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Beowulf's Children (Heorot Series #2)
     

Beowulf's Children (Heorot Series #2)

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by Jerry Pournelle
 

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This powerhouse trio of science fiction greats united to further explore the island paradise of Camelot from their classic novel, Legacy of Herorot. A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out for the mainland, this group of

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Beowulf's Children (Heorot Series #2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Upon their arrival on Avalon the Earth Born never fully recovered from the extended hibernation whereas their Star Born children have thrived. The Earth Born have not forgotten their near extinction when they cavalierly tried to colonize the mainland, but almost were left extinct by the monsters as they fled like rats off a sinking ship during the Grendel Wars (see THE LEGACY OF HEOROT); only fast action by Cadmann Wayland saved them. Now young adults the Star Born discuss a second invasion, but while their collective parents object, the youngsters feel they have the intelligence to succeed and dub the elders as cowards. The Star Born have a leader Aaron Tragon, who has no connection to any of the Earth Born; being more removed than his peers who in a collective sense feel for the brain damaged elders. Aaron uses abuse and cruelty to obtain authorization of an invading force to take the mainland. Now the hero of the first Grendel War and his opponent pushing a second war amplify the generational divide; their respective actions will cause further schism amongst the humans as the Grendel monsters remain on the mainland that the colonists desire. The story line starts slow with the Star Born debating what to do about their increasingly feeble parents, but that dialogue is what makes the reprint so timely; due to the false accusations that health care reform includes death squads from those hypocrites who until recently fully supported end of life counseling. The storyline accelerates when Aaron and to a lesser degree Cadmann take control of the plot. The Grendels are a much more fascinating species than they were portrayed in THE LEGACY OF HEOROT; especially with the improbable climax. Still fans will enjoy this social commentary in space that seems as apropos as it was in 1995 when health care reform was debated. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found this book at an Exchange bookstore and read it in 3 days!!!!! i didn't know there was a first one though and i would like to get it soon. the ending made me cry but it had to be! THANK YOU for having it stocked or else i never would have known about the first book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Beowulf's Children. They've created a wonderful, complex world expressing the wonders and horrors of expansionism and relations between generations and even explore the points of conception into intelligence. Save some time to really enjoy this new world.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a natural speed reader since elementary I am the guy that cleans out entire city library systems of all the decent science fiction I can find to read. I purchased this book for 50 cents in the discount bin at a library near my house. Upon finishing this book I found myself wanting my money and my time back. I won't spoil the ending for anyone who might actually want to read it but I do feel a fair warning is in order. As I read it I found myself frequently telling myself, "It can't get any worse than it has been so far. The author has to actually TRY to give the story SOME resolution EVENTUALLY." It then proceeded to get worse. Repeatedly. After a reader finishes a book they should have a sense of satisfaction as if they have just finished a good meal. This left me feeling as if I had eaten low grade, fast acting, truck stop chili. Hard to swallow down and even harder to digest and leaving a person saying, "What the *blazes* WAS that?!?" From the other books by Larry Niven I have read, the man is a very good author in general. This book made me question if he was feeling depressed and suicidal at the time of writing. The setting was fantastic, the potential antagonists in the grendels and nature itself held immense promise, but the CHARACTERS were.....the kindest I can put it is sewage level quality. The ending left me so frustrated I have actually gone online to review this book at a professional retailer under my own name. Something I have never done before. I did this just to save others from the sheer frustration I am now subject to. I am a regular customer at Barnes and Noble and have purchased a fair quantity of books from them, but THIS one...yeecchh. Timothy Bonniwell
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