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SIMILAR TO PAT FRANK S 1959 ALAS BABYLON IN to Pat Frank s 1959 Alas Babylon in way it focuses on a small group in an isolated rural location and the INS AND OUTS OF HOW THEY and outs of how they alive It got a bit tedious and uite sexist repeated mentions of man s natural instinct to protect the female coming out and how women s lib is now defunct with a few dashes of racism I m also a lot inclined to be forgiving of certain attitudes in a 1959 book than in a 1977 book Throughout this part of the book my opinion dropped down to two starsAround 80% Niven and Pournelle pull out all the stops It s like they figured If they ve read this far they re not going to stop now so we can go all out and pull no punches with what we really think This final part of the book is almost like a satire of right wing attitudes xcept that it s painfully clear that it s in March Violets (Bernie Gunther, earnest I guess that it s a fascinating glimpse intoverything that those of a certain mindset really fear Talking about the nd here so hiding but really I d recommend reading this spoiler instead of the book view spoilerThe finale is a drawn out multi part big Showdown Battle the opposing sides are on one side of course our brave American ranchers The ranchers are White and Conservative although joined by one Exceptional Black Man who literally says at one point disparaging ual rights activists I have all the Water Music euality I vever wanted There are also the two Russians who Revived exist to mention how superior the US is to Russia in oh so many ways and the reformed hippies who have realized that communes are a bad idea Oh at the verynd out of the blue appear some previously unmentioned Noble Indian warriors Oh and don t forget that a point is made that men and women are still different and due to tough times kids have to grow up fast which means that boys fight teen girls are now fair game for middle aged men Politicians and military men who are all physically large that point is made repeatedly feature prominentlyOpposing our Brave Heroes is a diverse rampaging army made up of I kid you not Trade Unionists damn commies Environmentalists Black Panthers Back to Nature types including Hippies and proponents of organic farming and assorted City Folk who are led by a raving preacher who forces them into bloody cannibalistic rituals I mean it seems like it HAS to be a joke But then it s just not very funnyTo top it all off there s a Great Battle to Save the Nuclear Plant from the Mixed Race Horde Bear in mind the reason to save the power plant is not because destroying the plant could result in a nuclear meltdown which would render the ntire area uninhabitable Noooo this is a VERY SAFE nuclear plant and that could never happen due to all the Safety Features No it becomes a symbol of the Light and Hope of All Future Technology Based Civilization which is driven home in a luridly purple death scene in case the readers missed
IT SO WOO HOO THE BATTLE IS WON IT So woo hoo The battle is won It pointed out repeatedly that one should not regard ones nemies as human they re just ants Technology will be rebuilt but until it is it s gonna be A Man s World People will work hard in a manly way accompanied by their strong yet womanly women They will be cooperative but not in a communist way Justice will be harsh And as the cherry on top of this fantasy slavery is reinstated Yes really Woo hoo hide spoile. World novel in years an ultimate one massively ntertaining Cleveland Plain Dealer Take your arthuakes waterlogged condominiums swarms of bugs colliding airplanes and flaming what nots wrap them up and they wouldn't match one page of LUCIFER'S HAMMER for sweaty palmed suspense Chicago Daily NewsAuthor websitesLARRY NIVEN wwwlarrynivennetJERRY POURNELLE wwwjerrypournellec. Yep still a five star read for me
It S Everything As Love for Imperfect Things everything a apocalyptic book should be including very realistic I ve been reading this book for 25 years and I ve probably read it 20 times and I ll read it 20 We control the lightning My God I loved this book Back in high school I thought I wasn t a reader Then I had an English teacher Andy Page who would suggest I read certain books This was the first one he recommendedI found out it wasn t that I didn t like to read It was that I didn t like to read crappy books Lucifer s Hammer is the sci fi book I use to measure all sci fi books against With a memorable band of characters a doomsday clock ticks down along with thexplanation of the odds of the comet hitting the A Heart of Stone earth and shows these odds increasing at a steady terrifying rate Talk about books you never forget I read this in 1982 and I vividly remember reading the comparison of the shape of the comet to an ice cream cone So muchffort went into making the impact of the comet hitting the Earth so tangible and believable that I sat on the dge of my seat reading well into the night for a solid week I didn t know it at the time but so many people were doing the xact same thing This is a
