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STODGY, DULL START BUT WORTH STICKING WITH TO THE END,
By A Customer
This review is from: Garden Of Rama (Paperback)
It's often said of certain authors that they could write a shopping list and still get an advance of £100K for it. I must say this is not Mr. Clarke at his best and certainly this third instalment of the "Rama" series is no where near as good as the first book - however, it's still head and shoulders above "Rama II". The begining of this story of three marooned astronauts on an alien craft heading out of the solar system is slow, plodding and singularly without any excitement (plot or science wise) at all. Those less than avid Clarke readers will probably be very tempted to give up before the book finally starts to move in the middle to end section of the novel when the writing and plot development certainly move back towards what you would expect from on the best SF writers of the 20th century. This is not a book to read as a "stand alone" novel and in some places a working knowledge of it's predecessors is essential, however, it is still worth the effort to wade through the shakey start. Overall a passable effort by messrs. Clarke & Lee but one cannot help thinking that this books primary purpose is only as a foretaster of the real meat in the last book in the series "Rama revealed" and is not designed to be a story in itself.
Not bad but could have been shortened by about 100 pages without significant loss to the reader.