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Годината е 2010.
И сега, сто години след гибелта на някогашното чудо на цивилизацията „Титаник“, стремежът да се извадят отломките му от дъното на океана е неудържим.
Този стремеж е в основата на „Призракът от големите плитчини“, едновременно социално-фантастична и реалистична книга, лишена, за щастие, от зашеметяващи технически подробности за нетърпеливо очаквания XXI век,
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Paperback, 266 pages
Published 1994 by Зебра 2001 (first published November 1st 1990)
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Rex Libris
Dec 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time there was a great author named Arthur C. Clarke who wrote some of the most incredible books. Then in the early 80's he was kidnapped and replaced by a moron who was only capable of writing trash. That is the only explantion for this book. A lot science that had nothing to do with the supposed storyline, and details about the sexual deviancies of many of the charaters that did nothing for the story. So sad that Clarke lost it. ...more
Mark
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this time of year, towards Christmas, I find myself wanting to read some Arthur C Clarke. It’s a boyhood thing: Sir Arthur’s books were one of my first loves of SF, and I would eagerly read and reread his tales as the nights drew in.

These days the nostalgia is further tempered with the sad fact that I am unlikely to read new material – unless there’s something hidden away in the Clarkives. There’s been nothing since his death in 2008, and no solo material since 1996 to my knowledge. His last
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Karl Kindt
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
What a mess. This is the penultimate novel ACC wrote without Gentry Lee, and it appears with it he has hit his own metaphoric iceberg and sunk to the bottom. What is the iceberg? Hubris? Lack of care? Needing to bang out a book to make a buck? Losing it mentally? Whatever it was that sunk his ability to write a coherent, much less good, novel, it certainly is shocking. I almost wonder if this was partially ghost written, it is so bad.

Why is bad? Here are some ways. First of all--ACC is fond of u
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans; Those interested in the Sea
I consider myself a fan of Arthur C. Clarke, but somehow I wasn't aware The Ghost From the Grand Banks existed until I found an ebook containing this and his classic The Deep Range. What both books have in common and makes them fitting to be grouped together is that both are works of science fiction dealing with exploration--of the oceans. It seems there are millions of books about space exploration, but I can't think of anyone, other than Clarke, Frank Herbert and Verne who have used exploratio ...more
Jake
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Arthur C. Clarke fans
It pains me to give this novel two stars. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece, but I was hoping for more than I got. I had greater difficulty getting into The Ghost from the Grand Banks than any other stand-alone Arthur C. Clarke novel I’ve read. There is a certain dryness to all of Clarke’s books. However, as I scribbled in the margin, this is “a chronically dry novel steeped in anticlimax.”

This book has several good moments, a couple of great ones; however, I can’t think of any character, subplo
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Lara
......................whaaaaaat?

Well, I was really enjoying all the various elements of this story--the opposing teams working to bring the two halves of the Titanic up from it's (perhaps not so) final resting place, the Mandelbrot set, a giant octopus, windshields that repel rain with high frequency vibrations instead of wipers--and looking forward to finding out how on earth they would all fit together. Sadly, though, they just...didn't. At least not well. And then the end happened, and...I me
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Kay
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, titanic, sci-fi
I wanted to read this because it involved the Titanic and I was going through 'that kind of phase' at the time. It involved more than just that of course and I enjoyed it very much. It was a new type of idea for sci-fi for me that didn't involve spaceships and aliens, more a near-futuristic feel which I appreciate more :) ...more
Ravindu Gamage
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dry and anticlimactic, but I loved it! Some of my bias might have been fuelled by my love for Titanic, but nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book and blew through the pages in a couple of days.

Your mileage may vary.
Andrew
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading science fiction portrayals of a future that is now technically in the past is always an interesting experience. Where the author manages to make accurate predictions, one sometimes has to wonder if the prediction wasn’t self-fulfilling, in that it created the idea that inspired the development itself. In this case, though, Clarke was only reaching two decades ahead, from 1990 to 2010, and therefore didn’t feel the need to make any extreme extrapolations. As a result, while he missed the ...more
melydia
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's always interesting to read books that take place in a future that is now the past. Granted, this one has a much shorter timeframe - it was written in 1990 and takes place in 2010 - so things aren't all that far off, but the differences are more noticeable for it. I wonder how the story would have changed had Clarke envisioned smart phones. I was especially amused to read about the couple who made their fortune "sanitizing" old movies by removing all evidence of cigarettes. Anyway, this is a ...more
B Schrodinger
A speculative fiction book written in 1990, set on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. I should have read this last year!

Apart from Rama, this is the only Clarke I have read and I like them. They are by no means masterworks or well-written but I love the science and speculation of his style. He is a great logical dreamer.

The characters are merely pawns to tell the story and put forward great ideas. The story itself is just a "wouldn't it be great if...". But I loved learning about the
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I was thinking about this book today. It's not a well Arthur C. Clarke, but it was my first. I remember not being blown away by it, but it stayed well within my consciousness for months on end. This book was my introduction to science fiction despite being a mediocre read - and I'd like to thank Mr Clarke for sucking me into this fantastic world of science fiction.

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Ade Couper
Ok , a good rule of thumb for sci-fi is you can't go wrong with Arthur :pretty much holds true for this....

The story is set in 2012 , & concerns ambitious plans to raise the Titanic . Sir Arthur C loved his diving & underwater expeditions , & his enthusiasm for this - & working out the theoretical answer to "just how do you raise the Titanic?" shows through .

