Monday, October 13, 2014

Lucifer's HammerLucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So I really wanted to like this book. It had all of the criteria that I look for in a good sci-fi read. Plus it had a giant comet hurtling toward earth on a collision course. What's not to like about that? And then I started to read it and began to become distracted with what I perceived to be not-so-subtle tinges of racial prejudice. For instance, one of the black characters is hosting a barbecue and of course the old fried chicken joke gets rolled out by one of his white buddies. Then, in describing what this character's wife looked like, here's how Niven went about it ...."She was tall, and very black.". Huh? Very black? Why is that even necessary to say? Another black character also quite liberally used the word "honky" throughout the entire book.

Really? Is this how Larry Niven thinks black people actually speak? Of course, the final straw for me was when after the comet struck and civilization was in great upheaval, a marauding pack of individuals began terrorizing the survivors of the catastrophe and even resorted to cannibalism. Three guesses as to what race these individuals were? Ding Ding! You're a winner!

This was the first and probably last Larry Niven book that I will ever read.

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