Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke is considered on of the classic, must-read books of science fiction. The book has a good plot which is easy to follow and does not make your head ache to understand what is going on (unlike Neuromancer… which I’m still trying to figure out). Because of this, it is a very enjoyable book, but at the same time it seems a bit shallow.
The book starts when the people of the solar system find that an unknown spaceship is entering it’s neighborhood, and then goes on to tell the story of the group of astronauts that, by chance, get to land on this spaceship and explore it. And this spaceship has a lot of surprises for them at each step of the way. There are places where these surprises are a bit dumb and left me with a feeling of “duh, I though of that, how didn’t those smart astronauts think of it”, but other times the surprise was deep and thorough.
On a scale of 1 to 5 I’ll give it a 4. But definitely worth reading and buying.