Reminds me quite a bit of "The Fountains of Paradise" , as it's the story of the engineering project , which is really the main "character"
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Brett Ortler
Aug 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty awful book in almost every respect. Profoundly bad pacing, indistinguishable characters, a nice dash of sexism here and there, and some moments that make the old Batman movie's "Shark Repellent" look entirely plausible. Other than the cockamamie plans to raise the Titanic, which are absolutely absurd, there's also a lot of bad science scattered here and there. For instance, there's the notion that the Titanic is draped in weeds, even though she's located at 12,500 feet. In short, ugh. ...more
J B Angell
While not Clarke's best work it's interesting to see the technological predictions. The book was written in 1991 and is set in the present day. This was before things such as twitter or skype and yet Clarke mentions very similar things with startling accuracy. ...more
Maureen
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
all about the beauty of fractals...
Hammy Johns
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing, thought-provoking, and way ahead of its time book. Ostensibly it's about raising the Titanic, but that's set dressing for Clarke to get his teeth into, amongst other things, grief, obsession, frailty, and hubris. I read it because I'm fascinated with Charles Babbage's Difference Engine and Lady Ada Lovelace, who appears in this book in a roundabout way. It's very science-heavy, but the human stories are what propel this book along. I'm a sucker for anything that gives my own ...more
Daniel Kukwa
This is less of a novel and more of a series of cold & clinical vignettes, fueled by an obsession with the discovery (at the time) of Titanic's wrekage in the North Atlantic. It's also unintentionally amusing, reading Clarke's often-wrong speculation about near-future technology (always a mug's game, even for an acclaimed SF writer) and his own version of Titanic-mania...considering what James Cameron was about to unleash only a few years after the publication of this novel. If you want a real t ...more
P.A. Pursley
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay
The first book of Arthur C. Clarke's I read, and still love, is Rendezvous with Rama and I have read it several times. But none of his other books have impressed me as much. This one included.

It is an interesting story of two companies vying for the chance to raise the Titanic but the summary of the book makes it sound creepy and spooky and it is none like that. As a matter of fact, it was kind of a let down. It was well written but anticlimactic.

If you love Arthur C. Clarke and the Titanic thi
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Sarah-Jane
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I've been obsessed with the Titanic for years and thought I would give this book a try since Arthur C. Clarke is such an icon of sci-fi. I ended up being greatly disappointed as I had expected so much of my first book from this author. It had an interesting premise, but never seemed to go anywhere, and there were too many errors (Titanic being covered in weeds??) to keep my interest. The characters just weren't that interesting. The whole sub-plot of the genius kid and the M-set seemed pointless ...more
Leila P
It was ok to read, alhtough the end was disappointing, actually there was no grand finale at all. I have enjoyed Clarke's early works a lot more. The book was published in 1990, when everybody was fascinated by fractals, including Clarke. Furthermore, Clarke's attitude towards some things (like technological progress, enviromentalism and oil industry) seemed like a blast from the past, but it's understandable when you think he was born in 1917. ...more
Bob
An entertaining romp surrounding the attempts to raise the Titanic on the centennial of its sinking. Clarke gives us a solid dose of underwater technology and a nice discussion of the Mandelbrot Set - includes a further illuminating appendix on the mathematical breakthrough. Realistically, this is probably a 3.5 star book. Smoothly written, easy to follow and less intimidating than some of his work.
Igor
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I stopped reading at about 30 pages from the end. This is the worst written Clarke novel I've ever read. The idea behind the book is very good and so are a lot of the technical ideas that are described but never is there even the slightest hint of being pulled into the story.
I hate to say it but this book is a waste of time.
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Jay
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As compared to other Arthur C. Clarke novels, this one was disappointing. The author based his book on a series of notable science, mathematic, and engineering interests from the time of publishing that are poorly tied together to make up the story line. It is depressing as just about everybody or event ends negatively.
Amy
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I didn't enjoy this book very much. It wasn't awful, but I didn't really like it much either. I found myself skimming a lot of it and didn't care very much about any of the characters. I picked it up in the library mainly because it was an Arthur C Clarke book, and after reading and enjoying 2001: A Space Odyssey I expected it to be good based upon the author. It's not something I would read again and I'm glad it was a library book and not a book that I bought. ...more
Cindy
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than anything, I'm impressed at how many predictions in this novel came true.

I'm very amused that he thought we would eradicate any trace of smoking from old movies.

This book is dated now, but still fun to read.
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Ionut Trufin
I loved all the books I have read by Arthur C. Clarke. Somehow this story manages to fall behind quite a bit. Too many character building stories in parallel make you feel you lost track of it all. The end of the book manages to save it a bit.
Trevor McGuire
Unfortunately, I think this is the worst Clarke book I've ever read. Sure, there was some speculative science, but it was choppy at best. The Mandelbrot set subplot had no connection to the main story at all. All in all, the book just didn't flow and lacked any subtlety at all. ...more
James Christensen
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghost from the Grand Banks (fiction/novel) Arthur C. Clarke - interesting twist on raising the Titanic.
Daniel
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I expected a bit more science fiction with my science here. It was good in terms of science and explanation but overall it was not what I was expecting. That's why I only gave it a 3. ...more
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Arthur Charles 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.

Clarke was a graduate of King
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