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Garden of Rama (Rama #3)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  14,338 ratings  ·  192 reviews
In the spellbinding Arthur C. Clarke tradition, here is an exhilarating adventure into the hearts of both the Universe and mankind...

By the twenty-third century Earth has already had two encounters with massive, mysterious robotic spacecraft from beyond our solar system--the incontestable proof of an alien technology that far exceeds our own. Now three human cosmonauts are

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Published August 1st 1991 by Random House Audio (first published 1990)
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There's a scene towards the end of the sixth Harry Potter book where Harry and Dumbledore find a small basin of water with a much-needed magical item at the bottom of it. The water is cursed, though, and they can't simply reach in and grab the item, nor scoop out the water; the water has to be drunk in its totality before the item can be attained. And you just know that water's going to taste bad. Think the purified essence of a thousand Domino's pizzas and then multiply that by three. Yes, that ...more
This is where the Rama series ends for me. A lot of the Rama mystery is gone. Clarke appears to be completely absent in this one and Lee is just not cut out to fly solo.

The first quarter was interesting. There was still some focus on the Rama mystery. The rest of the book, however, is tedious and pointless as it focuses on the human society aboard Rama. Basically society breaks down and ridiculousness ensues.

This is not what I wanted in a Rama sequel. I wanted to learn more (but not too much) ab
Si Barron
Loved the first Rama novel; number 2 something of a disappointment- this one is a major let down. What I liked in the first 2 is the mystery and the sense of weird erieness; the inexplicable killings and the strange surreal architecture; also the loneliness and emptiness.

These elements do appear in the first half of this book- I loved the description of Nichole venturing ito the Avian lair and walking down miles of empty corridor before coming to a solitary door. Yup these bits make me tingled w
Stephen Shores
I don't really understand why this novel has to much negative feedback. It's true, the first third of the book does proceed rather slowly at times, but it has to in order to make sure that the entire story is set up, not only for this book, but for the books to come. If you jumped ship before finishing this novel, you shouldn't review the book. I think the main thing people don't like about the Rama series after the first book is all the human drama. Rendezvous with Rama is a good sci-fi novel, ...more
Greg Sidor
This is the third in the series and I've read them one after another. "The Garden of Rama" is by far the weakest entry. The first book focused on the mystery of the craft and its absent creators. "Rama II" followed another expedition that delved deeper into the craft. The third installment gets hung up on humans who aren't that interesting, and predictable themes that don't fit into a series about enigmatic aliens.

As strange as it sounds, "The Garden of Rama" needed less of a human element. Nico
Robert Devoe
When I read this novel as a teenager, I loved it, as I totally enthralled with the Rama series and the writings of Arthur C. Clarke in general.

As I read this book a second time as an adult, I realized that this book is really just lousy, and it was extremely evident that this was not in any part written by the master author Mr. Clarke, but instead was likely written entirely by Gentry Lee and signed off on by Mr. Clarke's agent for some quick cash.

This "Sci-Fi" novel is better suited for a dri
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Jim Razinha
Torn on this one...the story might have gotten three stars for being a relatively mindless read with fairly good flow, it was still mightily flawed. First, two men should not presume to write first person from a female perspective - even if one of those men claims to have bounced the story off of his wife; the first quarter of the book was in the form of diary entries of a carryover female character from Rama II...and reminded me of early sci-fi sexism. The second quarter was decent enough scien ...more
Ed Tinkertoy
This is part three of the series and my second time reading it. Again, I just didn't remember things the way the book presents them. In this book the family has reached the Node, been informed by the aliens that they are to be studies as are all other species the aliens can find anywhere in the universe.

Meanwhile, the family has expanded to 5 kids. They are then informed that they can all leave the Node to go back to their solar system except two must remain at the Node. The oldest person agree
So, this is the third book in a series of at least four, possibly more. I don't know though; my mom handed me this one thinking I'd like it. So I jumped in without really knowing anything that happened before the story started. It added a mystery piece to it, which was pretty cool. And they give enough information throughout that I could guess what was going on, and even get those kind of questions answered. I think they even did it in a way that the information would not have been redundant had ...more
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As with Clarke's other books, I found this to be a serious page turner and got through it in a handful of sittings. He keeps the Rama mystery interesting even if events are a little bit predictable. What Clarke and Lee do wrong here is stuff the book up with flashbacks to flesh out main characters. The authors should have relied more on pages of action and dialogue, which they do better but which frequently seemed abridged.

