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Outies (Moties #3)

3.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  506 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Fixer Asach Quinn is bored and jaded on Makkasar. Librarian Colchis Barthes is winding down his career on Sparta. Governor Jackson is corrupt and scheming on Maxroy's Purchase. Seer Laurel Courter is young and determined. Splintered by distance, competing visions, and outside rivalries, New Utah is forgotten and alone in a remote backwater of Imperial space. Its residents, ...more
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Published December 12th 2010 by New Brookland Press
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The Mote in God's Eye by Larry NivenOuties by Jennifer R. PournelleKing David's Spaceship by Jerry PournelleThe Gripping Hand by Larry Niven
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2nd out of 4 books — 8 voters
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Jennifer Pournelle
Dec 17, 2010 Jennifer Pournelle rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I am saying up front: I'm the author of Outies . Yes, I wrote it. I have to put some number of stars on it. or I can't tell you about it. If I only put one, I'd be lying, and anyway you wouldn't see this.

This is a sequel to The Mote in God's Eye and The Gripping Hand, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and I wrote it on a bet. As in:
"I bet you can't!"
"Bet I can!"
"Can Not!"
"Can TOO!"
If this sounds like childish sibling rivalry, well, I couldn't possible comment.

It's a
Erin Lale
Apr 17, 2011 Erin Lale rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The action in Outies builds and builds. This book is like a song that starts with nature sounds, adds a few notes like rain falling into the music, drums up the excitement with a percussion rhythm and then pours on the instruments and storms on through to a joyful, thunderous crescendo.

Readers of the Pournelle universe will love this sequel to The Mote in God’s Eye. The story sheds light on the origin of the Moties, and the plot turns on science and engineering in a way that will delight fans o
Maryanne Hickston
I really, really liked this. I would have maybe rated it more like 4 stars, but I just thought some of those other reviews were really way off.

I can see where readers who just want to flip pages would not like it, and I would not recommend it to them. It's a more demanding book than that. It gives you an incredible sense of place, and really makes you think about how things might really evolve over time if a world was pretty much, but not totally, cut off. It's way more complex than "I traveled
Feb 15, 2012 Roberto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a mess. There are some good ideas in there but:

1) It desperately needs an editor (example: it uses "composite compound" as the description of a material)

2) Characters appear out of nowhere, and disappear 20 pages later, to never be seen again.

3) The action scenes are so confusing they would make Michael Bay blush.

4) The publisher should put the author's full name in the cover so noone confuses her with her father.
Harv Griffin
Oct 10, 2012 Harv Griffin rated it really liked it
Book Review - OUTIES by J.R. Pournelle

If you read this on a Kindle, before you start reading hit the Prior-Page button a whole bunch of times, until you get to the Cover Art; then, start paging forward. If you don't, you miss the maps and other important background material.

The CHRONOLOGY was not formatted correctly for Kindle: Words in some of the paragraphs extended beyond the edge of the viewing screen on my device.

Even 5% into the novel, I feel this novel ADDS to the Motie Fictional Univers
Jul 13, 2015 Frayedknotarts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astounding the number of negative or minimal reviewers who blithely stated something to the effect that if they'd read the "preceeding 'Outies' books" they might have enjoyed this one better. One can only wonder at the educational system that inflicts such cretins on the general populance and which allows them to review books so far above their level of comprehension.~~~ Expect an easy to read "sci-fi" space opera and you will be disappointed. Just as Dr. Pournelle's father and Mr. Niven created ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It'd been years since I'd read the preceeding novels in this series so it took a while to get back into the story but I'm glad I did as this is a refreshing apin-off/continuation of the original tales.

The story is based on a world called New Utah, which has applied for membership of the Second Empire of Man. Unfortunately, there are some who'd rather that didn't happen and some that didn't even know it existed. Mixed into this is the fact that a goodly number of the local settlers are followers
Ben Shelef
Jun 11, 2015 Ben Shelef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is an independent book in the Mote universe. Barely any commonality in characters, but the timeline is shared.

The author is the daughter of one of the original authors. The cover (at least my edition's) kinda obfuscates that fact, as their names both start with J.

The basic premise is actually very good, there are some good new Motie concepts, but the writing more than makes up for it... It has none of the "tightness" of the two Mote books, too many attempts to details technology that should
Doug Clark
Jan 07, 2011 Doug Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I was so jazzed to find a new book set in the universe of The Mote in God's Eye that I bought it immediately. It starts slow but picks up and gives us a great story set in a fascinating universe.
Jeff Miller
This is a Sequel to to the Mote in God's Eye and the Gripping hand universe. More succinctly it is a sequel to the Gripping Hand by done by Jerry Pournelle's daughter.

