Cradle➧ [Ebook] ➢ Cradle By Arthur C. Clarke ➲ – Um míssil muito secreto ue desaparece a meio do voo Um estranho tridente de ouro ue muda de forma Uma caverna subauática guardada por baleias Há algo no fundo do oceano em Key West Algo poderoso Al Um míssil muito secreto ue desaparece a meio do voo Um estranho tridente de ouro ue muda de forma Uma caverna subauática guardada por baleias Há algo no fundo do oceano em Key West Algo poderoso Algo aterrador Algo humano e espantosamente alienígena Algo ue pode destruir o futuro Algo ue está prestes a ser encontrado Berço é uma aventura ue se estende do passado desconhecido à fronteira do amanhã do vasto oceano das estrelas ao fundo do mar. 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 visionprophecy 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 writing juvenile and the sex scenes oh dear the sex scenes sounded like they were written by someone who was trying to imagine what it might be like to have sex I accuse you Gentry Lee of writing this entire crock of excreter How plead you Mr Lee?One star out of 100 Read for the 2017 POPSUGAR Challenge prompt 'A Book with Multiple Authors'63 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 starThe original premise sounded uite interesting advanced aliens and treasure hunters find their space ship on the ocean floor but then someone went and ruined it and produced this pile of crap Most other reviewers are blaming Lee I hope it's not Clarke as I bought his 2001 A Space Odyssey series and I don't think I could read four entire books written like this but as I haven't read anything from either of them I'm taking their word for itThe characters were ridiculously overwritten a treasure hunter with an unnecessary back story of a love affair with a married older woman who broke his heart when he was young; an army man with an unnecessary back story about his pre marital sexual escapades which somehow lead into his desire to bed his underage co star in the community theatre production of Tennessee William's The Night of the Iguana he plays Shannon to her Charlotte; a black man who was an embarrassing caricature of a black man from the south constantly using the exclamation Oooeee and never calling Carol by her given name only 'Angel'; and a reporter who has the most annoying internal dialogue since AnaThere were a couple of totally dreadful sex scenes one was so awkward I haven't felt so uncomfortable reading a sex scene since I finally finished Lolita last year while the other was a weird mix of awkward and clinicalThe final nail in the coffin for this one was the aliens They have to be the most inept 'advanced alien lifeforms' ever They crash land their space ship in the ocean and when some humans the main characters finally happen across them by accident they reuest An English dictionary and grammar plus the same thing for four other major languages; an encyclopaedia of plant and animal life; a compact world history; a statistical tract defining the current political and economic status of the world; a comparative study of the world's major existing religions; complete issues covering the last two years of at least three significant daily newspapers; summary journals of science and technology including surveys of weapons systems both deployed and under deployment; an encyclopaedia of the arts preferably including video and sound where appropriate; forty seven pounds of lead; and fifty eight pounds of goldThat is the most illogical list of demands I'm assuming they want the gold and lead for some kind of 'repairs' to their ship Troy was pretty vague with explanations using the excuse that despite the 'communications bracelet' they gave him he had trouble deciphering what they were saying but why bother with all information about human language history and technology only to leave without using their new found knowledge to their advantage If they weren't going to use it why did they want it? The type of information they wanted originally made me think they were going to use it to wage war against us but in the end they just attempted to leave a 'seed packet' why wouldn't an advanced civilisation like theirs realise what would happen if a foreign advanced species was introduced to the environment? and then disappear back home with very little explanationThere were no redeeming features to this story I would recommend it to no one although I still can't bring myself to destroy it so I will be passing it on to some poor person I'm sorry anonymous receiver of this book it might be a dreadful book but it is still a book and I can't kill it via my local Brotherhood of St Laurence 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 though the authors heard that sci fis need 'character development' so they lifted a few chapters from a Mills and Boon novel At least in the late 90s sci fi authors began to realise that science and real people could actually coexist Here a navy missile goes missing in the Gulf of Mexico and three treasure hunters while looking for it discover a ridiculously stupid alien spaceship under the waves This one was read over the Ganges in Varanasi but it did not engage me 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 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 shipI can't believe I read the whole thing Run away 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 writing again Unfortunately I should've chosen something other than Cradle I believe my only reason for finishing it was that I'd picked up several other books recently only to put them down having found them a waste of time I don't like not following a book through to the conclusion so muscled on in this caseHere's what I liked the early uestions about telemetry and software concerning a Navy missile that went off course and the notion of interfacing with aliens who treat planets such as Earth as something to be cultivated in a benevolent way The parts I liked could have been distilled into 50 pages The rest was given over to development of characters who do not belong in respectable literature The only character with any appeal is Troy the witty first mate of the charter vessel and even he has unnaturally wooden dialog and reacts to events in ways I could not accept I think now that I shouldn't have spent the time on this one either 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 black To be fair part of the problem is that the book is horribly dated Characters drink 12 beers then jump in their car to drive to meetings andthat's it Apparently in the 80s drinking and driving was perfectly acceptable and did not incur conseuences In setting the story only 5 years in the future so in 1994 based on the book's publishing date we can see just how short Clarke falls on his futurism People have floppy disks piled high on their desk sort of accurate for the time and talk to each other on their picture phones not at all accurate for the time At least there are no flying carsMy bet is the authors were hoping the book would be picked as a low budget movie It reads like a script for a C movie than a serious science fiction novel 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 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 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 if Clarke and Lee had taken the story completely to the ocean The too brief passages describing alien oceans on far off worlds are wonderful Instead a great deal of time is spent on land with the authors attempting character driven plot Inasmuch as Lee was a fledging novelist this was a weak choice Whole chapters feel like a bad made for TV movie about treasure hunting Still I have a positive spin to offer I'm a big fan of Clarke and Lee’s Rama trilogy which all sources agree is mostly Lee’s writing My guess is he learned a thing or two on this mediocre outing paving the way for a better constructed saga based on Clarke’s masterwork Rendezvous With Rama Many Clarke fans will disagree with my sentiments; however I think Lee who shows a love of great literature in his writing is worth the time of day I was expecting having read the 2001 series so was very disappointed Not a very well written book reads 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 of the book or to set up some near superhuman task the character would achieve later The futuristic technologies described in the book including Kindle like reading tablet and Skype video conferencing were interesting but not enough to save the book The whole aliens theme was disappointing and derivative of the Foundations series