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They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won.
Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured — a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.
The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. The Game of Love and Death enthralled me the first time I read it, and in re-reads, I feel the same way. Her writing still strikes me as achingly beautiful, and the story is so unique. Plus a tale of polar opposites always gets me. I love it. My opinion of the book is still strongly positive, but you can read the original review here. All three of these books were indulgent re-reads for me, and I was so excited to revisit these words and give the books themselves a little more screen time on the blog. All three are books I really enjoyed overall even on a second read.
I'm a big fan of Larry Niven and Jerry Purnelle, I was listening to the audiobook version of this book but just couldnt get through the first half. Somehow the storyline and characters just didn't engage me. Also it took me too long to figure out the basic stuff about the world the book was written in. Can definitely recommend other Larry Niven and Jerry Purnelle books, but not this one. Jun 04, Dodie Reed rated it really liked it. This was quite the page turner! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It is about a young man named Whandall Peacehold who lives in a town that periodically is set on fire as the citizens are possessed by their "fire god". Whandall wants to leave and have a different life and this is his adventure. Apr 28, Parker Little rated it it was amazing. I read this book several years back while still in High School. As that chapter of my life closed, I wanted to reread some of the books that I thoroughly enjoyed, this being near the top. Niven and Pournelle created more than just a story, they created a complex polytheistic world filled with strife.
The plot follows Whandall Placehold, a Lordkin with a nact for curiosity. We watch him grow from a sneaky child into a warrior with both strength and sharp mind. An engaging story left me wanting to I read this book several years back while still in High School. An engaging story left me wanting to read more. The book can be read with several lenses in which to focus on. An amazing story filled with magic, action and the struggle to survive.
Or, Los Angeles in the late 's. A city of drugs and gang violence. No matter how you choose to read it, you will be glad you did. I am not sure what I expected, but this was not it. In my opinion, the story was sketchily developed, moved at a snails pace and did not carry the reader. When I read science fiction, my hope is always to be swept into the story and be left feeling I had had a new experience. It was a slow go.
Feb 09, Jacob Beckstead rated it it was ok. The story is really jumpy and I felt it was disjointed. Aug 31, Ken Hammond rated it it was ok Shelves: lost-interest. Jul 30, Brian Gaston rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , fantasy. Sometimes the characters in a book just don't grab you. This was that book for me. Apr 23, Phil Redman rated it liked it. A good story rooted in mythology. Entertaining as you would expect, a bit all over the place, but enjoyable and light.
Copy of my Launchpad review from Niven and Pournelle have taken pre-Columbian evidence and legend and woven it into an enthralling fantasy. The plot revolves around Whandall; a member of an ethnic grouping called Lordkin. Three groups live in the city of the title: the Lordkin, who are socially criminal; they exist by stealing what they need, and pass the days in family and gang politics; the kinless, who work hard and build, only to have their possessions 'gathered' by the Lordkin; finally, Copy of my Launchpad review from Niven and Pournelle have taken pre-Columbian evidence and legend and woven it into an enthralling fantasy.
Three groups live in the city of the title: the Lordkin, who are socially criminal; they exist by stealing what they need, and pass the days in family and gang politics; the kinless, who work hard and build, only to have their possessions 'gathered' by the Lordkin; finally, the Lords, who live in a walled enclave, with riches beyond a Lordkin's dreams. Every several years, the Lordkin are consumed by group madness, and commit mass acts of arson; this is seen as possession by their god. Overall I enjoyed this book. It had a really good story line which kept me reading and there were some interesting in a good way ideas in the world, in terms of settings and gods in particular.
However, I didn't get very attached to any of the characters. The writing style was a bit strange; at times it felt okay as it felt like it could be the way in which the main character thought and spoke but at other times I found myself having to re-read a few sentences to work out what it meant. Definit Overall I enjoyed this book. Definitely worth a read though. Nov 30, 3sm3 rated it liked it.
The first book I've read by these authors, chosen because I'd heard so much about Niven. I was really captivated in the beginning, coming to understand the world through the young protagonist as he slowly figured out how it worked, but by the time he hit middle age things stopped being new and I got bored.
The world was fascinating, the characters too, the plot less so for me. The audiobook narration was fine, though occasionally the characters' voices got confused in conversation. Reasonably entertaining. The first of the two sections starts slow and the verbals tics of the world of the lordkin, at least as rendered in the audiobook, were fairly annoying to start.
Eventually the pace of the narrative and the strength of the characters won out. I almost stopped listening halfway through the first half but am glad I didn't.
Several characters are memorable enough to stick with me for a while. Dec 01, Bo rated it liked it. I'm rereading this, and not for the first time, because Niven remains a great worldbuilder and, I suspect, a really smart guy. He's not a pretty writer, his sentences do the work and no more.
He's not down with emotional subtleties and great description. But his protag here is smart, curious, ever learning, and in so doing gives us a fabulous window on the peculiar society he grows up in.
I think I'm just not a Larry Niven fan. This book like the other two I've read was just okay. So much of it seems absolutely boring to me and it takes me ages to get through the book because I'm just not jazzed up to read it. The climax of the book really wasn't that climatic, sort of like the rest of the book. Rally good fantasy book. A little weird at the beginning, but when you start to understand the characters society it becomes really enjoyable.
A world at the brink of a change because of the shortage of a non-renewable resource that is an analogy tho our present. Even if you ignore this message it's a recommended book. Aug 16, Steven Cole rated it liked it. The story of Whandall Placehold, and how he grows up and becomes successful.
It's another one of those "life journey" novels that I seem to accidentally start reading. It takes a while to get going, and never really gets me too excited. Dec 09, Cbase rated it it was amazing. Sometimes you encounter books that you read, forget but remember every year. This book is one of it. The first pages are cruel, but they are all necessary for the payoff and the payoff is good! Read it! Apr 17, DaveA rated it liked it. A very good book. It kept my attention and interest throughout. Jun 26, Dan Smyth rated it it was ok.
This is really a milieu piece, and I'm not big into stories like that. I tend to like things that are more character-related. Writing is decent, but the story just plodded along doing not much of anything at all that was interesting to me. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. About Larry Niven. Larry Niven. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths Laurence van Cott Niven's best known work is Ringworld Ringworld, 1 , which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards.
The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths. Niven also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes The Magic Goes Away series, which utilizes an exhaustible resource, called Mana, to make the magic a non-renewable resource.
Niven created an alien species, the Kzin, which were featured in a series of twelve collection books, the Man-Kzin Wars. He co-authored a number of novels with Jerry Pournelle. In fact, much of his writing since the s has been in collaboration, particularly with Pournelle, Steven Barnes , Brenda Cooper , or Edward M. Ohitekah, a boy from the plains, is chosen by his tribe to go on a vision quest which will decide his destiny.
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