My other gripe, and this is a complaint about the series generally, is t
Sooo, disappointing. Enjoyed reading about the parts about Rama, totally disliked the whole human parts of it and specially towards the end. (view spoiler) ...more
Ya que hay que valorarlo en una escala sobre 5 se queda en un tres, pero bastante más próximo a un 4 que el anterior. En mi opinión, mejor narrado, con conflictos mejor planteados, y más interesante en general.
Heavens to Murgatroyd and back again! Shamelessly inventive and enjoyable. Less mysterious than Rendezvous with Rama, less confined than Rama II, a grand, grand adventure. Little leggies, I'll miss you.
Joris Vankerschaver
While I loved Rendezvous with Rama and Rama II, I simply could not get through this book. The writing is wooden (the Dutchman is "dour", wines are so good that "they could have passed the inspection of all but the most learned oenologists", ...), and the plot is at the same time tedious and far fetched. This must be a first, but even the acknowledgements section managed to annoy me with its pompous declaration "The novel deals in considerable detail with women, especially the way they feel and t ...more
This is the third book in Clarke's Rama series, and the second one written in collaboration with Gentry Lee. It picks up more or less where Rama II leaves off, and I think because it's a continuation of a story, it's easier to get into that the former was.
In this book, we learn a bit more about the purpose of Rama. We meet some strange new characters, lose track of a couple characters, and encounter a rather depressing plot development and commentary on human nature. I'll try not to spoil anythi
Христо Блажев
Вторият том на “Рама” превръща фантастичната сага във фамилна драма
”Градината на Рама” проследява приключенията на тримата космонавти, които бяха “отвлечени” от втория космически кораб, който напуска Слънчевата система веднага след безуспешния опит на земляните да го унищожат с ядрен удар. Напускайки орбитата на нашата звезда, “Рама II” се устремява към новата си дестинация, а земляните трябва да намерят начин да се устроят в една странна, враждебна среда.
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Looking much forward to read its following book.
This book gave me thoughts (once again) to ponder about the human situation towards itself and its attitude towards other species. Gave me the shudders!!
At another instance, it also pointed out about the pleasures (and possible rewards) of experiencing things anew.
A Fantastic Book, in a Fantastic Series! :) :)
Arthur C. Clarke's body of work exhibits an arc of development from starry-eyed optimism regarding the human condition to pessimistic skepticism. "The Garden of Rama" was seemingly written just beyond the cusp. This is a novel that's all over the map, but this is not meant by means of criticism. Indeed, based on the first half of this novel, there would be little or no way of predicting the twists and turns which lead to its conclusion. Generally speaking, the first half focuses more on the scie ...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Il libro riprende la storia nove mesi dopo la fine diRama II, seguendo la storia di tre astronauti dall'espedizione diRama IIche rimangono intrappolati a bordo della gigantescaastronave generazionalealiena, di forma cilindrica kilometrica, che Clarke chiama Rama II, diretta verso lo spazio profondo. Nel corso del viaggio, nascono 5 bambini. Simone Tiasso Wakefield, Catharine Colin Wakefield, Eleanor Joan Wakefield, Benjamin Ryan O'Toole e Patrick Erin O'Toole, vengono partoriti daNicole Des Jar

I blame myself a bit for this one. After reading "Rendezvous" I thought how tragic it was that Arthur Clark, who has such an interest in humanity seems to have so little interest in humans as individuals. All the wonders of Rama, and nothing to bring it home on any kind of real personal level.

Enter Rama II, with something that very much resembles characters with lives and motivations, even if they were inexpertly handled; a trifle soap operatic at times even. It's nothing but the characters for
Rendezvous with Rama was unquestionably brilliant.
I endured Rama II because I wanted to read all four books.
The writing and the characters in this book just got more and more perfect as it continued on. It got unendurable.
Todd Martin
The Garden of Rama is the third installment of a four part series. It's better than the second book, but nowhere near as good as the first.

On the positive side:
- It accurately portrays humans as the dysfunctional assholes they are.
- A bit of the mystery that can be found in the first book is re-introduced.

On the negative:
- The plot quite literally goes nowhere (the ship travels to Sirius only to turn right back around and return to Earth).
- The characters are uninteresting.
- There's qu
Similar to the previous volume, it was a decent edition to the Rama series. I am surprised that no one has wanted to make a movie about this series. This book is a continuation of the Rama II set of characters following Nicole and Richard's ride and back from across the stars. I thought the Nakamura character's death was a bit over the top, and moreover, the Octospiders response was too tepid for the threat posed. The God character was bit off balance in my opinion, but at least the main colony ...more
Garden of Rama was kinda of a mess. There are at least 2 different novels in here if not more. While the mystery of Rama continues to unfold slightly, a lot of other things happen. But nothing really happens. It's full of rather mundane human drama that's annoying to have to slug through when the Mystery of Rama sits unattended. Honestly, I've spent what seems like years with these characters and I don't really care about them. Maybe I'm feeling suffocated since I'm reading them all straight thr ...more
I cannot say I was disappointed: I was expecting a book as bad as Rama 2, and I got it. I loved Rendezvous with Rama and I was excited to discover that there were sequels. Unfortunately the so called "sequels" were co-written by a second author, Gentry Lee, and there is nothing of the original story on those sequels.
Clarke was a skillful writer and a scientist, and this did shows in the first book of the Rama series: the focus was on the science part of science fiction, and the plot was plausibl
Sí, però no. M'explico: el llibre m'ha semblat molt interessant, però a estones se m'ha fet molt pesat.

La part més pesada, segurament, és la primera: es presenta com a diari de la Nicole, on va explicant bàsicament el naixement dels seus fills. És interessant, però jo volia llegir alguna cosa més de ciència ficció, no una sobre una dona que tenia fills i intentava fer que hi hagués la màxima diversitat genètica.

La part del nòdul és la més interessant de totes. Llàstima que sigui la més
The lingering gripe I have about this series is that with each new installment, it becomes more of a melodramatic expose on humankind’s shortcomings and less of an innovative sci-fi mystery/thriller. In short, to the extent that this series focuses on humans, it taxes my interests. The curious alien species depicted help keep a sense of mystery going.

My two favorite characters step forward in this installment: Nicole des Jardins and Max Puckett. Max is a bit overdone as a loose-tongued farmer,
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

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