Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke- 8/10
This is my second Arthur C. Clarke novel, and it's another great sci-fi story. Like Childhood's End, Rendezvous With Rama describes mankinds first contact with alien life. And like Childhood's End, Rama is short on character development but big on ideas. The theories and ideas in both books are pretty fantastic. That's where the similarities though, as Rama tells a very different story from Childhood's End. Rama's plot is pretty simple, it focuses on a colossal (literaly, I think it is described as being 17 or 18 kilometers long) and mysterious alien space craft dubbed Rama that is discovered flying through space, and mankinds efforts to make contact with it and explore it. To be honest, the plot never gets much more complicated that. That isn't to much of a problem however, since the novel's real focus is on the mystery and granduer of Rama. My only real gripe with the book was that it could get a bit slow at times, and the ending left more questions than answers (although in the context of the story the ending was appropiate). Still it's a great read, if you dig extremely realistic sci-fi.
wow, my longest review yet. Now if only I was a better writer...
Last edited by Kanti 3000; 31st July 2009 at 11:55 AM.