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Rama Revealed/the Ultimate Encounter Hardcover – Mar 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • 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)

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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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Format: Hardcover
no problems at all with the retailer, price, packaging, delivery, physical quality of the book etc, all fine, so will use the supplier again.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The whole RAMA series is a masterpiece! I do not think that each book should really be rated separately, except maybe for the first one, which was like a prelude, or the basic raw idea, on which the other 3 epic masterpieces were built upon. But in any case, the ideas go beyond plain science fiction, they deal a lot with psychology, the human nature, the main characteristics of our civilization and so on.. I was more than happy to discover that the amalgam of Clarke and Lee was an extremely successful one (Clarke himself had doubts regarding the success of this project). It is an extremely intelligent, well written and carefully presented novel/series and I definitely recommend it to everybody - not only to SF readers!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8fe13930) out of 5 stars 230 reviews
80 of 94 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff4c21c) out of 5 stars Boredom, Enforced 26 Jan. 2005
By R. Bryan Harrison - Published on
Format: Paperback
Shallow, one-dimensional characters, an artifically convoluted plot that never satisfactorily resolves, and bombastic writing of the sort best edited with a shredder. What more could one ask for? Why, sententious spiritual pretensions, of course!

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.
37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90676138) out of 5 stars And the first book was so promising . . . 23 Oct. 2001
By Phil Urich - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading the first book (Rendevous with Rama) I was looking forward to finding out all the answers to the questions raised. What I discovered was that in some cases, it is better not to know. The three books where Arthur C. Clarke collaborated with Gentry Lee just got worse and worse as I went through them, but the concept of Rama is so good that I'll still give 2 stars to this book. The Rendevous was a classic science fiction novel, but the ending of this book is hardly science fiction at all. Please, I beg anyone out there, read the first book and keep it at that! It's much, much better that way . . .
75 of 90 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90565390) out of 5 stars Possibly the worst conclusion to a SF series ever 8 Jan. 2005
By J. Minatel - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't think of another series that started with so much promise and ended as such a dud. It's a shame that Arthur C. Clarke allowed his name to be attached to this. Clearly this Gentry Lee co-author person carried the bulk of the writing on this installment and it just wasn't up to Clarke's caliber. The plot, the premise, the writing, the "I can't think of any real answer to all of the Rama questions so I'll just wave my hands and make up some religious mysticism" - what a dud.

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.
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff49e04) out of 5 stars Should have stopped at Rendezvous 10 Dec. 2006
By Dullhead - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading other excellent works by Arthur Clarke, Rama Revealed is such a disappointment. Rendezvous with Rama was such an excellent book, and Rama II was not all bad either. Garden of Rama and this last one in the series can only be considered progressive deteriorations. Where Rendezvous was a page turner, I endured this book so I could get to the end. Too many pages spent on inane sub-plots and not enough on the overall story. After reading Rendezvous and then the rest, I came away with the feeling that only the first one bears Clarke's stamp.
47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff49be8) out of 5 stars Is there less then 1 star? 20 Jun. 2006
By Mike D - Published on
Format: Paperback
I shan't repeat what has been said so viscerally before. Book one was a good and original book, not exceptional but very good; book two was not in the same vein filled with vapid, whiney and totally unappealing characters. Book three was an extension into absurdity of book two, and book four, well I have run out of adjectives to describe it. If I want to abase myself in the lives of self-centered brats with no redeeming qualities (for good or evil) I'll watch some reality tv. After re-reading all the books in the series I'm keeping book one and the rest go into the trash, I won't burden Goodwill with them. Save your money, you'd be better off spending it on toe nail clippers.
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