Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
I spent the entirety of this book waffling back and forth between hating it for being a clumsy wad of misogyny and loving it for being a well-crafted picture of a misogynist society. The jerks who wrote it lured me through the whole thing. Damn them!
I love the hell out of some classic sci-fi, but I am fully tired of books where every male character is a bro who struts around flexing and winning at big-dick competitions and every female character swoons, cries, and makes silly woman-decisions. For frig's sake, the book was written in the mid-seventies. That crap was well-out of style by that point.
I'll give Niven and Pounelle some credit for neat aliens, though. I liked the aliens.