Reviews of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Review by bobbalobba (2008-05-22)
Seeing that this book is rated a 7.9 caused my jaw to drop. I honestly expected it to be rated closer to a 9. I was absolutely blown away by this book's originality (especially considering when it was published), boldness, prophecy, insert other praiseworthy adjective here, blah blah blah. The story was pretty simple, but very effective. I thought that, on the whole, Clarke weaved a beautiful, moving tale that immediately I felt very close to. It's a triumph of science fiction that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
(This review refers to the 1968 version titled “2001: A Space Odyssey”)
Review by miln40 (2006-06-11)
This novel, combined with the film, was probably the work that brought fame to author Arthur C. Clarke. This is one of the rare occasions when neither the film, nor the novel, is based on their counterpart. They were created almost at the same time with the idea that they would be taken as parts of a whole. To further enjoy the book one must have watched the movie, and vice versa. When the effect of both works is taken into account, the book definitely gets two thumbs up!
The novel is written with skill – the author neither bores the reader with lengthy dialogue, nor with monotonous descriptions, a case seen very often even with well-known writers. The problem, as with all science fiction, is that it is a genre for specific people. If one is not interested in exploration, adventures or something that is out of the ordinary, the book will not appeal to him or to, more frequently, her. The novel does not provide a deep psychological portrait of the main characters, it tells of new worlds and new possibilities. Even though there is no substantial scientific terminology, the book would be better appreciated by those that are familiar with basic physics, since 2001 is quite scientific in its predictions. Even if the book does not catch the reader with its storyline (something improbable), one could always enjoy seeing how wrong Clarke’s predictions of the future turned out to be.
Review by siriusspells (2006-03-20)
I personally hated this book. It really was bad in my opinion. I know many, many people like this book, but I definetly wasn't a fan. I really didn't like the whole idea of the beginning of the story and it just got more boring as I read along until I couldn't take anymore. The book just couldn't keep me interested.
Review by mrdude (2005-02-11)
2001: A space Odyssey by Aurthur C Clarke.
Sadly not having read any previous literature by Arthur C. Clarke I will not be able to tell you if 2001 is one of his better works or not but as far as science fiction it is definitely high on my list.
The book starts off with the main character being Moon watcher, an ape man in pre historic times. It follows a story line depicting how it was possible for this creature and his tribe to evolve into humans. You as the reader are only made to see the very beginnings of this and are promptly whizzed away to the future (approximately 1999 A.D.) where the rest of the story of man continues.
The dialogue in this book I found to be somewhat few and far between, which I happen to like. The author does not have his characters drone on and on towards each other but rather carries the story on a narrative. The descriptions in this novel are wondrous to the point that no movie could possibly portray.
Overall I would strongly recommend this book to nearly anyone I could get to read it. I also would like to point out that those of you who have seen the movie should definitely read this book, I myself saw the movie first and was surprised to se how differently this story was originally intended.
(Review also posted at the IBDoF)
Review by LJOL (2003-08-05)
A fantastic voyage in time and space and that is really all I have to say.
Review by jon787 (2003-03-07)
If you didn't understand the ending of the movie (like me) this book will really help you understand what Clarke and Kubrick were going for.