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The Garden of Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
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Aug 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, fiction, arthur-c-clarke
Read in January, 1992 , read count: 3

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, but that makes him a delightful contrast to all the other humans in the novel.

A central theme in this saga is that human sexuality drives all facets of our lives--our predilections to imperialism, excess, paranoia, and self-destruction being prime examples. The grand morality play that ensues strikes me as valid, but also tiresome and less fun than the original Rendezvous With Rama . In short, I’d love these novels more if they were a little more Star Wars and a little less Star Trek.

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