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Arthur C. Clarke , Gentry Lee
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Nov. 3 1994
Years after the appearance in the solar system of the immense, deserted spaceship called Rama, a second craft arrived, destined to become home for a group of human colonists. But now the colony has become a brutal dictatorship, committing genocide against its peaceful alien neighbours.

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This final volume of the Rama tetralogy chronicles the end of the spaceship's intergalactic odyssey; a five-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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. This book went up. Some. Not much.
The crisis situation in the human colony on Rama has been mitigated (and the humans are pretty pathetic); everyone goes to sleep again for a long, long time; Nicole is reunited with family members she never thought she'd see again (and a rather weak reunion it is, too!); a final "segregation" is made between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" based on a strange, Raman determination which preaches free choice on the one hand -- and no taking of personal responsibility for behavior on the other; -- AND Rama is revealed for what ACTUALLY is.
Again, Clarke and Lee delve into theological suppositions in which, frankly, they demonstrate that they are WAAAY over their heads. This was a serious mistake.
Finally, Nicole makes some choices at the end of the book -- which I won't spoil in this review -- which, frankly, reveal her to be as selfish and shallow as most of the rest of the characters -- a real disappointment.
Why the 3rd star? Because it was better than "Garden" which received 2!
My suggestion? Read "Rendevouz" -- and skip the rest of the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A general disappointment Jan. 24 2002
I first read "Rendevous With Rama" when it first was published. I have to say that I still consider it to be the best science fiction novel that I have ever read. I ended up reading it in two days. It was very difficult to put down. Therefore it was with this in mind that I was ecstatic when I first saw the sequel "Rama II" on display at a bookstore. Although this installment was not up to the original I enjoyed it. When the "Garden of Rama" appeared I eagerly bought it as well. The first half of the book with the characters on their way toward and at "the node" was good but the second part with the storyline of the colony was terrible. I was so unimpressed that I didn't read until just now "Rama Revealed". This last novel was a complete bore. I read on and on trying to get a sense of what the authors were trying to say. Basically I only continued out of curiousity to find out who the Ramans were. Somehow I guessed by the incessant discussions of God in the storyline that this is who the Ramans would turn out to be. I was correct in this assumption. This ending was not very satisfying at all. Maybe I just don't get it but the concept of God, who is powerful enough to create a new universe, having to resort to sending out robot spacecraft to see how it all turns out is ridiculous. Arthur C. Clarke is my favorite author. I have read almost everything he has written and I don't believe that this book was primarily written by him. I think Gentry Lee had the lions share of input. In all fairness however I must temper my judgment with the fact that I can't separate any story about the Rama spacecraft from the first book "Rendevous With Rama". It left that much of an impression on me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I have ever read Jan. 23 2002
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, let's be realistic here. Dec 13 2001
By Magin
Will people please stop comparing this book to "Rendezvous with Rama"? Of COURSE the 3 sequels in this series aren't the original. Let's move past that.
When I read Rama II, I was disappointed in many ways, but pleased in others. ACC is fantastic at what he does, but character development isn't it. So I was happy to have characters with some sort of depth to them. Sadly, these characters seem to lose depth with time. (Aside: Why is it that middle-aged scifi authors always write about exotic women with French accents who just happen to be amazing in bed?)
As another reviewer noted, the "revelation" of Rama was a bit of a cop-out. That's okay, because I'd known for years that ACC and Gentry Lee had painted themselves into a corner with the Ramans. Nobody could have pulled off a genuine revelation of the Ramans. Really, disappointing though it was, a cop-out was the best way they could have handled the revelation.
So, if the characters were terrible and the plot disappointing, why 3 stars? Simply because it was a valiant attempt, as was the entire series. ACC never intended to write a sequel to "Rendezvous," and the book on its own did not deserve one. He presented us with a mystery of stupendous magnitude, but nothing else. The sequels are worth reading simply because they attempt to put the mystery into HUMAN terms. We might not like or believe the characters, but it's good to see that they at least have names.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garden of Rama
The book arrive in good shape and was devoured as soon as the wrapings were off. I had read these books many years ago and my original copies had gone astray, was glad to have had... Read more
Published on June 1 2011 by sargontom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Even though the series had its weak spots and rough chapters, in the end it turned out to be and amazing conclusion to an epic adventure.
Published on June 29 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars bleh - mundane writing, boring & unbelievable characters,
oh the horrors of poor writing.
Plodding through "Rama Revealed" was a wate of my time and I won't be wasting any more on it. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by deleteme
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Strong Finish
The subject title refers to both this book itself and the series as a whole. The entire drama with Nicole grew and evolved to become one of the central foci of the book. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by Avid Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars space age soap opera
rendezvous with rama rocked big time. Gentry lee destroys the other three sequels... the storyline becomes progressively worse . Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2003 by "jayswami"
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-Blowing Experience
Arthur C. Clarke is known as one of the most outstanding and awe-inspiring science fiction writers of all time, but this time he's really outdone himself. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh God!
One of the worst possible endings to a series, ironically which began with one of the best sci-fi stories Ive ever read(Rendezvous with Rama). Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by ly_cylph
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
These people writing the reviews above this one have not one bit of literary taste. I read this book first, and enjoyed it so much, that I read the other three. Read more
Published on May 6 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars think banal: utterly banal
I skimmed this just to see how they would explain the whole thing. Well, while I won't state it outright, just imagine the most boring, fallback explanation that falls into the... Read more
Published on May 6 2002 by Robert J. Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This book is just awful. I struggled through it to its stupid end, and I regret the moments of my life that I wasted. Read more
Published on April 29 2002
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