therefore unfortunate that Rama II is a soap opera about a group of supremly boring charicters whos tedious backstories fill most of the book. The concepts from the first book are rehased (badly) and new ones are feeble at best (the miniture robots are paticualy bad).

To conclude the Ramans may have done everything in 3's But the novelists should have stuck to one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear 26 July 2008
I read this book with high hopes based on the not inprobable notion that any follow up to the orignal Rama book which included Clarke as co-author was sure to be good. But sadly it's not. It comes across as not his work but some amateurish rehash of the first with nothing new revealed, a huge amount of padding in the form of character back-stories which are cliched and dull, no suspense and nothing new revealed. I can but assume, and hope, that Clarke merely rubberstamped this lame effort and put little into it. It is dull and utterly without merit. I never thought i could say that about a book with Arhur C Clarke on the front.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and slow follow up 15 Jan 2003
I thought that Rendevous with Rama is one of the best science fiction books of all time. It was mysterious and magical in Arthur C Clarkes great readable style. However I was very disappointed with this follow up.
This was my first book written by both Clarke and Lee and my first impression was that this book was much thicker than RwR. I was quietly shocked to see that Clarkes wonderfuly recongnisable prose style was largely absent. It seems to be watered down by the presence of the other author. I found this book to be a trudge, especially the very slow first half. It is concerned with the characters and it takes nearly a third of the book until we actually get onto Rama at all. One common critism of science fiction is that the charcters are often shallow and poorly developed and this book seems to attempt to answer this. However I found it rather boring at times and was sometimes tempted to skip foward a few chapters to see if things got more interesting.
When the charcters eventually start exploring the new Rama spacecraft things get a little more interesting, but there are some silly details. The lifeforms they discover are sometimes unbelieveable. The disorganised actions of the characters suggest that they are not the super-intelligent group they are supposed to be.
I have now read all the Rama books and this one is the worst. I have read the whole series and found them all to be (except for the first book) a trudge at times, but something compelled me to finish them. I guess I wanted to see what happened and something kept me reading. This book is not awful but it doesn't read like other Arthur C Clarke books. The scientific prose with the uplifting sense of wonder is absent and it reads more like an average book at times. Disappointing but I still enjoyed bits of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice book
Published 1 month ago by mr a n macdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars but a good read.
Slow to get started, but a good read.
Published 2 months ago by MR A J HUGHES
2.0 out of 5 stars Apologies to 'Rendezvous with Rama'
A potentially good read spoiled by the flashbacks and nonsensical interpersonal relationships. Takes the the classic original and jumps on it with big boots. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Iain Catto
1.0 out of 5 stars Pulp trash from the worst sci-fi writer who ever wrote in English -...
The original Rama led me foolishly to reading the Rama sequels as a teenager where I suppose they fed my appetite for science fiction for science fiction's sake. Read more
Published 11 months ago by James
2.0 out of 5 stars Massively disappointing
Having recently read to the end of the Rama series I can safely say this book was by far the weakest entry. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AM
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely dire
Having enjoyed the original Rama book I was keen to see how the ideas had been carried forward in this sequel. I couldn't be more disappointed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Could cut about 250 pages; might then be OK
On the front of my edition there is only one quote "Clarke is the finest living writer of science fiction"- well ok so it's technically wrong Clarke being dead but it's also highly... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2012 by Beanson
3.0 out of 5 stars Laboured
It's fair to say the only reason I followed this book through to its conclusion was that I wanted to learn what we'd missed out on with the first book. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Mal Ross
1.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Fiction
After the masterpiece which is the original Rama, this book absolutely fails to impress. It is clear throughout that ACC did not write this book. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by A. Mortimer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...if your determined!
As mentioned in other reviews, the story is rather slow to begin with and can take some getting into, however, if you stick with it it soon becomes a great book. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Mr. L. T. Pratt
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