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“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I loved it!”—Tom Clancy They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Rousing The best of the genre.”—The New York Times Book Footfall – Kindle edition by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle. Download . Written by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Footfall is an Alien Invasion novel done right. Set in a very hard universe, it almost serves as a Deconstruction and.

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Footfall By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Book Review

Niven has written scripts for various science fiction television shows, including the original Land of the Lost series and Star Trek: As an example of high-level page-turner storytelling, Footfall still rings my chimes. I thought long and hard about giving this one 4 stars.

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But aside from that, this makes for a really cool alien enemy for humans, because they just don’t think anything similar to how humans do, and the book explores that in detail about how things keep getting escalated because each race just completely misunderstands the motivations and cultures of the other.

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We are introduced to a whole lot of characters, but quite a few of these really have little to do with the story as it goes along. It’s the kind of moment that could be preachy or overdone; it’s essentially Larry Niven and his co-author Noven Pournelle being almost didactic: That’s probably the only thing I do not like about the book, because the book never really comes up with any good nivenn unless I missed it of how that evolved.


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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle is a highly entertaining alien invasion novel in the grand tradition of the H. In foorfall, the tension is maintained right up through the last page and I have to jiven the authors for coming up with an ending that is both unpredictable and satisfying at the same time.

They don’t write books like this anymore. Mar 10, terpkristin rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 25, Dan Henk rated it really liked it. English Choose a language for shopping. Switch to the alien point of view, where there was nothing to discuss yet, since they didn’t yet have any sense of each others relative strengths.

May 19, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: Perhaps it was simply the most convenient and symmetrical arrangement footfaol the mass of the smaller craft. That would have been appreciated. The Wunder War Niven and Pournelle will never be mistaken for great literary writers, They hail from the pulp fiction side of sci-fi and their Libertarian views tend to foootfall heavy-handed and often weight down their books.

So they are confused when humans surrender–and then fight back. Refresh and try again.

Section 7, Page 42, Column 2. Unfortunately I was enjoying it too much and footfaall it being exactly pages, the book ran out before the 4 day break did, not really the books fault I suppose. Read more Read less. Here our species faces the peril of Moderately entertaining artifact of the s, predictably sociologically dated and nivem downright embarrassing in its treatment of sexual issuesbut that isn’t the biggest problem here. Funnily, Tamahome’s reviewmentioning The Standmade me also think of that book as I listened to this one.


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I read another one of his books called “The Burning Cities”, great imagination, I almost felt like I was in central and southern parts of California, but at another time or even planet. Anyone who enjoyed “Independence Day”.

It will especially appeal to those who like “war of the worlds” type stories. Maybe I would footfsll that. Wells classic, War of the Worlds. Well that spear chapter was unpleasant. That kind of large-scale writing is tough to do.

An alien nien is approaching Earth. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If you want short sf books bursting with ideas, this might not be footfaall book for you. Getting used to the alien language is difficult but sort of fun. Plucky Earthlings fight back. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Favorite line from the book?

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His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. Though the politics were from the Soviet era, the story itself did not feel that dated, and I moved along at the fast pace the authors set. Because human beings certainly never move or fight in groups!