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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
Satisfying for Clarke readers
The Overlord ships may remind you of the ships from Independence Day or a few other movies that consist of aliens coming to Earth and stationing themselves over the major cities. But keep in mind, at the time it was written, none of these movies existed, making this book entirely original.
The book is split into three parts, the first and the last seem more exciting. It spans over a long period of time, more than 50 years, making character development a little rushed in its 240 pages. I like the quote on the back of the book, "will the Overlords spell the end of humankind...or the beginning." because that is really what Clarke tries to get readers to think about.
The book is a must-read for anyone who has enjoyed any of Clarke's other works, and hopefully a mind-expanding read for people who have not yet been exposed to any of Clarke's work.
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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
Not much there
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Posted October 28, 2006
'It's was a barbed tail!'
This is how the author of the original story ended 'The Guardian Angels'(original name).Who ever assumed the right to cut this story up and give it a new ending and another half book - quite frankly did not know what he was doing. Childhood's End is awful - the second part of the book has no resemblance to Arthur Clarke and his style. 'The Guardian Angels' was a wonderful tale and should not have been tampered with. I am surprised that Mr. Clarke has let this stand for so many years. For the sake of selling a few more books the original story was damaged beyond repair and the second half was worse than awful - it is dark and not at all hopeful and one feels betrayed by Mr. Clarke. Read this book - NO - don't waste your time. Read 'The Guardian Angels' YES - it is delightful and very well written.
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Posted November 11, 2000
It's a really boring book and put me completely to sleep. If you like tons of unnessecary detail and confusing character actions, this book is for you. But if you love understandable plots and characters you can 'live with', I suggest you turn away- quickly.
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