Saturday, March 1, 2014

Just Finished LUCIFER'S HAMMER by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and All I Can Say is Wow!


I'm not lying, WOW is really all I can say about this fantastic apocalyptic thriller.  It is, by far, one of the best novels I have ever read.  And when put into the category of  End of the World tales, I say LUCIFER'S HAMMER is right up there with THE STAND by Stephen King, which I have always considered to be the greatest apocalyptic novel ever.  Others may disagree, but that won't change how I feel -- unless they recommend something that does end up being better (and if there is something better out there, I'd love to read it because there is no greater pleasure in life than sitting down with a fantastic book).

Actually, I might just rank this one better than THE STAND, though I'm not fully sure on that given how long it has been since I read THE STAND.  So, until I revisit it, I can't say with absolute certainty which one is the better of the two.  Perhaps they will have to share that number one spot.

And now let me go back to the idea that there may be even better 'End of the World' reads out there.  Does anyone have any recommendations?  If so, please don't be shy.  Without a recommendation to read LUCIFER'S HAMMER, I would never have known about the novel's existence, which, given how great of a read it was, and how popular it apparently is, is quite shocking to me.  How could I, a person who reads several books a week, and who loves these types of novels, never before have come across this novel?  It doesn't make any sense, and now makes me wonder, what else have I been missing?  And not just in the 'End of the World' category of fiction?



3 comments:

Scott said...

Hi, Bill, I love post-apocalyptic, end of the world type novels. I've read a few. Check out my list from Listmania: My End of the World Bookshelf. I don't have stuff like ON THE BEACH or EARTH ABIDES on there even though they're classics in that subgenre. But you might recognize the last - I got the recommendation for that one from you...

Scott said...

PS: Loved LUCIFER'S HAMMER. It comes at the end of the world from a less-mystical, less-supernatural direction but it works really well in my opinion. Niven and Pournelle also wrote one called FOOTFALL that has aliens destroying the Earth as a habitable place for humans....sort of like BATTLEFIELD: EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard but less wordy...

William Malmborg said...

Hi Scott, that is an intriguing list you have, one that makes me realize there are far too many titles I have yet to read in the End of the World category. And that last one on your list, what a fantastic start to a series, if I may say so. I need to jump back into it. I have lots of Brett's work on my kindle, but keep getting distracted by the old paperback horror finds that I get from the used bookstore.

Ooo, I will have to check out FOOTFALL. That sounds like a fun one as well. I may actually seek out all of Niven and Pournelle's work given how much I enjoyed LUCIFER'S HAMMER.