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The worst of the four, but on its own still a great read
on 7 February 2017
There's nothing worse than a review that spoils the book, so I'm going to attempt to write this without giving anything away.
Ok, so without a doubt this book is by far the worst in the Odyssey series. However because this is Clarke we are talking about, that means that it is still pretty good! I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes the preceding two books and want to complete the series. Whether you actually NEED to read it before 3001 is open for debate, however it does set up certain aspects of the story which role into 3001 so I suppose read on if you want that added depth. My main criticism, and I suspect that this is why some other reviews are less than keen is that while 2001 and 2010 have this great overarching cosmic mystery about the obelisks and their creators 2061 is much more closer to home and the comparatively more mundane personal relationships and crises of those within our solar system. So temper your expectations but if you enjoyed the series so far it is certainly a nice read before the excellent finale.