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At long last, here is my final review from 2011.  Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is an unusual book.  It came out after the movie of the same name, but is not a novelization or adaptation of the movie.  It was written by Clarke at the same time that he and Stanley Kubrick were developing the screenplay for the film.  Kubrick wanted Clarke to develop depth for the story, which would help him make decisions regarding how he would shoot the film.

The film version of 2001 is one of my all-time favorite movies.  The effects are groundbreaking and Kubrick is one of the greatest visual storytellers the world has ever known.  The film is also perplexing.  It is the cinematic equivalent of Hemingway’s iceberg method, with ten percent of the story visible.  Clarke’s novel helps to provide context.  It is a good read, but is most enjoyable as an addition to the film.

The Final Count:

75 Read, 25 To Go

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