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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: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,019,751 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By R Herbert on 14 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beanson on 20 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
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 misleading as the actual author of this book is this far less renowned Gentry Lee. It is also revealing that this quote is not in praise of this particular book and yet is the only quote on the cover!

This book is 90% a Mills and Boon potboilling soap-opera and 9% 1950s Flash Gordon type sci-fi. Only 1% I would suggest is worthy of Clarke and that is perhaps the sum total of his input.

To give an indication - we get to page 170 (a third part through the book) before we get to Rama. The preceding pages are all about the back story of very many unbeguiling characters- none of which is relevant to the scanty plot. It mostly reads like a boring supermarket `mum's-lit' paperback, you will want to skip through all of this.

The journey through space to Rama (distance from earth to Venus) takes less than half a page. The entry to Rama through the air-locks is barely adumbrated on another page. In other words everything you want a ACC novel to be about is excised and replaced with soap-opera type garbage. Why oh why did he team up with this TV producer cum wanabe trash-novelist?

It starts to grind forward more in the second half of the book where they explore New York a little but is still ham-strung by the drawn out murder conspiracy sub- plot (which is more like the entire plot of the book). This sub-plot is without tension - the perpetrator fully revealed early on in the book.

This perhaps is the main problem- lack of plot- There is nothing which drives the reader forward, nothing that holds you gripped.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ICB on 26 July 2008
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard W. Hargreaves on 2 Feb. 2008
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Mortimer on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
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. He wrote the storyboard then perhaps did a proof-read before publication, but I doubt he had much more involvement than that, despite what is claimed in the prologue.

The characters are uninspiring, and despite the massive amounts of time spent developing them, desperately clichéd. The scene opening chapter 31 where we find out that FS does all this out of some deep-rooted feminist anger, then she uses sex to influence a man who is cheating on his wife is disgustingly uninspired Mills & Boon type material. The sci-fi aspect is awful - there are just huge tranches where I couldn't help wondering if I was really meant to swallow the ease with which an important theme was dismissed or played down. Should we really believe that on a mission like this, the cosmonauts are not vetted much more closely than they are? Should we really believe there would be room for 2 journalists (untrained in any useful skills) on a crew of only 12 for such a mission? Should we really believe that the ship is effectively autonomous from any type of mission control?

To be honest I only got as far as chapter 31 (half way to the full count of 62) before finally throwing it down in a fit of annoyance piqued by the scene mentioned above. It is very rare for me not to finish a book once I've started with it. So I read the plot summary on Wiki instead, at least that bit is probably fairly true to how ACC saw the story developing, with much less of the dross.

Save your time and money, this is rotten.
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