Beowulf's Children #(2021)
- Title: Beowulf's Children
- Author: Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle Steven Barnes
- ISBN: 9780312855222
- Page: 134
- Format: Hardcover
Beowulf's Children Best Read || [Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle Steven Barnes] - Beowulf's Children, Beowulf s Children From the authors of the bestselling Footfall comes the long awaited sequel to The Legacy of Heorot Breathtakingly original towering in scope unmistakably authentic in its creation of a complex alien
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The Legacy of Heorot is one of a few novels I have read multiple times It was also my introduction, not only to hard science fiction, but to horror The Grendels were terrifying.The Dragons of Heorot also published as Beowulf s Children is a very different kettle of fish It gets off to a slow start Then it hits a slow middle Finally there is a bit of an upsurge, but then it dies a slow death It s not just that it s a bad book, but it s got too big boots to fill The new generation of characters le [...]
Same as previous part Hollywood movie style But it s a light reading, full of action although a bit improbable on occasion and has some unimportant details stretched too much What I liked most was the interaction between grendels and humans, idea which could have been developed .Anyway, it is an enjoyable story, perfect for vacation or a relaxing weekend.
I grabbed this book because I remembered it being mentioned as a highlight of Larry Niven s bibliography in another of his books That, and the cover was kinda exciting with the gold print and all That said, I wasn t sure I would enjoy this book too much because one of the aspects of sci fi that I enjoy so much is the gadgets, gizmos and high tech in general This was a book about a group of colonists sent out to a planet from Earth who have lost contact with Earth and are struggling to make this [...]
Reading Beowulf s Children I found my self equal parts absorbed and frustrated I enjoyed the setting, no, I loved the setting a beautifully constructed world that the inhabitants were struggling to understand and live in, with lifeforms that struck the right chord between alien and believable Where I struggled was with the protagonist s More specifically the protagonists ages Here we have a community where 16 and 17 year old s have a genuine say in the politics and governance of the community, t [...]
An excellent follow up to The Legacy of Heorot I really wouldn t mind if they did another book set on Avalon, maybe one set a few generations in the future, once the colonists have really started to come to terms with Avalon s unique biodiversity.I also like the snippets, early on, from a speech made by one of the characters on Mary Shelley s Frankenstein having a crypto feminist agenda I wonder if that speech exists in full somewhere.All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable return to one of Niven Bar [...]
mark12ministries.wordpress Beowulf s Children is the sequel to The Legacy of Heorot and is a rich, interesting, disgusting tragedy that has elements from the Book of Genesis, Beowulf, and Oedipus all in one volume Although I have to give the book a Hard R rating, and cannot recommend it to minors, and most Christians probably wouldn t want to read it, it is one of the fascinating, skillful, and complex SF books around It is a coming of age novel, but the young people are super brilliant and liv [...]
I was at like 2 1 2 on this, and I would usually round up not down, but something about this really rubbed me the wrong way Maybe just a let down feeling after liking the first one so much.It started out with lots of my LEAST favorite things in sci fi POLITICS.It is a tiny group of people, light years from Earth, most of the people are under aged, and the leadership cannot keep things in orderA bunch of teens and barely 20 somethings run amok and cause problems, but in a very boring and protract [...]
Suffered from the same cliched social interactions as the first one.Not enough Grendels and world exploring, too much in fighting and superman Aaron.I m a speed reader and I found myself flipping past all the human social boring stuff to get to the parts about Old Grendel.Someone should do a fanfic edit of this and have it just be Old Grendel she was the most interesting part of the book, and honestly, the only character I had any emotional interest in.The first one Legacy of Heurot was better b [...]
This is an exciting read about a group of bright and highly intelligent earth explorers who settle a world they call Avalon which has creatures beyond what they ever experienced on earth The most feared is the grendel and the survivors finally settle on an island they name Camelot where they manage to kill all the grendels As the colony expands, the population divides into two groups The Star Born and the original colonists As the intergenerational conflict escalates, Cadmann finds his leadershi [...]
The sci fi emphasizes exobiology and the attempt at a utopian human colony on the planet Avalon The planet comes alive in the description and the characters are interesting But, how did three separate authors blend this all together Very good.
Disappointing sequel to Legacy of Heorot.
This would ve made a nice short story it needs 350 pages chopped out If I wanted a soap opera, I d quit my job, buy some bon bons, and sit at home with the other ladies.
This is a sequel to The Legacy of Heorot and takes place about twenty years later It moves at a good pace it is still interesting to read and still held my attention The character development is also well done in this book I hated a portion of the ending, but it definitely added to the story despite being so heart breaking I also liked how one of the major characters had some pretty impressive character development despite coming from such an unlikely source There is a lot of free sex and sexual [...]
The monsters in The Legacy of Heorot were bad enough Now the colonists are on the mainland where there s a whole ecosystem adapted around grendels and the grown kids want to explore it And there s a power struggle going on in the colony to see who leads the exploration The first generation is too cautious and probably brain damaged from hibernation on the ship so who can really trust them The second generation doesn t have the power, but they ve got the curiosity and energy And there are a few o [...]
