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The Garden of Rama (Rama #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  17,871 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
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 trapped aboard a labyrinthine Raman vessel, where it will take all of their physical and mental resources to surviv. Only twelve yea ...more
Hardcover, 441 pages
Published September 26th 1991 by Bantam Books
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Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover
Unlike the first sequel, aptly titled, "Rama II", this third instalment refers less to Clarke's original novel, "Rendez-vous with Rama". This is set nine months after Rama II which is set 70 years after the first appearance of the mysterious artifact that cruised through our solar system. While Nicole des Jardins, husband Richard Wakefield and Michael O'Toole were stranded on Rama II headed somewhere near Sirius, they have between then five children. These become our new cast characters for the ...more
Si Barron
Nov 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 T 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
Apr 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Vile. Clumsily written by a dullard and carelessly edited by a sluggard. Read Lee's review near the top of the list if you really are still curious.
Ana  Vlădescu
The book is good. I still like the story. I'm still giving it 4 stars. The rest from now on will probably be spoilers. (view spoiler) ...more
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
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! :) :)
Ed Tinkertoy
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Todd Martin
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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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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Jun 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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.
Two and a half stars.

The first half of the books was readable. I'm not saying I particularly liked it, but it was readable.

The second half of the book however ... There is really no point.

Two thousand people are abducted by Rama III ... because some entity 'wants to study humanity' in a closed environment. There's some thugs that set up an Asian Cartel that ends up controlling the entire human habitat. There's the genocide of the Avians by the humans. There's the humans dying off because of a re
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Rendezvous was great, but the second two books after Clarke passed off writing them to Gentry Lee and became basically a glorified editor were some of my least favorite books in scifi. Lee turned a series that started off as a beautiful and interesting book about exploring something unknown and vast and mysterious, and turned it into a weird character drama with Rama as a backdrop, including such fun elements as incest and the marriage of an elderly man to a child. I read the entirety ...more
Dominic Salvucci
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Wendy Wolpert-DeWitt
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, dystopia
Another disjointed novel by Clarke, et al.

The brilliance of Clarke's insight about human nature is amply displayed despite the jumble of POV and voice that this novel represents. An excellent, perhaps even superior, sequel to the previous collaboration -- still really fanfic to the original masterpiece -- this book touches on many of Clarke's best moments.

Worth a read as part of a trilogy, but certainly too confusing to read as a stand-alone.
Kent Archie
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I bailed on this book about 1/2 way through. In fact I decided to bail on the series.
I liked the first book and it's exploration om the ship, but the rest got to be just about the poeple and their relationships, their feelings about their relationships, etc. I don't find this very interesting in real life and even less so in my fiction.
Enrique Jiménez
Tercer volumen de la tetralogía de Rama que, si bien resulta inferior a los dos primeros, es muy entretenido y cuenta con un buen cliffhanger que hace que no podamos esperar a leer con avidez el último título de la saga.
Ray Henderson
Pretty bad.

I forgot how awful and BOOOORING this was. Very little science fiction, mostly soap opera crap. ACC didn't write much of this, if any at all. Don't waste your money, read a few reviews and skip it.
Jeff Thomas
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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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