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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb sequel
To say that this book misses the mark would be Scandalous. It is true that it is slow moving on the first few pages and some time is spent on describing the background information which can be provided using, as Clarke does, a second author who is interested in the details of any given situation. However, the book has an amazing strenghth mixing the two styles as it...
Published on 7 Nov. 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars sadly disappointing
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars ruining a great concept for commercial gain, 6 Jun. 2011
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rob crawford "Rob Crawford" (Balmette Talloires, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rama II (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
It is sad that Clarke is cashing in on the wonderful, self-contained creations that were his and only his. Now he has a co-author, whom I suspect does most of the work, and then tries to sell these knock-offs by the power of his name. In the process, he does much to ruin the original concepts.

This books brings Rama back, with the promise of explaining what was left the most pregnant mysery at the end of the first book. He did the same with the Space Odyssey series, though those eforts are far better because there is more of his mind in them. This book is not without merit: there are good characters in it, idealism is matched by an equally powerful cynicism, and the story is relatively fun. But there is no question that it lacks the spirit of the first tome. The mission goes awry this time, with interesting consequences and some potential for the later books.

Get it only if you can bear disappintment and yet must see where they will take it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Clarke's writing feels hampered by another author, 6 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: Rama II (Paperback)
'Rendevouz with Rama' (RwR) may very well be the most exciting and enjoyable book ever written by mr. Clarke, but Rama II does unfortunately not achieve this mark. Rama II is considerably more slow than RwR, it feels like someone pointed a finger at ACC, told him that he's books were too short (most of them are quite short, anyway), unloaded an author in his face and ordered him to write this sequel. Although enjoying to read, this book - compared with RwR - spends way too much time bla bla'ing about who is father to what child, why journalists are curious, how everyone is feeling right now; basically you sometime feel yourself reading a sitcom. The quality of ACC usually is his ability to write a finely tuned and chiseled story with all the content and excitement and without the fuzz. Writing together with Gentry Lee ruins this.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have left Rama alone, 12 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Rama II (Paperback)
While it must be said that this is a good book and a great story, it does not capture the same degree of wonder and mystery that made the first Rama so good. This is far more of a traditional sci fi novel, a blockbuster if you like, overall of far less substance than the original. It removes the greatness of the original by answering the questions that were not meant to be asnwered in order to make you think. If you want to read a great clarke-lee joint project, read 'cradle'.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb sequel, 7 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: Rama II (Paperback)
To say that this book misses the mark would be Scandalous. It is true that it is slow moving on the first few pages and some time is spent on describing the background information which can be provided using, as Clarke does, a second author who is interested in the details of any given situation. However, the book has an amazing strenghth mixing the two styles as it does and so the story is carried by this marvellous balance. It is gripping, revealing and appealling enticing the reader to continue the series but also answering many questions raised in the earlier novel. A fantastic read and a must for all Clarke fans.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rama II - a great read., 19 Mar. 2015
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I spotted this book while looking for more Sir Arthur C Clarke books, as I had just finished Rendezvous With Rama. This is the next story about Rama and it is a great read. I really enjoyed the book, as it goes into a lot more detail about what is going on in the second Rama, without being too much into the 'science' of Rama II. If you have never tried science fiction, you could do no better than to read any of Sir Arthur C Clarkes' books, as he is a real teller of tales and does not try and blind the reader with science. Go on, give him a go, you never know, you might want to read all of his books.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...if your determined!, 7 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Rama II (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
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. Granted it can be over descriptive but, for me, this was beneficial as I did sometimes have trouble picturing Rama when reading the first book. The overall story far outweighs the downfalls mentioned by other readers, with some great twists.
As for the authors creating creatures that are "unbelievable"....this is sci fi....was there complaint of unrealistic ideas in 2001 space odysee? Sci fi is meant to stretch the imagination!
Get it and stick with it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars but a good read., 4 Aug. 2014
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Slow to get started, but a good read.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good book but you need to have read the first one., 2 Dec. 1999
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This review is from: Rama II (Paperback)
The book starts of when a second space ship arrives, after rama, they call it rama II. the year is 2200 and when they arrive they find out that the ship is different to its pre-decessor. They spend time exploring, and there are a few trajic instaces and sinister goings on. As the book goes on you learn about the main character, Nicole. The book is gripping and well worth a read if you like science-fiction, and you have read the first one: RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA. It is a the second book in a series of four, written by Arthur C. Clarke, in my opinion the best science fiction writer in the world.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the best books I have ever read., 3 July 1999
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A mindblowing blend of suspense, intrigue and originality that will have you coming back for more... if this book was a car it would be a Rolls Royce not the Ford Transit van some would have you believe. An imaginative story which is well written and wonderfully descriptive. A recommended read which will compell you to read the sequels and discover the mysteries of Rama.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Sept. 2014
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nice book
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