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Review: The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke

Sentinel/the TrSentinel/the Tr by Arthur C. Clarke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A pretty good collection of stories: only a couple of them have the “zinger” punchline that annoyed me in Of Time And Stars and it’s used effectively in one of them. There’s only one story that relies on some sort of esoteric science knowledge as well, which is great too. Because most of these are longer stories Sir Arthur takes his time and unfolds things carefully and to great effect: the rambling that plagues his later novels (idea!idea!idea!…somethingvaguelyplotty…idea!) and stories hasn’t taken root here and we get some nice character and setting laid out for us here.

“Rescue Mission,” “A Meeting With Medusa” and “The Wind From The Sun” are probably my favourites here as they set out the great Clarke-ian themes (How We Can Use Science For The Betterment Of Mankind And His Environment) simply and effectively. Something I noticed with this collection is how similar Clarke’s style is to that of Isaac Asimov, although he does turn a poetic phrase much better than the good doctor.

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~ by stuffianlikes on January 23, 2017 .