A Goodreads user asked:
Can I start the Space Odyssey series with this book if I saw the Kubrick film and did not like it?
Marty Fried I just read that Kubrick said this book was a sequel to the movie, not the book. So seeing the movie is probably best.
L.M. Yes, you can. The first chapter does a great summary of the events in 2001 and sets the stage for events in 2010. If you want a really short but very impressing summary, you can watch the intro to 2010 the film at "GREAT SCENE - 2010: The Year We Make Contact (intro) " on YouTube.