great book I just knocked this one off my top one hundred novels of all time but Ibook I just knocked this one off my top one hundred novels of all time but I it with a heavy heartMemories of a novel sometimes simply don t live up to a re readOn the other hand there are uite a few things about it that are still freaking fantastic such as the science and the motional Impact Of The Comet of the comet Most of the first third of the novel focused on the 70 s modern society with all the strange views common of that time but that wasn t the most striking feature I was humbled by the way they could turn so many flawed and normal people into an pic scene of pathos when they diedI Divertimento even had to set down the novel because the tears prevented me from reading through the meteor crashes or the tidal waves or the mud falling from the sky for weeks You know all those stupid apocalypse movies of the 90 s Yeah this novel STILL does it betterThe rest of the novel was all about sheer survival for those who were left and I was pleasantly reminded of Brin s The Postman that outdid this novel for the post apocalypse rebuilding but props should always be given to those who did it firstGive my children the lightningIt s a good rallying call It s the future scaled down to the bare minimum after trawling the dirt and praying to make it through one winter It s a far cry from Heinlein sggs or Clarke s magic It s realistic or some might say pessimisticBut what Love Is a Fairy Tale else can we say about this great grandaddy of all dystopian futures It s still a damn sight better than most that have come afterven considering the racism possible return to slavery the cannibalism and the wholesale slaughter by mustard gas not Promise at Dawn even mentioning the whole nuclear war between Russian and ChinaI carried Dan Forrester in my heartver since I read this the first time He was the most tragic and glorious character of anyone A second read doesn t really change my opinion I did carry one caveat though He should have saved Dune Stories are just as important as scientific texts I can only pray that later generations would carry it forward after conuering California and finding any intact libraries Of course this was written only a handful of years after. In this bestselling novel by the authors of THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE a massive comet breaks apart and bombards the Earth with catastrophic results worldwide arthuakes volcanic ruptions thousand foot tidal waves and seemingly ndless rain With civilization in ruins individuals band together to survive and to build a new society A MEGATON OF SUSPENSEFUL EXCITEMENT which should Dune so the authors hadn t realized the weight of the public s imagination by that time but they did when it came to the commune filled with LoTR characters Niven and Pournelle really outdid themselves with this one I went on to read the rest of Niven after plowing through this novel but I never did read any of Pournelle s solo work I still think that this novel was the best that ither had written The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery even if I can t honestly say anything about Jerry s work Still a fantastic novel regardless of it s faults Anyone interested in dystopias really needs to read this one There was a time when Larry Niven was one of my favorite authors Of course that time was when I was an immature SF geek who didn t read muchlse Okay I still think Ringworld was kind of awesome And I have fond memories of some of his other collaborations with Jerry I have fond memories of some of his other collaborations with Jerry g Footfall and Oath of Fealty But the last few I have read really unearthed things I didn t notice when I was younger and this one which was one of their arly collaborations really shows its age Lucifer s Hammer is fine plot wise In fact I d say Niven and Pournelle alw The Hammer disregards all pleas not to hurt Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? em There should be a name for the particular type of book that isxemplified by some popular novels published between the late 1950s and the arly 1980s It s very distinctive but hard to describe Some characteristics include an insistence on referring to men by their last names only flat characterization which tends to adhere to sterotypical gender roles a focus on jobscareer as being a key part of identity and a predominance of loveless relationships and adulterous affairs It s than just that though I really have never managed to uite put my finger on it But it doesn t take long to recognize After a few pages I was like Oh it s one of those I also thought throughout reading it that it was published in 1970 not 1977 maybe I saw a bit of misinformation but it feels VERY dated and regressiveStill this started out in the three star range and stayed there for about the first 40% of the book For that section I was strongly reminded of Neal Stephenson s Seveneves to the point where I suspected and still suspect that Stephenson read this book and wanted to do it better Stephenson succeeded if that was the goal Of course the difference is that in Seveneves we re getting hit by moon bits and in Lucifer s Hammer by comet bits but the setup is very similar We see the discovery of the phenomenon the media
Reaction And Start Glimpsingand start glimpsing ffects on the daily lives of a wide range of people including politicians Scraps Of The Untainted Sky experts and average joes There s also the crew up in Skylab There s a huge cast of characters which meant for me in this book that I didn t feelmotionally invested in any of them and for a while the book dragged a bit The way the many characters were handled reminded me a bit of Kim Stanley Robinson s Mars books but those are better written sensing a trend hereWhen the comet hits and disaster strikes things picked up a bit How could that not be The Eric Carle Gift Set exciting Unlike Seveneves we get a typical aftermath The book focuses on rural California and a group of ranchers that pull together for survival initially joined by their dedicated mailman who insists on continuing his route Did this influence David Brin s The Postman If so again Brin did it better As the small deta. Eep readers going non stop cover to cover BooklistA work in the grand traditionven the miracle of Sensurround may be inadeuate to convey all the imaginative reverberations Los Angeles Times A 'Disaster' thriller of rare uality for its Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century expertise and the scale of its apocalypse Strings out the suspense almost unbearably John Barkham Reviews The first satisfyingnd of the. .