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Book Title: The Children's Hour|
The author of the book: Jerry Pournelle
Date of issue: November 1st 1991
ISBN 13: 9780671720896
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.66 MB
Edition: Baen Books
Read full description of the books The Children's Hour:This is an odd book: A mash-up of parts two and three of the "Human/Kzin war" series previously released in other forms, according to a note in the front of the book. Unfortunately, the editing left in some of the rehash of part II that was originally written for part III, which makes it the first book I've ever read that retells the reader what they've already read as if it were entirely new information.
It's also a mash-up of a fairly cheesy sci-fi novel with "Casablanca." Besides lifting chunks of plot, Pournelle (or S.M. Stirling, who goes uncredited by Goodreads but whose name is on the front cover) also throws in lots of elements, like a piano player named Sam, selling the cafe to a fat man, characters named Claude (not Raines) and Ingrid (not Bergman). It's an inside joke that gets used well beyond its sell-by date.
There's a plot twist thrown in revolving around a third (and extinct fourth) species that masquerades as science. But essentially it's Magic Beans ... there's an unspeakably alien, unspeakably powerful bit of technology that can be redirected in just one way. It's really unsatisfying, because it throws out everything else that went before in favor of the Magic Beans. Why did this happen? Magic Beans! How about that? Magic Beans! It's just lazy writing.
I've felt like a couple of my reviews have been too critical recently, so I'm going to try to be positive about this one, even though I didn't like it much.
So: This is the greatest semi-comic sci-fi / Casablanca mashup novel recombining two parts of a series featuring lazy writing, ludicrous plotting, stale jokes and bad editing ever ... that I finished on a Tuesday in November.
Read information about the authorDr Jerry Eugene Pournelle was an American science fiction writer, engineer, essayist, and journalist, who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte, and from 1998 until his death maintained his own website and blog.
From the beginning, Pournelle's work centered around strong military themes. Several books describe the fictional mercenary infantry force known as Falkenberg's Legion. There are strong parallels between these stories and the Childe Cycle mercenary stories by Gordon R. Dickson, as well as Heinlein's Starship Troopers, although Pournelle's work takes far fewer technological leaps than either of these.
Pournelle served as President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1973.
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