2010 Odyssey Two - Space Odyssey, Bk 2 Author:Arthur C. Clarke Nine years after the disastrous Discovery mission to Jupiter in 2001, a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition sets out to rendezvous with the derelict spacecraft *to search the memory banks of the mutinous computer HAL 9000 for clues to what went wrong . . . and what became of Commander Dave Bowman. — Without warning, a Chinese expedition targets the same... more » objective, turning the recovery mission into a frenzied race for the precious information Discovery may hold about the enigmatic monolith that orbits Jupiter.
Meanwhile, the being that was once Dave Bowman *the only human to unlock the mystery of the monolith *streaks toward Earth on a vital mission of its own . . .« less
This one goes along a little slower than the first one, but it still quite enjoyable. The ideas presented here are interesting, and they made me wonder "what if?".
Sometimes the story gets bogged down by the detailing of space travel, gaseous anomalies, etc. However, I enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and the realism of the situation.
Not as good as the first, but it still holds up to it - IMHO.
Not totally consistent with 2001 but overall a good book. Somewhat short (<300pgs.) With many pages blank to separate "books". New content is further diminished by repeated text taken from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
If you have read 2001, It is worth you time to read this sequel.