The sequel to 'Rendezvous with Rama'. As good as the first if not better.
I didn't know what to expect with the sequel to Rendezvous With Rama. With the first entry being phenomenal, I assumed it would be fantastic. It seems to me that there wasn't much plot planning past having Rama return to our solar system. Overall, it was a bloated narrative about the cosmonauts that go on the second Rama excursion. I'm sorry but when I buy a book called "Rama II" I'd like to read more about Rama than the humans going into Rama. The beauty of the first novel was its quick and enjoyable narrative style describing the Raman world and the exploration of it. It wasn't bogged down by too much back story about the characters. "Rama II" takes the exact opposite approach. Most of it is drama about the cosmonauts. The biggest and most egregious outcome of this work is the gutting of the wonder of Rama. The situations inside Rama in this entry are mostly over-the-top and feel like fiction. Clarke's style in Rendezvous made the pages come alive. You could almost see the scenes play out in your subconscious. This amazing writing style is lost completely in "Rama II". I have a feeling that Gentry Lee had something to do with this. Mr. Clarke should have stuck to his guns and not collaborated with Gentry Lee in this case. I'm not sure I'll be reading "Garden of Rama" anytime soon....Continua