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2061: Odyssey Three Paperback – February 25, 1997
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A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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Unfortunately, that did not happen, at least for me. (Note that just because one does not like something, does not mean the object in question is bad)
2061, has nothing new to offer to the series, and although we have a chance to take a look at what's going on in Europa, you could skip this book and wouldn't miss any vital information. As a matter of fact, at the end of the book I was so uninterested at the situation, that I no longer remember the ending.
If you, just like I used to, think that you need to read this book in order to understand 3001, just as you need to read 2010 to understand 2061 and 2001 to realise what's going on in 2010, the truth is that you don't have to.
Of course, someone out there might like this book, just like some of the reviews below show, so, give it a try, you might like it after all.
One thing I really love about Clarke's books, especially 2001 and 2010, is the description. 2061 didn't have much of that; there was a sense that we had already seen these things before so they didn't need to be described again.
The book wasn't all bad. The redeeming feature is the premise. In the beginning Dr. Heywood Floyd (who I was glad to see again) was on a ship that landed on Halley's comet, which was an interesting twist. I've never read a SF book about landing on Halley's comet before. In the meantime, another ship is hijacked and ends up stranded on Europa, a moon of Jupiter that mankind has been forbidden to land on. The ship that Floyd is on is sent to rescue the other ship. It was an intriguing plot line and more could have been done with it. As usual the characters are uninteresting, and there seem to have been more useless characters in this book than in most of Clarke's books.
I certainly wouldn't call this a must-read for anybody. It's a fast book to read and somewhat entertaining while it's being read, but I doubt I'll remember it very long.
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Clarke seems to be stretching out the story. He should have left more to our imagination. Otherwise probably a decent standalone story.Published 1 month ago by Frank J. Durante
Arthur C Clarke involves me so in his novels, that I actually feel like I'm right there. 2061 is no exception. I find it hard to put the book down.Published 1 month ago by Bjkopelman
I love the space odyssey series. I wish they would redo the movies and make them more like the books. However, of the four books, I'd have to say that 2061 is my least favorite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by matt turner
Very good but not quite up to the first two. Would have liked more about the rescue and the return to Ganymede.Published 2 months ago by James L Fleming
Very slow to develop, and with a lackluster climax. Rather dull, but hopefully serves as a bridge to the next installment? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Todd Nelson
Probably a great story when it was first released but in 2015, it's antiquated, severely out of date.Published 3 months ago by Michael J Grengs