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3001 by Arthur C. Clarke
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Jun 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, fiction, arthur-c-clarke
Read in January, 1997

The fourth, and arguably least necessary of Arthur C. Clarke's odyssey novels, is happily shorter and more to the point than 2010 and 2061 . But unlike 2001 it can't stand alone.

The premise is a bit hokey, but I willingly suspend disbelief as Frank Poole is brought back to life. I don’t find Poole as interesting a character as Heywood Floyd from the previous novels, but he’ll do for this story, which largely feels like an encore performance from the author.

3001 does what none of the previous novels do. It ties things off. A couple other major characters resurface to help Poole bring the saga full circle. That’s cool. But I only recommend reading this book if you have read all three previous odysseys…which is to say, I recommend reading it (but in the right order).

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