2061: Odyssey Three, by Arthur C. Clarke (1987)

What a disappointment. Although there was a sharp drop in quality between Arthur C. Clarke’s first two Odyssey novels, I wasn’t quite prepared for the third one to be so dull and, well, pointless. With almost no character development and a negligible plot, there’s nothing much going on to grab the reader’s attention, while Clarke’s hard-science prose continues unabated, which makes the book difficult to get through with very little payoff. The second half has sparks of life here and there, but the last few chapters are so anticlimactic I had to go back and re-read them to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I feel almost sacrilegious writing this but this novel has “lazy cash grab” written all over it.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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