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The Garden of Rama

(Rama #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  20,614 ratings  ·  336 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
Paperback, 518 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Spectra Books (first published 1973)
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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)
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
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In space, nobody can get an erection.

That's the takeaway from the first third of The Garden Of Rama where the three surviving astronauts (Nicole, Richard, Michael) from Rama II try, and try, and try, and try, to conceive and repopulate the human race as it exists in a giant space tube.

The notion of a unorthodox family unit forming on the Rama spacecraft seemed promising as eventually children are had by Nicole and Richard. But the train goes off the rails when Nicole decides she REALLY needs to
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
David (דוד)
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! :) :)
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
OK, Arthur, how about cutting to the chase? Actually, this was OK, but not as good as the previous two. I haven't heard much about the last novel, Rama Revealed, but I think I've had enough already.
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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
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 ...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.
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
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.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Some of this book was fascinating, but I found myself skimming the bla-bla-bla sections. And that's something I rarely do. It ends with a cliffhanger, but I am not motivated to read book four.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rama series has pretty much been all over the map, and not in a good, explorer, way. The first book was heavy on the science part of science fiction, almost too technical. The second book was more about the personalities and the wonder of an alien spacecraft faded to the background. This third book starts off with the interpersonal relationships of the people stranded on the spaceship. Then it moves back into science and the wonder of an alien species. It then becomes more sociological as ...more
This book started where the previous book left off. Nicole, Richard, Michael and their families are heading towards a destination unknown. When they get there they are taken off Rama and are tested before being told the next stage of their plan. They are to return to Earth's solar system and gather 2,000 humans and return.

This book did lose me a bit in the middle. What it did highlight is the destructive nature of humans and how they view themselves at the centre of everything. I think this was
Steve Schinke
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Average pulp science fiction about the inherent evilness and goodness of humans. "Lord of the Flies" in space, with a dispassionate alien race watching.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Lars Dradrach
After giving up on the series many years ago I recently decided to give it a go again hoping my adult, more mature mind would be better prepared for some of the unpleasant topics.

And here we go again, less than half way though I have to call it a day...

There’s nothing wrong with posing provocative or even indecent notions if it’s linked to the narrative, but here it seems unnecessary and just stupid.

Gentry lee thanks his wife and some other women in the foreword for providing an insight into the
Ira Livingston
What can I say about this volume, it is a fascinating examination of what happens to the crew of Rama II. How the crew has children, becomes a multiple parent system with half-brothers/sisters.

That was all in the first third of the book and was extremely mind blowing as a reader trying to figure out what you would have done in their shoes. It’s written with a scientific flare, keeping one examining it with an open mind.

However, the book then is turned over to Larry who seems obsessed with sex
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
Jun 27, 2007 rated it liked it
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
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.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Haresh Eranga
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Garden of Rama
Clerk has done it again.
It breaks most deeply embedded ethics of the marriage and relevant culture in the name of science. And out of here earth, all we value means nothing. Every law, social things are just nothing. That's one of the basic things strikes in this book. If someone is not happy with how he has written it, well it's the reality out there.

It's simply recreating our general social situations inside Rama and revealing how we have evolved over centuries. How greediness
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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.

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