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“Take your earthquakes, waterlogged condominiums, swarms of bugs, colliding airplanes and flaming what-nots, wrap them up and they wouldn’t match one page of Lucifer’s Hammer for sweaty-palmed suspense.”—Chicago Daily News --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004478DOU
- Publisher : Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (September 22, 2010)
- Publication date : September 22, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1073 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 642 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,001 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Science. OK. So how can it possibly rain for 100 days, 24 hours per day, in every part of the world? I hope I don't have to explain how that's not possible. OK I will. The action of raining is part of a cycle of evaporation and rain. Without the evaporation portion (which cannot happen while it is actually raining) you can't have rain. And no cloud can possibly hold 100 X 24 hours worth of rain.
I thought the preacher would be overdone, but he wasn't. Just enough to "get the flavor". Highly recommended.
Ok, yes, its a favorite book I first read forty-odd years ago - By two of my favorite authors. What distinguishes this Audible presentation is the excellent production and performance of the folks on both sides of the microphone.
The narrator never pronounced a word incorrectly in this one.
As with Heinlein's Space Troopers, which heralds the beginning of the futuristic-combat-space-opera sub-genre ... Lucifer's Hammer is the first to introduce this reader to a discussion of contemporary calamity preparedness in a brilliantly portrayed multi-threaded scenario of the consequences of many of the paths open to anyone who wants to think about planning ahead - for 'just in case'...
The mis-pronunciation of words that should be familiar to every college freshman is a real distraction for me as an Audible listener.
My previous foray into Audible books was read by an unfortunate soul who mis-pronounced 'epitome' and 'ensign'. This is just sad.
When the comet hits, the Los Angeles Basin is destroyed by a tidal wave and much of the rest of the world is also destroyed. Survivors in the foothill areas of Los Angeles try to escape and it is basically every man for himself. A few make it to Silver Valley, a small valley at the edge of the giant San Joaquin Valley, and regroup at a ranch owned by a California senator.
All of a sudden society reverts to a much earlier stage were daily survival is at a premium. The most important occupations for men are now farmer and warrior, with most of them doing both. While some women help with defense, their main occupations are housewife and mother. No one initially knows if they can survive the coming winter. Meanwhile a gang of black criminals from Los Angeles and a renegade army unit operating in the valley hook up to terrorize the area. The local farmers and the survivors at the ranch team up to oppose them. The future of what's left in California hangs in the balance.
Tim Hamner, Eileen Hancock, Harvey Randall, Harry the postman, Senator and Maureen Jellison are but a few of the characters that are a little interesting at times, then they are not. We are supposed to really like them, but it didn’t work for me. There are lots more characters that are completely unremarkable and completely forgettable. There is a Harry, a Harvey and a Hardy, and their first and last names are used interchangeably. Very confusing. Eventually a war breaks out between the rag-tag inhabitants of the Stronghold that have learned to embrace the absence of civilization (but long for its return) vs. the very bad guys (cannibals and criminals) led by a crazed preacher that hates progress. See what I mean? Stereotyped. Inconsequential love triangles that sparked no interest in this reader pepper the pages. Because of a couple of storylines that were briefly attention-grabbing, I think the book deserves 3 stars, but I am feeling generous because those few scenes were surrounded by 530 pages of boring, superfluous fluff.
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Classic disaster format. Not Sci-Fi. A diverse cast of well drawn characters; an enormous asteroid on a collision course with earth; a devastating impact; the fragmentation of society in the aftermath, all described in nail bitingly tense detail; some really good science content but above all, a great read.
It doesn't deliver on the emotional level as much as some other novels in the apocalyptic sub genre that I've read. For instance, I think it's more realistic than The Stand, by S King, which for me at least, falls down badly with the unconvincing final confrontation between good and evil and the pointless sacrifices but scores over the odds on characterisation and the writing; it's better written I think, overall than, On The Beach by Shute, but nowhere near as moving or gut wrenching!
That said, it delivers consistently, never stretches credulity, takes you face to face with the end of civilisation and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spotted a few very small typos but otherwise, a good kindle copy
You can also see in this book elements of Cormac McCarthy's history and timeline/influences.