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The Patchwork Girl (Known Space)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  774 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Only one person could have been on the lunar surface... Her name is Naomi Mitchison. She's the most beautiful woman on the moon; she was also the only person who was outside on the lunar surface at the right moment to send a near-fatal laser beam into the chest of the Fourth Speaker for the Asteroids. But she's not a murderer, that much A.R.M. investigator Gil "The Arm" Ha ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 205 pages
Published December 1980 by Charter Communications Inc (first published April 1980)
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Jan 01, 2013 Darth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: niven
I know this is also included in the Flatlander collection, which is also on my shelf, but I chose to read this seperately, mostly for the added funky old school sci-fi illustrations in this edition.

This isnt a very good book. Not a great mystery, wrapped in not a great setting, filled with not very great characters.

This will not call to mind the person of Louis Wu, or spark the imagination like the integral trees. It will mostly take of 2 or 3 hours, and having you saying, "eh"

Gil Hammilton is o
Edward Creter
Gil Hamilton is a detyective with telekinetic powers and an "imaginary" hand that can sift through evidence quickly and easily. His latest case involves a young woman on the moon accused of an attempted murder just as the victim is taking a bath. Can he solve the case and still have quality time with the beautiful 7-foot lunar girl Laura Drury? Filled with drawings, mostly of busty women which throws you off the track but a surprising mystery all the same.
Gil "The ARM" Hamilton is attending a political conference on the moon when a fellow attendee is attacked and nearly killed. An ex-girlfriend is implicated, and Gil has to feel out the truth... literally, at times. You see, Gil has a psychic arm that replaces the one he lost to a meteor. And if he doesn't act quickly, his ex will become an unwilling organ donor.

While I enjoy Niven's Gil stories... I'm not sure they can carry a whole novel. The profuse (and rather trippy, 60's style) illustratio
Adam White
I'm glad this was an quick book to read at 144 pages it was over in a couple of hours. Which I won't get back. No real mystery, predictable, and full of foe angst. That said, I like Larry Niven, and he writes some good science fiction.
Gil "The Arm" Hamilton uses his imaginary left arm to magically produce evidence that will solve the big murder mystery. Gil also uses his "middle arm" to satisfy all the lusty lunar babes. It's CSI In Spaaaaaaaace! Meh...
Mar 02, 2015 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
1985 grade B+
1998 grade B+

Series book GH2
This novel, illustrated in the original editions, features Gil “The Arm” Hamilton, the detective protagonist of the stories in Flatlander (most of which were published earlier in “The Long Arm of Gil Hamilton). A woman is accused of murder and Gil must clear her name before she is executed and ends up in the organ banks.

The novel is rather short but a solid story from Niven at the height of his powers. If you can get hold of one of the original editions, the illustrations are have a nice retro f
Krishna Shah
I love the known universe series becuase you can have stand alone novels that still have a basis in set parameters where things make sense. The storyline was interesting but something was missing--the action I think. The main character was nice but I didn't see the usually tight writing and development of the character.
Shannon Appelcline
Perhaps the best of the Gil Hamilton stories. This one offers up a very classic mystery that's meticulously detailed and well considered. On top of that, you have some great characterization as you see these folks moving through their lives — something that's somewhat rare for a writer of Niven's generation.
Cory Hughart
I saw some less-than-favorable reviews, but I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was better than the last one, but perhaps that's a function of being longer and more fleshed out.
Like most of the Ringworld series, I felt that the overt sexual promiscuity detracted from the story.
This is a sexy sci-fi detective novel set in a future where the moon and the asteroid belt have been colonized. it was written in 1980 but still reeks of the 1970s especially the illustrations. It's not exactly a graphic novel but you can read it in a day. A guilty pleasure.

Great science fiction and great murder mystery, at the same time. Really liked the description of different physics on the Moon, and the futuristic culture and legal issues that are brought up, both of which actually become relevant to the plot.
Mohit Mohan
This isn't a excellent book. Not a great mystery, wrapped in not a great setting, filled with not very great characters. i feel "the boy who played with dark matter" is a decent read
Standard locked room mystery in a less standard location; the moon. Good story, compelling mystery set against a conference on lunar law.
May 20, 2015 Emu rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Interplanetary stud bones three gorgeous ladies of the stars; also happens to solve murder on the side. Ho-hum.
John Lawson
Attempted murder on the moon. Gil "the Arm" is there to solve it. Smoke and mirrors ensue.
I enjoyed this book. It's a quick read with a moderately interesting mystery.
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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
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