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Rendezvous with Rama (Rama Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    Redezvous With Rama

    'Redezvous with Rama' provided for me an excellent choice in science fiction literature. After reading many reviews from many different sites and locations I came to the conclusion that I needed to indulge myself in another one of Arthur C. Clarke's legendary writings. I won't bother to go into any details, as those are easily accessible elsewhere on the web, however I will state my opinion for this novel. It is one of joy, speculation, and cautionary delight. 'Rendezvous with Rama' provided a somewhat lengthy read, even though the page count would show otherwise. In different areas throughout the book I found myself not only confused, but bewildered at the extreme redundancy at which the novel plays itself through. There are times in which the story seems to come to a standstill, only to suddenly ignite with an unexpected twist (and that isn't necessarily a good thing). Many times I was left in the dark (no pun intended) during the course of the read. I would somehow fall behind in the events preceding my current position in the novel's furtherance. The development of the plot was lackluster, and it seemed to me that Clarke's vision slipped away as the pages continued to turn. The suspense encountered earlier in the novel was no longer as apprehensive as I would have thought it to be. Character development during the course of the novel, as it has been written before by other reviewers may seem equally as lacking, but I hold no grudge towards this. I was more inclined to pay closer attention to Rama itself, and not the invasive crew that had the fortunate opportunity to come before it. The ending, writ with careful precision by Clarke was just that, an ending. Fortunately for us who can't bear to leave questions unanswered additional volumes of this series are here for our indulgence. Although I would not agree with most reviewers or critics about the significance of this novel as a science fiction classic, I would still not hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone who wishes to stray themselves from conventional literature, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, drama, or any other conceivable variation between as a possible reference to future titles in the science fiction genre. A good deal of work has gone into the creation of this novel, and as though I feel it lacks what might be apparent to any other reader I still believe that its praise is worthy of any fondness it may happen to in the years to come. Above all, I would suggest that a strong adherence to this title be undertook after the initial turn of a page. I have yet to read any of the other works in this series as I have only just completed the first, however I do plan on reading the remaining three installations of the Rama series. I plan to write more reviews as each novel is concluded before me. I hope this review was helpful to those of you looking to purchase 'Rendezvous with Rama,' and once more I highly recommend this novel to those with a fresh frame-of-mind to bear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

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    Rendezvous With Rama is by far one of the greatest Si-Fi Books I

    Rendezvous With Rama is by far one of the greatest Si-Fi Books I've ever read. I've never have read a book written by Author C. Clarke before, but after reading this book I definitely know that I'm going to read several more of his works. The plot of this story is that in the distant future humans has expanded their reach across the solar system. One day, out of nowhere, a mysterious Space craft is discovered traveling towards our solar system. Mankind has sent a lone spaceship out to meet this strange ship, and explore what's inside. The idea of how humanity would react to a unknown spacecraft arriving in our solar system raised several key questions that may need to be asked by humans in the future. Would we destroy this ship before it got near us, or would we try to board it? Also seeing how humans would attempted to find explanations about a completely unknown civilization also presented some interesting question as well. Most of the story displays how the Endeavor crew explores this strange alien world. The descriptions Arthur used to help visualize the interior of Rama was a very enjoyable experience. I definitely loved the development of Commander Norton as he's faced with several moral challenged not faced by mankind before. There were several moments where Norton would need to make a difficult decision in a very limited amount of time, and reading about how Norton solved these problems was exciting. While I enjoyed most of the story there were a few problems I had with the book. For starters, besides Norton, the characters were very bland and straight forward. This isn't a huge problem since most of these characters only tend to only have one job in the story, but I would have enjoyed some development to happen to a few characters. There were also several moments in the book where the plot sort of stopped and then pick right back up with a plot twist and then shrink right back down again. While I'm fine with some slow points in a story, I start to become bored when it happens more than once. My final issue with the book is that it confused with how sudden some problems arose. There were a few moments where a had to look back a couple of pages to make sure I understood everything. Despite my complaints, I overall enjoyed this book. It was not only fun to read, but it was also insightful as well, and will keep the reader wanting more. I greatly recommend it to anyone who is a Si-Fi fan or is just looking for a fun book to read.

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  • Posted March 6, 2013

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    Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama" reads like a

    Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama" reads like a cross between his classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Jules Vernes' "Jouney to the Centre of the Earth". Mix some speculative science with the exploration of new worlds, and biological first-contact; toss in a sprinkle of mystery, and you have a solid, if not a bit flat, "Rendezvous with Rama".

    A massive object cruises into our Solar System, aiming generally toward the Sun. A space-faring mankind must deal with its examination, and face a future that will never be the same. Clarke deals with a range of his typical themes including xenophobia, politics at a solar system-level, religion that looks beyond terra firma, and humanity's first contact with extraterrestrials.

    The story is solid, the writing is clean. But in typical Clarke fashion, the characters a one-dimensional. 

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