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Cradle In the Marines test a new missile After launch it mysteriously disappears If it reaches civilian areas they ll be in big trouble Carol Dawson a journalist is alerted by an unusual sight of wha

  • Title: Cradle
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke Gentry Lee Jim Warren
  • ISBN: 9780446356015
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1994, the Marines test a new missile After launch it mysteriously disappears If it reaches civilian areas they ll be in big trouble Carol Dawson, a journalist, is alerted by an unusual sight of whales in the Miami area decides to write about it Armed with equipment provided by her friend, Dr Dale Michaels from the Miami Oceanographic Institute, she goes to inIn 1994, the Marines test a new missile After launch it mysteriously disappears If it reaches civilian areas they ll be in big trouble Carol Dawson, a journalist, is alerted by an unusual sight of whales in the Miami area decides to write about it Armed with equipment provided by her friend, Dr Dale Michaels from the Miami Oceanographic Institute, she goes to investigate the rumors of a missing missile that could be behind the mysterious whale behavior She hires the services of Nick Williams Jefferson Troy, boat owners, so she can get to the Mexican Gulf to investigate They find an unknown artifact They have doubts about its nature, hoping it s part of a lost treasure Old friends of Williams Troy notice their discovery want to steal it In the story s background, the authors describe a submarine snake civilization on a planet called Canthor, how they struggled to stay alive despite threats to their ecosystem It s revealed that the artifact is actually a cradle that contains seeds with altered superhumans extracted from Earth millions of years ago altered so they could live with other species including the submarine snakes on Earth The spaceship that carries the cradle is manned by robots cyborgs has hidden itself on the ocean floor to make repairs Dawson, Williams Troy are asked to gather materials so the ship can be repaired return to its mission The ship

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    1. Even 25 years after it was first released, this is a turd that is still steaming. It took me four months to read this drivel (i read about 6 other decent novels in that time). I've read Arthur C Clarke before and i'm a fan - but this atrocity was completely bereft of the vision/prophecy and fascinating SCIENCE that he brings to Sci Fi. So i can only blame Gentry Lee who is credited as 'co-authoring'. Surely ACC only leant his name to boost sales? The plot is inane, the characters ridiculous, the [...]

    2. Read for the 2017 POPSUGAR Challenge prompt 'A Book with Multiple Authors'6/3 - I think this may be up there with the worst books I've ever read. Most of the books I give one star to are because of their atrocious editing, off the top of my head I can't remember reading a book where the plot played such a big part in drawing the one star.The original premise sounded quite interesting - advanced aliens, and treasure hunters find their space ship on the ocean floor - but then someone went and ruin [...]

    3. This book was totally unbelievable. I don't know what it is with Clarke in the 80s, but he just went psycho with his characters during this period (hard not to blame Lee really - alouthgh they were good in the Rama series). The first two thirds of this overlong novel goes into meaningless detail about the backgrounds of the various characters involved, and they're so formulaic - their personalities are derived from formulae whose only input are 'moving' emotional scenes from their past. It's as [...]

    4. Considering his fame and the number of books he authored, it's surprising that I've had little exposure to Clarke. Like everybody in my generation I saw the film version of 2001 numerous times, and there was another novel of his (the title of which I cannot recall) that was in three parts. The first two parts fascinated me but the last was an utter let-down, seemingly written by someone else. [ Update: Just figured out that other book was by Asimov. ]Anyway, I decided it was time to sample his w [...]

    5. This is a scifi novel from an author that I normally love. Unfortunately, this book was disappointing. The main plot, involving contact with aliens, was passable but boring. The side plots were ridiculous and unnecessary: adult video games, swinger treasure hunters, and so on. The characters were either two-dimensional or cartoonish. Also, the book seemed to serve as a vehicle for heavy-handed social commentary.

    6. Cradle is a first and unsatisfying collaboration by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. It is an uninspiring treatment of a well-worn Sci-fi topic: first contact via an underwater oceanic alien hideout. Cradle also introduces readers to the rougher, more promiscuous writing style of Gentry Lee. Clarke has plenty of sexuality in his novels, but he usually spares readers the juicy details. I would have enjoyed this novel more if Clarke and Lee had taken the story completely to the ocean. The too-brie [...]

    7. Easily one of the worst books I've read in years. Maybe if I read this when it first came out in 1989 and I was 13, I would have found the gratuitous sex scenes titillating. As it was, I found them distracting from what little "plot" there was. The entire book was laced with racism and misogyny. Sure one of the main characters is a woman and one is black, but the authors can't seem to go 5 pages without waving a little flag saying "Hey, we have a main character who is a woman, and one who is bla [...]

    8. I was expecting more, having read the 2001 series, so was very disappointed. Not a very well-written book, reads more like an author's first book than one from an experienced team. The plot was very contrived with convenient coincidences moving the plot along. There was a surprising amount of sexual suggestions in the book, this was completely unnecessary and slowed the book down. There were a number of details and plot lines in the book that were unnecessary, serving only to slow down the pace [...]

    9. Is this even science fiction? The aliens aren't necessaryswap them out for some ordinary motivating force and the story would be largely unaffected. And when Clarke focuses on the "sci-fi" part of his story, he bores me with unimportant minutia about the design of the alien ship.I can't believe I read the whole thing. Run away!

    10. saltmanz/blog/2006/11/Yesterday (11/02/06) during lunch, I finished my most recent book: Cradle, by Arthur C. Clarke and Genry Lee.This is same team that wrote the last 3/4 of the Rama series (following Clarke's standalone classic, Rendevous With Rama). Those were good books. Cradle, which was written a couple of years before the Rama sequels, is not.Not that it's a terribly bad book. I was entertained for almost all of the 408 pages. But I'd never read it again. The book is basically a characte [...]

