January 4th, 2019


Book #2: 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke

I previously reviewed this book here: https://gavluvsga.livejournal.com/2012/06/23/

Number of pages: 300

I never found this one as easy as the previous two books in the series, and had forgotten most of what happened. The fact that in the previous book the characters were told not to attempt landings on Europa meant it was inevitable that someone would do exactly that, albeit under construction from a crew member hijacking the ship, for reasons that were not exactly clear.

The plot largely centres around the crew of the ship that ends up stranded on a lake in Europa, and does seem very slow-moving; I got the sense that not a lot really happened in this book, but once again I found Arthur C. Clarke's writing compelling enough, despite the fact that, as with the previous novel in the series, a lot of the narrative involved recapping on previous events and setting out how civilisation had advanced since the time of 2010: Odyssey Two. I liked the concept of the "South African Revolution", though I suspect that was in it because the book was written in 1987, during the time of Apartheid.

It was good to re-read this, and I think I got a bit more out of it with this reading.

Next book: The Prodigal Prophet (Timothy Keller)