- Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd); First Printing edition (Mar. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553095366
- ISBN-13: 978-0553095364
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Rama Revealed/the Ultimate Encounter Hardcover – Mar 1994
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The problem was with the story.
I wont go in to details and spoil it for anyone wishing to read it. Indeed it was well written and to be fair fairly compelling. And as a story stands up well enough alone. In fact I'm tempted to say that that could be one of the causes of the problem. Perhaps in an effort to make the story good enough to be a stand alone. story and not just the concluding saga in the trilogy it doesn't satisfactorily conclude the trilogy. - At least for me.
Perhaps another contributing factor to it's problem is that it is written by two people ( the same two who wrote the first two volumes) and that given that the core of this story is so different from the first volume could it be that one writer did more of the first and the other more of this one (and incidentally volume two in the series which I also found to be less enchanting than the first but not less so than this volume).
The first volume was more detailed and descriptive of the THE EVENT of all time in terms of human history and sense of sci fi and wonder and awe and mystery were well and truly set, leaving me agog awaiting the answers.
Volume two sustained that need to know and branched more in to the lives of the protagonists and other 'struggles' setting the scene for the by then known about third volume that will answer it all. To be fair, some of the concepts and imagery conjured up in this volume could only have come from Mr Clarke's mind and those parts were great. the 'back story' however took over in places and didn't just wander, but took a route march, through almost Cartland-esque territory.Read more ›
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This is the sort of reading that makes you think longingly of scrubbing the bathtub grout with bleach and a baby toothbrush. I look at my stack of Rama books as I would five empty Pringle's cans - with a combination of nausea and self loathing.
Clark should be spanked, Lee caned, and the publisher fined.
No matter how much you loved previous Rama books, you don't want to read this. Re-read the first book or two and make up your own ending. Anything you can construct will be better than this.