Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

Synopsis2001: A Space Odyssey shocked, amazed, and delighted millions in the late 1960s. An instant book and movie classic, its fame has grown over the years. Yet along with the almost universal acclaim, a host of questions has grown more insistent through the years, for example: who or what transformed Dave Bowman into the Star-Child? What alien purpose lay behind the monoliths on the Moon and out in space? What could drive HAL to kill the crew? Now all those questions and many more have been answered, in this stunning sequel to the international bestseller. Cosmic in sweep, eloquent in its depiction of Man's place in the Universe, and filled with the romance of space, this novel is a monumental achievement and a must-read for Arthur C. Clarke fans old and new.(from the online description)

Review: I enjoyed this more than the first. I felt it had more action and more diaglgue. I liked how the action was the tension amoung the crew, the danger of space and not the alien-explosion-OMG-WE-GONNA-DIE type that so often gets dumped into books. Clarke's work is a subtle, slower varity. He explores human interactions with each other and the enviroment, the heart and mind and universe. All in all, it's a story that sticks with you. 

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None 

ISBN:  978-0345413970

Date Finished: 4-28-2014
Pages: 320 

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