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Subject: Lucifer's Hammer
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 11:43 PM ET
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Picked this book up here and thought it sounded good. I'm on page 97 and it's not holding my attention. I know it's alot of background with lots of people to cover but please tell me this book gets better. I hate to not finish a book. I've just started reading SF and what I have read has been wonderful. Please let me know if I'm wasting my time or if I should just dig in and it will be worth my wait.
Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 7:27 AM ET
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Interesting...this book was recommended by a lot of people, even those who don't typically read SF.  I just ordered it myself and I'm looking forward to it.  Unlike yourself, I do read a lot of SF, and Niven's own bok The Mote in God's Eye is one of my all-time favorites. 

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 3:40 PM ET
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My husband read it and enjoyed it, when it first came out but he is a die hard SF fan ......

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 3:01 PM ET
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Funny, but I just dug that book out of my basement collection to reread this week.

I read it quite a while ago but I remember it as one of the best disaster books. Maybe it takes a while to get going...I don't remember about that anymore.

Let us know what happens - finish it or not. 

And I understand - I hate to put a book down too! 

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I'm still reading. I'm on page 276 (almost halfway) and it's getting good. I guess my real problem is none of the characters are very likable. This is just my opinion. I'm sure I'll get blasted by someone who just loves this book. I am glad that I kept reading. It is a interesting read but I don't think I'll want to reread it so will post it when I'm done.
Subject: Lucifer's Hammer
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:20 PM ET
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I do hope that CindyM did end up enjoying this book. I loved it for its 'survival' theme - how humans probably would react if they were quickly tossed 'back' into a less industrialized time. I found this book to be superior to Brin's The Postman and also on par with The Castle Keeps by Offutt (out of print).

Interesting that Cindy's remark about the characters. This book is a collaberation of two authors - Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle. Together they made a good book, but when I read each as solo authors - one wrote great stories with 'flat' characters while the other wrote great characters in ho-hum stories. Perhaps the fact that this book had a LOT of characters didn't allow for any one or few to 'shine' thru?

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 5:00 PM ET
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Katcha, funny you should bring that up...the first Niven book I read was Achilles Choice with Stephen Barnes, and I didn't like it.  It was a long time later, but I picked up The Mote in God's Eye and I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read.  Since then I also read Niven solo, and thought he was OK, but I agree, the collaborations with Jerry Pournelle seem to be the best. 

Anyway, I got my copy of Lucifer's Hammer.  I have a lot in my TBR pile, but I'll update when I finish it.

I'll have to read The Castle Keeps as well.  I have a copy, but haven't read it (probably came with a lot I bought for something else). 

Subject: re The Castle Keeps
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 11:57 AM ET
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Matt, its so wonderful to hear that you have a copy of The Castle Keeps. I have added it to my Wish List here. Hope you do a review of it while its fresh in your mind.

Cheers, Katcha