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The Man-Kzin Wars 2 (Man-Kzin Wars #2)

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The alien Kzinti had almost conquered the humans, but after the initial surprise, the humans fought back with a ferocity the Kzinti had never faced. But that was centuries ago, and the humiliation of lost battles has not faded. The Kzinti are back . . . and spoiling for a fight! Includes stories by Larry Niven, Dean Ing, Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling.
Mass Market Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 15th 1989 by baen (first published 1989)
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This is the first sequel to Larry Niven’s (well, as funder of the series) Man-Kzin Wars, set in a time many millennia in the future in which a race of large bellicose catlike creatures (The Kzin) wages war on mankind, and generally loses. Well, there are many things that can happen in a war, and as seen in the first volume (see my review), interspecies – uh – communication and other forms of intercourse can have wide reaching, complicated effects.

This volume consists of two novellas. The first,
This book really starts off the Man Kzin wars anthologies - since really only the introduction is by Larry Niven the rest are done by other authors as part of the shared universe. the stories really start to examine the relationship of the more ferocious technically advanced Kzini and the humans who they just don't seem to be able to put down. The story Children's Hour was so well received that it was later published as its own book as part of the extended anthology series.
Timothy Boyd
Excellent SiFi stories set in Larry Niven's Known Space universe. Dean Ing continues the adventures of Locklear in "Briar Patch", Jerry Pournelle & S. M. Stirling write and extremely interesting espionage story in "The Children's Hour". Overall a great read with excellent SiFi background and concepts. Very recommended.
A long running anthology series with stories set during the Man-Kzin Wars in Larry Niven’s Known Space universe. Niven started this thing up because while the Wars were very significant in the history of Known Space, he himself was not adept at writing about conflict. Niven has written some of the stories but most are by other authors. The writing ranges from average to excellent. Recommended if you are a fan of Known Space.
Re-Read previously: Aug 2002

Niven shares out his Man-Kzin (humanoid, sentient felinids) Wars world with other writers with fairly good results. I wish I'd dug Vol I out first to refresh my memory of the overall universe.
The Casablanca references in "A Children's Hour" seemed a bit superfluous to the actual story.
Lisa Francis
Second 3 story collection of short novellas by Larry Niven and friends about the Man-Kzin wars set over the course of the 4 wars. The first story of this book, "The Houses of Kzin" picks up where the story "CatHouse" left off in the previous book. Really good! If you enjoyed the first volume, you'll love this one.
A good continuation of the series. The first story leaves off where the second story of the first book leaves off, and the second story gives some background on the first story of the first book. Both were enjoyable, though the second story of this book was a bit tedious at the beginning.
Kevin Driskill
Known space grows and expands with the help of all the big names in sci-fi. The collaboration found here is impressive and fresh while remaining faithful to, and consistent with the original story. It just keeps getting better.
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