A Space Odyssey

Clarke, Arthur C.

eBook - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The year is 2001, and cosmonauts uncover a mysterious monolith that has been buried on the Moon for at least three million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an equally mysterious pulse--a kind of signal--in the direction of Saturn after it is unearthed. Whether alarm or communication, the human race must know what the signal is--and who it was intended for. The Discovery and its crew, assisted by the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer system, sets out to investigate. But as the crew draws closer to their rendezvous with a mysterious and ancient alien civilization, they realize that the greatest dangers they face come from within the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a dangerous traveling companion, and the crew must outwit him to survive.

Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2012
ISBN: 0795330707
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dave thought he was alone on the his computer-controlled spaceship- but now he hears another more sinister voice, and it's telling him what to do.

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Dec 06, 2013
  • Gandalf_IRL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Classic I know, but I never got around to reading the book. Excellent read, finished it in one sitting. Watched the movie years ago and was confused a bit by the ending. Novel does great job of explaining a lot. I wished the beginning had lasted longer with the "ape-men". Felt that was the most interesting part by far but the whole book was supremely excellent. I'm about to start reading "2010" once the library sends it over my way.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The best parts of the book are when Dave struggles with HAL. Everything else, I found thematically too close to "Childhood's End" (which I just read) so it felt repetitive. The descriptions in the book are utterly overshadowed by the images of the Kubrick movie.

Aug 13, 2012
  • spoonb3rri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A pretty good science fiction novel. I liked the beginning but it started to get boring towards the middle. The ending was great, it really makes you think about the future and the other things int he world.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset. Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?"

Aug 13, 2012
  • spoonb3rri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.


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Jan 23, 2015
  • Red_Cat_1289 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 13, 2012
  • spoonb3rri rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Scientist finds a mysterious object and a group of astronauts are sent to find out its origins. They travel on an advanced and intelligent machinery, but this soon leads to problems.


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