My favorite part of this book is when Dan, the diabetic PhD, packs up and preserves his "civilization rebuilding library" and tosses it into his open septic tank. That's pretty surprising and definitely gave me the impression this was a well thought-out book. I'm not a sci-fi newbie, but I'm not an expert, either, so I appreciated the review of classic titles contained in this description, because it gave me a ready-made shopping list. Among those that I hadn't read yet were:
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Nova by Samuel R. Delany
Corridors of Time by Poul Anderson
Half Past Human by T. J. Bass
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Silverlock by John Myers Myers
King Conan by Robert E. Howard
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
There were other mystery novels in the list that I haven't included here. Many of these were from the 60s and not available on Audible, unfortunately. However, I take this as a personal recommended reading list from Larry Niven himself, and considering his status, it's worth a little extra effort to find them.
I don't know, maybe John Haldeman's Forever War. Mostly because I read them close to each other, but also because they present a stark view of the consequences of humanity's violent streak. I didn't take this book to be quite as negative, tho, since it portrays two sides of it.
The point where I got most teary-eyed was when they discussed the importance of "controlling the lightning". As an engineer, I believe that sentiment was dead on. Since then, I've gotten a kick out of using the phrase "go control the lightning" instead of "break a leg" as a way to say "good luck".
As a fan of apocalyptic fiction, this was a credit well spent. The basis of the story has a refreshing root in actual science (it is Niven, after all), so it comes off as believable in that regard. Some of the characters never felt entirely fleshed out, however, and there are a couple of relatively jarring jumps in timeline.
The premise of any worldwide apocalypse story begs for a multitude of settings around the world. Writing them all would create a never ending story, but Lucifer's Hammer goes the other direction, detailing effectively nothing but one section of California. I'm sure some people appreciate this book for not being The Stand, but I miss seeing something of the world at large.
Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, and it was fun to go back to some Cold War era fiction.
Definitely a good vs evil. There were too many characters with little character development. I had trouble keeping them all straight. SK did it so much better in The Stand.
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.