    11. I always assumed that Shaun Hutson's Slugs would be the worst book I ever read. People being chased and caught by ferocious, man-eating slugs was sufficient to break my usually robust suspension of disbelief.However, Cradle was bad in a whole different way. I don't mind character development in science fiction, but the clumsy attempts at it in this novel are just embarrassing to read. A typical chapter could be paraphrased by:Steve turned away from the courgette-shaped alien. Suddenly he was fif [...]

    12. Not even mediocre at best. It's a book written by two people, and it shows. The bulk of the book is a boring, typical Crichton-like thriller/adventure story. Woven between -- sometimes in nearly incomprehensible separate chapters, sometimes as jarring asides -- is the actual sci-fi content. Unfortunately, the earth-based sci-fi was written for the future of twenty years ago and it has not aged particularly well, but it may have been better contemporaneously. The alien-based sci-fi is overly deta [...]

    13. Nothing much interesting happened in this book. I liked the premise: an alien civilization is preparing to drop a "seed" of some sort on Earth, using the planet as a preserve for certain species, one of which is a superior strain of Human. However, this book reads more like a biography, with every major character thinking a whole lot about their past without it impacting the story line much, if at all. I was bored, and would have stopped reading if it weren't for the fact that I was waiting for [...]

    14. Horrible book from beginning to end. Full of unnecessary sexual innuendo, shallow characters, poorly developed science fiction. Not a single admirable protagonist in the bunch, even though they were meant to be. One character spent 60 pages of the book in pedophilic fantasies, which played no role in the story whatsoever except to tantalize the reader with verbal pornography. It's clear that Arthur C. Clarke supplied some of the basic plot premises, and Gentry Lee did most of the writing.

    15. Blech. I expected a lot more. I finished because I have this affliction where I feel the need to finish books. The writing is very school boy-ish. Way too much time spent on women's bodies and how attractive or unattractive they were and the 43 year old man hooking up with a 17 year old? Gross. I wanted a sci fi adventure but I got the first draft of a B movie screenplay.

    16. Easily the worst Arthur C Clarke novel.The characters are unbelievable and the plot is ridiculous - alien beings who can travel galactic distances but require an Encyclopaedia and some Gold in order to leave Earth.This would have made a good kids book were it not for the pointless (and trust me, I'm not prudish at all) sexual content.

    17. One dimensional, stereotypical characters. Pretty underwhelming plot. Trudged through to the end as it was an easy enough read, but no deep thoughts / insights / technology / sci-fi. Just a dull story about an alien visitor.

    18. It was a trudge, except for the bits I skimmed. The opening chapter came over as though the writer had lately begun a creative writing course - I was surprised and wondered if Clarke had actually been the author.

    19. I disliked this book. The whole thing about the sex problems of the commander were not needed and in poor taste. Did nothing for the book. I felt the book was generally not well done, disjointed, poorly written.

    20. Unfortunately, while this book has an interesting premise, the characterisation is pathetic. The way people in this book talk and think is totally unbelievable.I gave up on it well before the 100 page point.

    21. I was greatly disappointed with this book. I almost can't believe that Arthur Clarke had anything to do with it! The writing was trite and the majority of the book's subject matter was a cross between a bad romance and a simple adventure story.

    22. The very worst part of this book was where a couple of the main characters show off their side-project of producing a pornographic full-motion-video computer game.

    23. Aliens have landed in Florida! A Navy officer, Richard Todd, and a beautiful reporter, Carol Dawson, are on the trail. Plus, reluctantly, a "woman-hating Ivy league dropout, scarred by a youthful affair" boat captain Nick Williams, and less-reluctantly his crew member Troy Jefferson. The book is different than it sounds, but not any better than it sounds. The aliens are well-conceived, and a lot of thought went into making a novel type of alien contact, but as a novel it goes over with a thud, e [...]

    24. Ma ei mäleta, millal ma viimati mõnd raamatut nii kaua lugesin Aga kuna ingliskeelsed raamatud said ette võetud sõnavara täiendamiseks, siis otsisin kõigile tundmatutele sõnadele ka tõlked. Ja neid sõnu oli üllatavalt palju. Konteksti järgi oleks sisust muidugi ka niisama aru saanud, aga siiski. Üldiselt aga oli raamat nõrk. Tõsi, seal oli väga nauditavaid lõike (ja isegi peatükke), ent lugu ise oli lahja. Ei midagi üllatavat, ei midagi kaasakiskuvat. Ka tegelased ise olid kuid [...]

    25. Okay, this was an odd one. I picked this one up from a book store because my brother loves the author, (he read Childhoods End, and The Songs of Distant Earth). After I brought it home, I read a lot of reviews saying that it's the worst of Arthur C. Clarke's books. Being myself, I read it any way. This book is labeled as Science Fiction, but it is really more of an action adventure/romance with science stuff thrown in every few chapters. The way it was done was very poor, and I felt like I was j [...]

    26. I grew up reading Clarke. I always looked forward to his insights into possibilities. This book did not disappoint in that aspect but the over examination of the characters and their flaws and desires went beyond my liking. It's not going to prevent me from reading other book by him but it will make me pause!

    27. I actually abandoned this book as I recalled I had read it before and was profoundly unimpressed it (and I got hold of another book that I really wanted to read). The characters were one dimensional, the story arc glacial and overall I just couldn't be bothered. Shame.

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