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DEEP RANGE vibrates with exciting adventures of the mysterious sea: a fight with a giant squid at 12,000 feet, a search for a great sea serpent, and a heroic rescue of a ...
DEEP RANGE vibrates with exciting adventures of the mysterious sea: a fight with a giant squid at 12,000 feet, a search for a great sea serpent, and a heroic rescue of a damaged submarine--all vividly and plausibly portrayed.
Posted November 17, 2005
Arthur C. Clarke is widely recognized as one of the Grandmasters of Science Fiction. Yet, during the last few months as I have read some of his older works, I have come to the conclusion that his success is derived mostly from the ideas he presents in his stories, and not from the stories themselves. Perhaps that is why Clarke's short fiction is by far more satisfying than most of his novels, since his ideas are delivered without any plot or character development mucking up the works. The Deep Range is about an ex-astronaut who is able to find peace working in Earth's seas. The plot then dissolves into merely a series of events strung together with loose ends left hanging everywhere. Characters are not developed in the least, which is a typical and valid criticism of Clarke. Clarke's prose is more readable and literate than most science-fiction authors, but it is quite dry at times, making reading a chore. I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone. There are many better alternatives available, by this author, and others.
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