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The Gripping Hand | [Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven]

The Gripping Hand

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.
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Publisher's Summary

Robert Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read". The San Francisco Chronicle declared that "as science fiction, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the most important novels ever published". Now Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler.

There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior. Each supremely adapted to its task, yet doomed by millions of years of evolution to an inescapable fate. For the Moties must breed - or die. And now the fragile wall separating them and the galaxy beyond is beginning to crumble.

©1993 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    James Lethbridge, AB, Canada 04-02-13
    James Lethbridge, AB, Canada 04-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The sequel matches the first book"
    What did you like best about The Gripping Hand? What did you like least?

    The story is excellent , just like the first book you can get lost in the details and multiple number of characters. Do not expect a summary of events in this squeal, it only mentions events from the first book as the story progresses.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 10-14-13
    ozgribbo Australia 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A worthy follow up"

    Pournelle and Niven have written some great stuff and this is a stand out. For once an alien race (the "moties") that is different and self-consistent is portrayed in a sympathetic light. I would recommend that you read "The mote in God's eye" first but not essential. One of the best Sci Fi novels from the recent era.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamica Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-13
    Tamica Tucson, AZ, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Just not as good as the first"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this book after the first one. It was a fairly miserable sequel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of L. J. Ganser’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance wasn't that bad, the story was the problem.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Too silly on an ending, the characters got weak.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I'd liked it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 01-14-13
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Sequel to "The Mote in God's Eye""

    "The Mote in God's Eye" is one of my all-time favorite science fiction novels. When it appeared it took a truly novel, very anthropological approach to the subject of aliens, and it managed to make the Moties some of the most interesting aliens in the world of science fiction. This sequel picks up the story several decades after the original and spends the first half of the book reintroducing characters, reprising the plot line of the first book, and introducing a few new players (most of them descendents of people in the original). This reintroduction is long, tedious for someone who has read the original, and probably confusing for someone who hasn't. The second half picks up the pace because the Moties are back in the picture, and Pournelle and Niven do a great job of extrapolating the effects that contact with humans would have had on the Motie civilization. In summary, you definitely have to read the first book before you read this one, at which point you should fast forward through the first half of Gripping Hand as fast as your audio player will allow -- or get the WhisperSync version and skim to the middle and THEN listen. Ganser's narration is solid, but not worth the hours of listening required to get to the good stuff.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Calgary, AB, Canada 12-30-12
    Doug Calgary, AB, Canada 12-30-12 Member Since 2002
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    "I was wrong all these years"

    I have never finished this novel despite The Mote in God's Eye being my favorite novel. I don't know if it was my extremely high expectations or I was just judging it too harshly. Well I listened to this and I really enjoyed it and found it to be a decent sequel to "The Mote" I think the reader "who was excellent" really brought the novel to life and greatly enhanced the experience. So thanks Audible I am really glad I listened to this. Well Done!

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    steve pasadena, TX, United States 02-22-13
    steve pasadena, TX, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Maybe its me but I found this difficult to follow."
    Any additional comments?

    It was ok but I had a hard time following the story line a lot of times. There seemed to be a lot of unimportant nonsense mixed in. Perhaps this was the authors method of building depth to the story/characters but I found it derailed the plot.

    The first book was better...however, I found that the author trying to pass creatures that can modify and improve advanced technology as unintelligent animals was more than a stretch.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 01-15-13
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2006

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Solid, but not revolutionary"

    I enjoyed both the story and the performance, but neither left me begging for more. 'The Mote in God'd Eye' should definitely be experienced, first. Don't expect any new ideas or entertaining twists. It's solid scifi, but that's all.

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    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 02-28-14
    gary Tecumseh, MI, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Ah...yeah."
    Would you try another book from Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven and/or L. J. Ganser?

    Yes. It would be nice to have a story to finish this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Story was unsatisfying. I enjoy the Mote universe, but this was nothing near as good as the first book. This was mostly a story of narration, the characters monologging about what was happening instead of actual events occurring. Ending was unsatisfying, little plot, and almost no intrigue.

    I did enjoy Ganser's reading, however; this was my first book with this narrator and I look forward to hearing him again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcus Berwyn, IL, United States 02-01-14
    marcus Berwyn, IL, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Intrafalactic politics and space war."

    A follow on to The Mote in God's Eye. The Mote was a great book. This book, I presume, was meant to draw readers of the Mote. Uf you are interested in monet power empire and space shoot 'em ups, this book is for you. Better yet, read The Fall of the Roman Empire. Fewer scientific errors. No compelling characters here, just interspecies politics and fantasy ship to ship space battles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Famous Pennsylvania 12-08-13
    Jonathan Famous Pennsylvania 12-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good follow-on to Mote in God's Eye"
    Would you listen to The Gripping Hand again? Why?

    Simply put, if you read and like The Mote in God's Eye, you'll want to read this. If you haven't read Mote in God's Eye, you need to read that first. This is a fair follow-on to the original story, not as original (it would be difficult to be), but a good what-would-come-next type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    My only. Complaint. Is that the writing style... is more fragmented, than that of Mote. Clearly one author had a larger part in the first book, and the other this one. I preferred the style of Mote, as this one had a lot of choppy scenes and sentence, enough to become mildly distracting. But the quality of the story is excellent enough and does more than compensate for that weakness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Surprising sequel to Mote in God's Eye"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gripping Hand to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed book.


    What other book might you compare The Gripping Hand to, and why?

    Matrix 3. It answers all the hanging questions of Mote in God's Eye.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reader has a good empathy with the written word.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If it wasn't so long I would listen to it in one hit. But if it was short enough to listen to in one go it wouldn't be as involving or enjoyable. I was happy to listen to this over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    A brilliant sequel, I'm just waiting for Hollywood to realise there are good stories out there without having to re-hash anymore fairy tails.

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    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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    "Doesn't pack the punch of the first book..."

    It's not often that I don't finish an audiobook since I drive and run quite a lot, in the end I just drifted away from this. I may go back to it at some point, for some reason I can't really explain I didn't feel quite compelled to carry on and switched back to podcasts whist waiting for my next two Audible credits.

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