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The Ghost from the Grand Banks

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    Arthur C. Clarke(Author)

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In 2007, just five years before the centennial of the sinking of the "Titanic," two corporations--one English, one Japanese--each using futuristic technology, contend with each other over the ship's retrieval

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  • PDF | 274 pages
  • Arthur C. Clarke(Author)
  • Bantam (1992)
  • English
  • 5
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By draw on December 15, 2014

    This is without a doubt one of the worst books I've ever read. The whole thing is disjointed, jumping from event to event and from character to character, all of which are poorly portrayed. Then throw in digressions re mathematical and technological theory, and you have a disaster of Titanic proportions (pun intended). Any kind of decent story deserves (actually, requires) continuity, and this one lacks that. Not sure what all the hoopla is about this author, but I won't be wasting any more of my time with him.

  • By Medusa333 on October 29, 2014

    I didn't love it. I guess I was expecting a book that was more about the Titanic. There were a lot of characters and a lot of info about them. There's a mystery about the bodies that are found "perfectly preserved" and little is said about it and (SPOILER) one of them is never identified. It's just mentioned in an aside and I wanted to know all about each body, who they were, and so on. I think the book just wasn't what I expected, which was more of a Titanic story.

  • By cat lady on July 23, 2015

    Rereading this book was enjoyable after so many years

  • By fpuskar on July 30, 2014

    waste of my time and Clarkes time. no plot no nothing.

  • By Michael Baker on October 1, 2014

    Interesting in that it opens up possibilities

  • By Andrew W. Johns on March 28, 2014

    Reading science fiction portrayals of a future that is now technically in the past is always an interesting experience. Where the author manages to make accurate predictions, one sometimes has to wonder if the prediction wasn’t self-fulfilling, in that it created the idea that inspired the development itself. In this case, though, Clarke was only reaching two decades ahead, from 1990 to 2010, and therefore didn’t feel the need to make any extreme extrapolations. As a result, while he missed the mark in many ways, his descriptions aren’t shockingly far from reality.Fans of Clarke’s writing will find that this book includes a fair bit of what he does extremely well, namely, the descriptions of speculative technology. Clarke excels in building new technologies on solid scientific principles, so that what he describes seems entirely reasonable, even when it is actually quite incredible. In this book, he presents two different solutions to the problem of raising the Titanic, an incredible feat, if ever there were one, and both seem completely reasonable.Unfortunately, this book is far more character driven than many of Clarke’s other tales, and this is not an area where his talents are at their best. The characters feel a bit flat, and some of their motivations seem weak or contrived. Clarke seems to recognize this, since he draws in a whole sub-plot built upon M-sets that have nothing to do with the efforts to raise the Titanic, apparently in a futile effort to flesh out several of the characters.This is a relatively short novel, and an easy one to read. For those who are fascinated by the Titanic or deep sea exploration, Clarke’s descriptions might make it worth reading. But if you are looking for a first rate science fiction novel, give this a pass in favor of some of Clarke’s better works.

  • By David Zampino on February 17, 2014

    I recognize that the author is one of the greatest science and science fiction writers of the last 200 years. I have read a great deal of his material.This was dreadful to the point of being embarrassing.The characters were not developed; The politics was far too evident; The plot was chaotic; The ending was incomprehensible; and if I go on; there will be spoilers which I am trying to avoid.Clarke, sadly, kept writing long after his muse deserted him. It is sad to see how far the genius is decayed.Give this one a miss!

  • By Pokrovskiy Denis on March 23, 2015

    Though it was deemed by many readers and critics as one of the weakest works of the late Clarke, I found this work not so bad and evidently deserving being read. Despite noticable inconsistency in the plot and lack of the grand finishing, the novell has a number of strong features: the author is proficient as always in describing technological and engineering feats, showing brave imagination and sound scientific approach, and gripping, though somewhat not very dynamic plot. It's interesting to follow the story of struggle to lift Titanic wreck after hundred years on the seabed by two competing huge corporations and explore unexpected story sideways. Maybe novell characters could seem a bit flat, but the stories of their fates are definitely touching. As additional treasure is Clarke's fascination with fractal mathematics and his depiction of Mandelbrot set and the concluding speech on the topic. It really made me dig the web for M-Set explanations. As the conclusion, I would for sure recommend this book for Arthr C. Clarke fans and others interested in elaborate SF. However, if you are looking for the best and grandest of Clarke - go for other titles...

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