Lucifer's Hammer describes the end of civilization as we know it, by the strike of an enormous meteorite. What I found brilliant was how completely believeable the story is: the reaction of scientist and the public to the ever-increading chance of a hit, the belief, the unbelief, the religious craze, and then the very restrained description of the strike itself, followed by the enormous, devastating consequences and aftermath.
Of course it doesn't end there, the description of the reactions of the different characters, the (mostly) loss of civilized behaviour, the choices people have to face, this all set me thinking about how my own reactions an behaviour would be in a similar situation.
Marc Vietor reads it well, albeit sometimes a bit flat, as far as I'm concerned.
Comet damages earth.
The narration--the reader can do many different voices with emotion. The story--what would happen to a group of people in southern California if the earth were directly hit by a comet.
The ability to do multiple voices with emotive nuance.
Mankind did know how fragile the earth was.
I love this genre and having recently listened to Alas, Babylon Swan Song and One Second After I had high hopes based on the good reviews. WRONG! The writing is terrible, one-dimensional and cliched characters that I cared nothing about. It was written in 1977 (not 1957) so I was shocked that women are only there to serve the purpose of the male characters. Ick, I made myself listen until the second section and just couldn't any longer. Waste of a credit
I would and have recommended this book to friends. It was fantastic. Fiction for end of the world buffs and prepping fans. An end of the world saga for the survivalist. Truly amazing in every detail.
The postman - neither rain, nor sleet, nor deadly hammer! Made me think about a need to be useful.
Two words - Thermite Grenades.
I can't stay awake that long. However, I always looked forward to the next part.
The story is interesting throughout and the narrator is perfect for the part.
I like the themes in the struggle between Hamner, Randall, and Jellison on one side (Stronghold) and Armitage (New Brotherhood Army) on the other side.
The Stronghold group adheres to rationality and science and wants to preserve civilization. The New Brotherhood Army adheres to mysticism and fights civilization. Good stuff for fans of Ayn Rand.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
The portrayal of human challenges, of soul searching and of real human response in the midst of the nobility that humans can show.
How it all tied together. There were so many threads going at the same time. Just amazing.
This is my first.
I had trouble getting into this, but once I did I was just enthralled.
I have long been an avid fantasy reader and have resisted sci-fi. Mr Niven has won me over and I will be seeking out more of his work.
Can't say for sure. I think it was the hot neighbor wife that know what she wants and how she's going to get it. Then again the scientist dude that had the forethought to save book. Book last long er than brains......
When you have little spare tie in your day, it is easier to listen to a book while you are driving than find the time to actually read it. In this way it is easier to "read" more books.
I liked the mailman because of his dedication to his job in all the chaos.
The book made me think. I wonder what would happen if a comet were to hit the earth and we were suddenly thrown back to conditions as they were centuries ago.
Yes, I have a few friends who are into survival and end of the word kin of stuff and this book really has some interesting insights into end of the world survival for sure!
I don't enjoy books that bounce around different characters. This book does that a lot! I would have made it focus on one person.
The end is a battle between these religious cannibals. I found that to be my favorite part of the book.
Overall I would say that if you see this book on sale it's a good listen but I wouldn't get this at full price. Its a fun listen if you like the stand, the road, earth abides or really any thing about the end of the world kind of story.
I love to listen. And play music... What more can I say?
I probably will give this another listen someday. It was great when I read it back in the 70's. I expect it will be in 30 more years.
The scenes in the Hammer Lab. I found the line about seeing the earth's shadow through the gassy haze in the tail of Hamner-Brown very visual.
He did a great job with the dialog. It's a bit cheesy sometimes, but then it was written in the early 70's.
No. I listened while I was traveling so it was great in the fact that I was able to ignore the discomforts of travel.
As I mentioned earlier, it is a bit cheesy at times. I was interested to see the slang and cultural differences of the past. So easy to forget how it was. The race and female equality issues are less an issue than they were then, but still remain nevertheless. Well, we have a 2 term black president so something changed. Then there is the whole getting struck by a comet thing. That would be the end life as we know it, if not a complete ending of the human rule on our planet. I suppose It would be interesting to read a sequel. I'd love to learn what type of government would be set up by survivors. Something along the lines of what Allen Steele's Coyote people came up with perhaps? And that struggle for survival would certainly be compelling to learn about. I always find myself asking the question of how would I do in that situation.