The first half of the book sets up a lot of things and to me seem to be disjointed and hard to follow. There were some characters from the previous novels and and continuation of the situation as it stood in the second novel. Maybe I wasn't as attentive as I could be, but the first half was hard to follow for me in that there were
Annie Minsterley
Sep 23, 2012 Annie Minsterley rated it it was amazing
I expected pulp fiction, and got a really pleasant surprise. This is a book for real readers - for people who like to get lost in a fictional world, not just rocket from one plot point to the next. It starts off with four stories, in four locations, and then about halfway through they all come together. I think that works really well, because space travel takes TIME. The characters are beautifully crafted. The author doesn't ever tell you: "dear reader: so-and-so thinks this; so-and-so thinks th ...more
Dave Rankin
Not your father's Motie novel but well worth the read. The author is an academic who does archaeology and anthropology throughout the Middle East and in a prior life worked in military intelligence. It shows and the novel is the better for it. A bit hard to get into but stick with it. Probably a good idea to read the appendices first.
Dec 14, 2014 Duane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series declines in quality from book to book;but the first one was of such very high quality that the floor is four or five levels up. Not quite satisfying as the end of the series, but it probably should be unless some real inspiration comes along. Well-worth the read but a little bit laundry-list, a little formulaic.
The characters are still well-drawn but it's hard for me to get involved with royal families and all of that-the importance of the people lessens the import of the events of t
May 12, 2013 Stephen rated it it was ok
Perhaps it just paled in comparison to The Mote in God's Eye or maybe after The Mote in God's Eye and it's sequels, that timeline has lost some of the allure it once has but this effort by Jerry Pournelle's daughter never really grabbed my interest. Characters fascinating in other books seemed wooden and lifeless and while the author's background as an anthropologist informs her writing nicely nothing much seems to be happening, particularly early in the book. Outies is like quite a bit of Niven ...more
Teresa Carrigan
This is the 3rd book in the "Mote in God's Eye" series, but by a different author. Definitely not nearly as good as Mote in God's Eye (which was superb). The first half of the book jumps point of view characters far too frequently, and among far too many different characters - it's hard to even keep straight which planet a given scene is set on. It's hard to care about characters when the point of view jumps that quickly between them.

With that said, those who loved Mote in God's Eye will want to
Feb 17, 2012 Joshua rated it did not like it
If I could give negative stars I would. What a TERRIBLE book. Shame on the editor... this book made almost no sense. I got the "big picture" but the author needs to literally re-write the entire thing. The author is Jennifer Pournelle, not Jerry. And she needs a big dose of reality - her writing skills suck. SUCK. As in horrible. Too many characters, not enough background on almost everything, use of never-heard-before terminology, and on and on. Please don't read this book, it is horrid.
lawrence perez
Feb 26, 2015 lawrence perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Motor rejoyce

Thought the series was over thank you for entertainment got eleven more words to post so bless all sci-fi readers and writters
Apr 03, 2012 James rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book just doesn't work. It is badly written and badly edited. It is by the daughter of the original author of Mote in God's Eye and just doesn't cut it. I read it on my Kindle and I think it is an ebook only release. I suspect the publisher has not really invested any effort in this one. The big picture and how it links back to the original book is there, but the execution is horrible.
Lukas R
Sep 30, 2014 Lukas R rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moties
Wonderful ideas with a chaotic execution that makes it hard to read. Too many stories that get abandoned for too long... this could have been much better. Anyway, if you started to care about the Motieverse you will read it, for better or for worse.
Apr 19, 2012 Orrin rated it liked it
It doesn't get interesting till 50% of the way thru the book. You pretty much need to have read the earlier books in the series, 'The Mote In God's Eye' and 'The Gripping Hand.' It's about human contact with an intelligent alien species.
Jul 17, 2011 Larry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I just found this work by JENNIFER Pournelle, daughter of the co-author (with Larry Niven) of The Mode in God's Eye and its sequel The Gripping Hand. I look forward to seeing her view of this classic mythos.
May 24, 2014 Art rated it liked it
A fun read by Jerry Pournelle's daughter in the vein of the Moties. Maybe a little more political than Jerry and Larry Niven's books. Recommended for those Motie junkies.

- Rob read it. I bought the eBook.
Jim Van Zandt
Lots of characters and situations to keep track of - a reader must pay close attention. But it maintains the same feeling as the first two Motie books.
May 31, 2011 Gregory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am generally a big fan of Pournelle but I just did not like the lack of narrative. It may have been easier if I had read the preceding Outies book.
Jan 04, 2013 Ratiocination rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is really what you want from a sequel by a different author. It's true to the first two while bringing something new to the series.
Jul 30, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it
It started off a little slow, but when the ball starts rolling the book gets really interesting and hard to put down.
Jan 06, 2013 Harry rated it did not like it
WTH? This book is thoroughly, disappointingly unreadable. I couldn't understand what the author was writing about.
Aug 21, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
character building not as good as her father's; culture building just as good.
May 25, 2015 Charlie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
That may be a slightly unfair rating but I just couldn't get into it.
May 20, 2013 Zach rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Interesting world and science marred by a meandering plot.
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Dr. J.R. Pournelle is an archaeologist and anthropologist best known for reconstructing landscapes surrounding ancient cities. A Research Fellow at the University of South Carolina’s School of The Environment, and past Mesopotamian Fellow of the American School of Oriental Research, her work in Turkey, Iraq, and the Caucasus has been featured in Science Magazine, the New York Times; on The Discove ...more
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