2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke: Book Review - The Fantasy Review

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke: Book Review

2001: A Space Odyssey Book Review

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

2001: A Space Odyssey Book Review – Spoiler Free

I won’t lie: I began reading 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke because I felt like I had to. It’s a book everyone talks about, and many who do have never read it. I’ll get around to the film soon too. Because of this, I never thought I would actually like it this much…

I love how episodic classic science fiction is

Yes, characterisation leaves something to be desired, but it doesn’t really matter. 2001: A Space Odyssey is about the story, the “What if?”. The characters do have some semblance of personality, though, so I still empathised with them and was excited or shocked when they were.

The story itself surprised me! I wasn’t expecting such a large-scale thing. I began the book thinking it might be a simple exploration plot, but you soon find out that it’s far more complex than that.

Despite challenging myself only to read the first book in the series, 2001: A Space Odyssey, I’m going to read the next one too. The main reason for this is that Arthur C. Clarke dropped a bombshell filled with questions and I’m dying to know the answers!

2001: A Space Odyssey is an incredible book

I would even recommend it to those who prefer the character-driven modern SF that is more popular now, just because the story itself is enthralling. It’s a short book, so even if you;re not sure, give a few pages a go!

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  1. Ooh, yes! I listened to this as an audio book because I was so convince I wouldn’t like it. I studied fragments of the film in architecture school and for some reason I thought it was not for me. However, just like you said, everyone was talking about it so I felt like I had to read it too.

    It was absolutely awesome! I would recommend it even to those who are not that much into SF (like me) but are curious about the genre

  2. I read about a third of it on audiobook and it was a great way of getting into the book, I found.

    And I agree, it would appeal to a wide audience, despite being very much hard, SF.

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