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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?
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.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
"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.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
In short - I was somehow disappointed in the book.
I had a unique situation, as I already had read the book once in paper format but as the first one (I read the first part of the series after this second part only - somehow started the other way around). So - the first time I loved the book - a lot! Then came a big pause (several years) until I got to read the first book of the series, liked it quite well and decided I had forgotten all about what happens in the second part, so let's read it again!
Well, somehow now it seemed that the first part was much more interesting and the main reason is that the story there moved much quicker. In this book - the Gripping Hand - half of the book or more you are waiting and waiting for some action to start at last, you are bored to death with descriptions of all the Imperial laws and casts and royals and lords and who knows what. Who cares, really??? Give me the aliens already! And when you get them and you already had read the first book, you don't have much of any surprises there left for them, and there seems to be much less interesting interactions with humans there as it was in the first book. So, maybe reading the first book, spoiled the second one... but it shouldn't be like that... so the only conclusion is that the author went wrong somewhere.
So - maybe, if you choose to read it as the only book of the series, it will still be a good choice. But I guess, you should better pick the first one.
I can't rate it bad though, as I loved it the first time I read it. And I liked the narrator, too.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is the sequel to "the mote in god's eye" which was a brilliant book that left me wanting to know more about the odd civilization of the Motie race and the humans interaction with them. This book provides that little extra something. It was satisfying to rejoin the story, set some years after the original, but sharing most of the original protagonists, while adding in many new to the mix. It lacks some of the tension and drama of the first book and is perhaps more politically focused regarding the various factions but all in all was an enjoyable listen and well read by the same actor. I would recommend you listen to to the books in order, although it is possible to follow this story in isolation.
I'm hoping for a 4th book now as my interest in this particular universe has been reignited. A good wrap up to the other books as the moties could never really be kept in forever. It's the how and what that makes the story interesting.