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Dolphin Island (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) by [Clarke, Arthur C.]
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Length: 160 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHHJG2E
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By Bill R. Moore on September 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dolphin Island is one of those solid, worthy Arthur C. Clarke books that has been out of print for many years and is now quite hard to find. This is a novel that Clarke wrote in the early 60's after spending a substantial amount of time around Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Clarke, as many are not aware, was, at least at one time, just as interested in diving and the sea as he was in space. Clearly fascinated by what he saw in his time around the reef, it inspired Clarke to write this novel, one of his very few targeted at young adults. As such, it lacks the poetic prose and philosophical and theological aspects that permeate Clarke's best novels. However, it is a very tight, well-written, and highly-enjoyable adventure romp. It is a very fast read, and you will be interested all the way through. Although it was intended as a book for young adults, Clarke being Clarke, this book is nevertheless packed full of interesting ideas and concepts. Clarke's speculations on dolphin intelligence and the many applications he dreams up for them are vivid and very believable. The descriptions of the Reef are also very poetic and sometimes beautifully rendered; however, as another reviewer pointed out, these sections tend to go on for too long and sometimes slow down the pace of the novel. Don't worry, though: it's nothing close to what he made it out to be. This is a very short novel to begin with, and these sections comprise the majority of only 3 or 4 chapters. Those more interested in the Reef and underwater exploration in general may find these sections more satisfying than I did. At any rate, this is a solid, action-packed adventure story that is a worthy read for any Clarke fan and recommended reading for younger science fiction lovers.
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I first read this book when I was in the 7th grade in 1967. It's one of the first books I remember holding my interest all the way through. As a young boy, I could relate to the protagonist and other characters in the book. It inspired me to continue reading. Today, I am a published author with two books and am working on a third one. I work as a newspaper editor. I have just ordered a copy so my grandson can read it. This is the book that planted the seed for me as to just how much fun reading could be. I highly recommend it.
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I first read this book somewhere around 1982, when I was about 11 years old. I picked it up because I liked the cover but once I was reading it, it had my full attention.

It sucked me into this slightly futuristic world and I felt a strong affinity with the main character, a kid about my age that had no family and stowed away on a hover ship that had made an emergency stop near his house. When the ship goes down somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean, his new life begins.

That imagery of the solitude - alone on the vast ocean at night, the blinking satellite somewhere in orbit above tracking slowly across the star filled sky...the imagery has stayed with me my whole life. I often think of such powerful descriptions from the book when I am far from the city on a serene night.

It is a powerful story, evocative and a perfect adventure for a young reader.
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By SCL on September 18, 2013
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I gave this book four stars not because you'll be hanging on the edge of your seat but because the subject and story is so refreshingly unique. It's these kinds of books that cleanse the mental palette.
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A Kid's Review on December 18, 2002
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Dolphin Island-A Story of the People of the Sea is a wonderful book! This futuristic tale seems like a reality, and the characters have vived personalities. You are drawn into the story. The ending leaves you yearning to read more! It's a Must Read!
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I remember this as being one of the best books I read when I was in Junior High. I needed to find something to read out loud to my husband, as we wait in traffic because of road construction, for several hours each day going to and coming home from work. The book is even better than I remember it being! The writing in this book is lyrical. The beauty of the ocean and the island where this book is set come through consistently. Even though this is a book intended for adolescents, Arthur C. Clarke obviously put his all into writing this. The adventure and friendship aspects, together with the beautiful setting, make this an amazingly good story.
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This was one of the few Clarke books I had never heard of. It's not as outstanding as a lot of his other books but it's a good solid work of the time. It's a young adult story and as noted in other reviews it is not as in depth from an emotional standpoint as his other works. It's an entertaining work and a quick read and a must for any Clarke fan.
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I absolutely enjoyed this book. First of all - Arthur C. Clarke is the author, need I say more to sci-fi fans?
The protagonist in this story is a young lad, and the author brings him masterfully and interestingly through a time in the future, through times when he has to step up and be brave, and other times when he is just a boy and appreciates the new-found ability to trust adults around him at times.

The book flows well and reads quickly and is packed with everything I enjoy most in science fiction books. Anyone who already loves Arthur C. Clarke, will enjoy this book!!
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