For a book which gripped me as much as this one did I finished it feeling somewhat underwhelmed I think it is because it peaks too early After the climactic confrontation around halfway through the rest of the book seems to be waiting for the social stuff to run its course and for a half decent biology explanation The ecosystem is amazing but it felt like an essay than a novel in places The interspersed Grendel bits seem a little fanciful and slow things down a lot A wonderful bit of world buil [...]
If you liked the previous book in the series, then this one is almost the same Certainly the same style Maybe a little slower, diluted, but don t let that get in the way of entertainment.Will certainly not break any new ground, but it won t be a disappointment either.
One of my all time favourites Almost nudges into a 5 star but not quite a classic but almost.
I found the plot fairly simple, but interesting enough at times I really like stories like this survival, overcoming adversity, exploration, and science so I m a bit biased in my opinion of the book I was super annoyed with how sloppy the editing was It was the most error filled book I ve ever read In one paragraph, they spelled a name Mobutu then by end of paragraph they had spelled it Mubutu There were many errors such as these and while I expect a few no one is perfect this makes you wonder h [...]
It just plodded around until the end If it weren t for the ending I would have given it one star.
The first book Legacy of Herot I really enjoyed, for many reasons which I won t go in to here so you can imagine my eagerness to get my hands on this the sequel to it.I will have to admit I didnt enjoy the book as much as I did the first Yes the book did carry on chronologically from the first book in that it dealt with the colony and the generation that followed on It also dealt with the characters some favourably than others which I think is why i didnt take to the book as much as I had hoped [...]
Fantastic Sequel to The Legacy of Heorot.While most reviewers here were disappointed, I found it better than the first in the series.Anyone into alternate ecological systems should read both of these.As a footnote, I ve found this note online indicating a third book in the series is in the works Larry Niven and Steve Barnes came over just after my morning walk and we had a conference on a notion for a new book in the Avalon Beowulf s Children series We used Skype to call Dr Jack Cohen who has ag [...]
First part dragged, but I did enjoy the hostile world the colonist aimed to settle The Old Grendel was a great presence in this book, but the sociopath Aaron geez, so much time was given to how perfect he was, too perfect ad naeseum Anyway, though it explores intriguing themes of intergenerational conflict and the role of sexual s in society, Beowulf s Children just beat it s dead horses to a pulp I m done, and I m not bothering to read the first in this series, The Legacy of Heorot.
Somehow the first group of settlers forgot to tell the next group that they were all going to die horribly.okay that s not completely accurate, but I am using a little sarcasm here as I felt that a second expedition would have been better prepared for the dangers than they seemed to be in this follow up to The Legacy of Heorot , where all hell broke loose when the colonists discovered the true nature of their local habitat.Great concept and a fun read The worlds, beings, and ideas of Niven are i [...]
This is a vastly different book from its predecessor not that there s anything wrong with that But while the first book had everyone pretty much acting in believable ways, there are a number of times in this book where someone either acts wildly out of character or in a completely ridiculous manner and this seems to increase as the end nears The main thrust of the plot and the ecology of Avalon detailed in this book is fascinating, but it wasn t enough to overcome my issues with characterization [...]
This is the sequel to The Legacy of Heorot LOH was a rip snorting adventure novel not unlike Star Wars or Avatar and by the way, I m not sure why it hasn t been made into a great movie None the less, Beowulf s Children introduces us to the next generation of star born colonists on a planet orbiting Tau Ceti It contains great adventures as they battle the planet s unknown ecology but is significantly thought provoking then the first novel A very good read
This is the sequel to The Legacy of Heorot It s nowhere near as good as the original The Grendels in the original had personality and were scary The species that humans go up against in this one is some insect like creatures Even though they re just as deadly as the Grendels, they just don t evoke the same level of visceral fear like the Grendels.
I found this to be an interesting read, so much so that I started trying to find the book that comes before it However it didn t take me long to realize that the first book is out of print.What I think is the most interesting thing about this book is that years later I still find myself thinking about some of the things that happened in this book and the color blue.
Like its companion The Legacy of Heorot, you don t read these for elevated literary pyrotechnics, you read them for one of the most thrilling adventures ever put to paper Why these have not been made into Hollywood blockbusters is beyond me the suspense is unbearable, the action is edge of your seat don t read these before bed, guaranteed you won t sleep easily.
The premier, the best of the many collaborations between Niven and Pournelle with Barnes A followup to _The Legacy of Herot_, this charts the aftermath of the first interstellar colonization as they expand The rugged individualist, the types of protagonists that Heinlein created so well, are expanded by these authors Strongly recommended.
A novel about the process of colonization of another planet rather than the Aliens like sci fi horror story the first book was Natural threats to the colony form a background, but most of the words deal with politics, the division between the first and second generation and soap opera type teenage sexual drama Readable and interesting, but not the frightening thrill ride the first book was.
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