Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Man-Kzin Wars 2” as Want to Read:
The Man-Kzin Wars 2
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,297 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Man-Kzin Wars 2, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Man-Kzin Wars 2

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,013)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 26, 2013 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 08, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 10, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2009 Tracey rated it liked it
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
Aug 09, 2013 Lisa Francis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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.
Jul 24, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2014 Kevin Driskill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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.
Shepherd Thoenen
A true sequel
Joyce rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2016
Brent Frye
Brent Frye rated it it was amazing
Jul 23, 2016
George marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2016
Pete Caron
Pete Caron marked it as to-read
Jul 21, 2016
Ray marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2016
Dudley rated it really liked it
Jul 19, 2016
J marked it as to-read
Jul 18, 2016
Andy marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2016
Matt added it
Jul 17, 2016
Matthew Bates II
Matthew Bates II rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2016
Mark marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2016
Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor rated it liked it
Jul 14, 2016
Douglas Raymond
Douglas Raymond rated it really liked it
Jul 02, 2016
Christopher marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2016
CC rated it liked it
Jun 19, 2016
Westleigh Quattrone
Westleigh Quattrone marked it as to-read
Jun 14, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 67 68 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Destiny's Forge (Man-Kzin Wars, #11.5)
  • A Darker Geometry (Man-Kzin Wars, #7.5)
  • The Burning Eye (War World #1)
  • The Fleet (The Fleet, #1)
  • Drakas!
  • Alternate Generals
  • Midas World
  • Grantville Gazette II (Grantville Gazette, #2)
  • The Unconquerable: Bolos 2
  • Berserker Man (Berserker, #4)
  • Bill, the Galactic Hero on the Planet of Bottled Brains (Bill, #3)
  • The Corridors of Time
Laurence van Cott Niven's best known work is Ringworld (Ringworld, #1) (1970), which received the Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. The creation of thoroughly worked-out alien species, which are very different from humans both physically and mentally, is recognized as one of Niven's main strengths ...more
More about Larry Niven...

Other Books in the Series

Man-Kzin Wars (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Man-Kzin Wars (Man-Kzin Wars, #1)
  • Man-Kzin Wars 3 (Man-Kzin Wars, #3)
  • Cathouse
  • Man-Kzin Wars 4 (Man-Kzin Wars, #4)
  • The Children's Hour (Man-Kzin Wars, #2.5)
  • Inconstant Star (Man-Kzin Wars)
  • Man-Kzin Wars 5 (Man-Kzin Wars, #5)
  • Man-Kzin Wars 6 (Man-Kzin Wars, #6)
  • Man-Kzin Wars 7 (Man-Kzin Wars, #7)
  • The Best of All Possible Wars

Share This Book