This is a long book (24 1/2 hours on audio), which I think could have been trimmed a little. I found it hard to keep all the characters straight. That said it was an engaging book, leaving many pictures and ideas lingering in my mind. The first third is about the approach of the comet, the middle about the hit and immediate aftermath, and the last third covers time a little further out and who people deal with everything being changed and the loss of most modern conveniences and government.
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yes, its that good
I red this book 20 yrs ago, it made my day to see it was on audible. Great story
I ran across this book after doing an internet search for books about world ending or apocalyptic events and I'm glad I did. There are not many books that deal with the details of what happens after such an event versus leading up to it or preventing the event all together. Even though this book was written in the 70s before cell phones and the internet, or personal computers in general for that matter, it still works. In fact it might work even better because of the time period.
Either way the author does a great job developing the many characters in the book giving their individual account or perspectives of how the events impact their lives. There are those who do nothing and those who heed the warnings and prepare and just the right amount of detail is provided to setup the various stories and make them plausible. As the focus narrows to a smaller playing field it just feels right. The narration is on par with some of the best as well.
I hated to see this one end. I put this at the top of my personal list of books in this genre and can recommend it highly to anyone who finds this subject as fascinating as I do.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
A fabulous book and story line. Loved it and wish there was more of it. Great stuff !!
I enjoyed this book much more than the other works by this writing team. Though some of the content is dated on retrospect I found a commonality with the characters. Unlike some insane Michael Bay version of a possible world ending disaster this story focuses on a core group of characters. I liked the believable and approachable nature of the writing. As a SF fan I tend to lean more towards the "this could happen" story line and this is a home-run. The end of the book feels a little rushed as though a cap was thrown on during the development of a different end point.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and might revisit it.
This was one of the the first serious stories depicting an earth wide catastrophe and it still stands as one of the best. The novel takes the reader form the first hints of impending cataclysm, through the apocalypse, and all the way through to the survivors trying to rebuild society. It starts out strong and stays strong all the way until ALMOST the end. At that point it becomes a little fluffy. The book was written in the 1970s and race relations as well as the role of women is a little out of date. This reflects heavily in the somewhat disappointing ending. The book seemed to need a bout 50 more pages to satisfactorily wrap up, instead it seems a somewhat abrupt ending.
No. I wanted to listen to it in 3 sittings: awaiting the cataclysm, going through the cataclysm, and then surviving the aftermath.
Husband, father of two, IT support for large generic Pharma company, I am a gamer, and a Fantasy, SciFi lover.
After finishing the book "Swan Song" (Fantastic book) I decided to listen to this book. I have been very pleased, and have enjoyed the fact that this was written in the 70s. As I was a kid in the 70s I was able to place my self there. Also I felt it followed the disaster movies of that time, ware there is a large build up of the story, and then the after math. The book brings a hole bunch of people to the reader, each with a story. I would recommend this to any one who likes the post apocalyptic time. I would also suggest you read this then read "Swan Song". I think it would have been easier for the people in the 70s to make it over the people in the 2010s.
I've never read the print.
Well, this story is dated. Propaganda from the 60's is highly present.
1) The soviets claim it odd that Americans build the same device in multiple factories to different specifications. But the soviets always had at least two (or more) aircraft/automobile/etc factories producing similar goods, which is similar to the US.
2) Nuclear power plants were believed to be safe if they could be turned off. But in reality we all NOW know that nuke reactors can take years to cool down. If the nuke reactors in the story had been submerged in water they would have exploded.
3) The mustard gas that is used in the book immediately incapacitates an attacking army. Well...mustard gas takes anywhere from 12-24 hours to
He did a good job with it.
This is good science fiction. But the story fails to deliver in the final chapters. It's like watching a marathon runner who is within eye sight of the finish line give up and not complete the race.
When I pick up a Larry Niven novel, I know what I am going to get in terms of pacing. I know that he will laboriously build the world, often at the expense of character development. And when he is building his own world as with Ringworld or Mote in God's Eye, there is so much to fill out that you don't mind that his male characters are merely tired archetypes and his female characters are stereotypical and helpless.
But in Lucifer's Hammer, most of the world is already built for him. Earth: just give us the technological differences, a few references to alternate historical moments and any unique social twists. For a savvy science fiction reader that is all you usually need. But Mr. Niven draws is out with the same detail and pacing as though he were building a complete universe. It quickly becomes tiring.
I applaud Marc Vietor's valiant effort, but it seems that nothing could make this book interesting to listen to for 24 1/2 hours.