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Product Details

  • Series: Bantam Spectra Book
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553569473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553569476
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This final volume of the Rama tetralogy chronicles the end of the spaceship's intergalactic odyssey; a five-week PW bestseller.
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Arthur C. Clarke is awesomely informed about physics and astronomy, and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered in print NEW YORK TIMES For many readers Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION Arthur C. Clarke is one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age ... The colossus of science fiction NEW YORKER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After the pathetic ending of "Garden of Rama" there really was nowhere to go but up.
David Zampino
Having read the 2nd and third books in the series, I do think this was better than those, but absolutely none holds a candle to the first.
N. Stepro
As in most Arthur C. Clarke Novels you can't beat it for everything wonderful in Science Fiction.
Skip Gibson

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Phil Urich on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading the first book (Rendevous with Rama) I was looking forward to finding out all the answers to the questions raised. What I discovered was that in some cases, it is better not to know. The three books where Arthur C. Clarke collaborated with Gentry Lee just got worse and worse as I went through them, but the concept of Rama is so good that I'll still give 2 stars to this book. The Rendevous was a classic science fiction novel, but the ending of this book is hardly science fiction at all. Please, I beg anyone out there, read the first book and keep it at that! It's much, much better that way . . .
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By R. Bryan Harrison on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Shallow, one-dimensional characters, an artifically convoluted plot that never satisfactorily resolves, and bombastic writing of the sort best edited with a shredder. What more could one ask for? Why, sententious spiritual pretensions, of course!

This is the sort of reading that makes you think longingly of scrubbing the bathtub grout with bleach and a baby toothbrush. I look at my stack of Rama books as I would five empty Pringle's cans - with a combination of nausea and self loathing.

Clark should be spanked, Lee caned, and the publisher fined.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DMDW on January 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I won't enumerate the specific problems with this book, partly because I know I couldn't possibly provide an exhaustive list in the modest space available, and partly because most of the major crimes have already been mentioned in other reviews.
I will restrict myself to commenting that this book is so bad that I actually stopped reading it ten pages from the end - a first for me! Furthermore it is only my love of books that prevented me from ceremoniously burning this (along with its turgid previous two installments) - it now resides disrespectfully in the garage gathering dust, waiting for someone to throw it out in an absent-minded moment (I can't even give it to the charity shops, as how could I offer this for someone else's torture in conscience?)
I would make the following recommendations:
- read other Arthur C Clarks books - they are excellent
- if you want complex "other-cultures" along with genuine character development, read Iain M Banks
- never never buy any Gentry Lee books. (How he managed to dupe ACC into a partnership would make a better novel than any he could ever dream up)
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66 of 80 people found the following review helpful By J. Minatel VINE VOICE on January 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I can't think of another series that started with so much promise and ended as such a dud. It's a shame that Arthur C. Clarke allowed his name to be attached to this. Clearly this Gentry Lee co-author person carried the bulk of the writing on this installment and it just wasn't up to Clarke's caliber. The plot, the premise, the writing, the "I can't think of any real answer to all of the Rama questions so I'll just wave my hands and make up some religious mysticism" - what a dud.

No matter how much you loved previous Rama books, you don't want to read this. Re-read the first book or two and make up your own ending. Anything you can construct will be better than this.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mike D on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I shan't repeat what has been said so viscerally before. Book one was a good and original book, not exceptional but very good; book two was not in the same vein filled with vapid, whiney and totally unappealing characters. Book three was an extension into absurdity of book two, and book four, well I have run out of adjectives to describe it. If I want to abase myself in the lives of self-centered brats with no redeeming qualities (for good or evil) I'll watch some reality tv. After re-reading all the books in the series I'm keeping book one and the rest go into the trash, I won't burden Goodwill with them. Save your money, you'd be better off spending it on toe nail clippers.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dullhead on December 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
After reading other excellent works by Arthur Clarke, Rama Revealed is such a disappointment. Rendezvous with Rama was such an excellent book, and Rama II was not all bad either. Garden of Rama and this last one in the series can only be considered progressive deteriorations. Where Rendezvous was a page turner, I endured this book so I could get to the end. Too many pages spent on inane sub-plots and not enough on the overall story. After reading Rendezvous and then the rest, I came away with the feeling that only the first one bears Clarke's stamp.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Disclaimer: I never finished this book. I read the original "Rendezvous with Rama" some years ago, and enjoyed it. Like Clarke's other novels, it was full of wonderfully imaginative ideas, speculation on the grand scale, and not much in the way of human characters. But the thin human characters were unimportant in comparison to Clarke's grand ideas.

The second, third and fourth books shift the focus increasingly from grand ideas to human narrative. The trouble is that neither Clarke nor his co-writer (ghost writer, I suspect) learned how to write effective human narration. The storytelling in the second through fourth books becomes increasingly sappy, maudlin and tedious, and the plot increasingly manipulative and silly, until we're left with nothing but pointless plot turns and endless "reunions" filled with hugs and tears and kisses and nothing even remotely interesting.

There is a point when the two central characters are brought into a domed city that, I'm not making this up, they jokingly refer to as the Emerald City (the reader needs no reminding at this point of how derivative and childish the story has become), and one of the characters becomes dizzy and overwhelmed by the riot of strange colors, shapes and creatures. I had a similar reaction, only it wasn't dizziness, it was better summed up by the phrase "give me a break." The authors have clearly realized that they've strung together too many "awe-inspiring" episodes by this point, so they feel they have to resort to even more bizarre (ridiculous) imagery to goad us into another reaction. It doesn't work.

This was around page 200. There is still another 400 pages to go.
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