2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey #1) by Arthur C. Clarke: Book Review

I won’t lie: I began reading this book 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…

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On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered.

So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system.

But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong… -Goodreads

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

I won’t lie: I began reading this book 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. This book 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 this book, I’m going to read the next one too. The main reason for this is that Clarke dropped a bombshell filled with questions and I’m dying to know the answers!

This 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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3 comments on “2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey #1) by Arthur C. Clarke: Book Review”

  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

    1. 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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