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The Ringworld Throne (Ringworld #3)

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Something is going on with the protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed, vampires are massing, and the Ghouls have their own agenda. Each race has always had its own protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a protector.
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Published November 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 1996)
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Ben Babcock
Once upon a time, a science-fiction author wrote a novel about a Big Dumb object. It would go on to win the trifecta: the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for best novel, not to mention become the iconic novel about Big Dumb Objects. It is now, essentially, a classic.

Fans with engineering degrees from MIT decided to crunch the numbers and ask difficult questions about how this Big Dumb Object could actually work the way the author said it works. Because that's what fans do. However, the author dec
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Ric

(2013 was turning into a stale year for SF. That summer, I really needed the solace of good, hard SF to escape, if just fleetingly, some harsh realities, same reality having given me long days and nights to read and listen. So, without really making a decision to do so but compelled by circumstances, I started a re-read of the Ringworld series. The publication history of the series was such that one book came out every ten years, on average. And so each book read provided a reflection of a deca

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Graham Crawford
Everyone says this book is rubbish, and it really is. The last third is stupidly complicated - a pea and shell trick with teleporters that goes on for so long the author looses the peas and the plot.

The first half is really a short story with side characters that has been stretched out to fill a novel. I could almost cope with a soft porn alien vampire novella (True Blood in space!) - almost. Except it's the same sex over and over again. And it's relentlessly male heterosexual wish fulfillment -
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Jacob
The entire first half the book is completely unnecessary and the whole book is incredibly hard to follow (a problem I had all previous books too). Niven doesn't have a great talent for clearly describing environments his characters are in. I found myself reading and re-reading and re-re-reading things over and over again. He seems to contradict himself in his imagery often and that causes my imagination to come to an aggravating halt.

The first half of the book barely involves the main characters
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Benjamin Duffy
I believe it was Isaac Asimov who said that in true science fiction, the setting is the real protagonist. In this third Ringworld book, Niven is finally arriving at that stage; there's frustratingly little of Louis Wu (undoubtedly Niven's most interesting and compelling character) in the first half of this book, so it was slow going for me until the Ringworld itself roped me in. By that, I mean that eventually I kept pushing forward, not because I cared what happened to the people, but more beca ...more
Jona Cannon
Luis Wu is self-marooned on ringworld, and seems to be thought of as a wizard or a god depending on how primitive the education of the species you talk to. He is not through punishing himself for saving 95% of the people of ringworld by sacrificing the other 5%. Can a god find redemption for his sins?

I'd heard from other fans that this was the least favorite of this series, and I agree. It was hard to follow, and not a great story. It kinda felt to me like Niven just wanted to bang out another b
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Katherine
I was excited to find this book, because I hoped Niven had something new to say about the Ringworld. Well, he didn't. In fact, I almost gave up after the first hundred pages or so, because I found it so deathly dull.

The first half of the book deals with a whole slew of characters, most of whom never appear again, hunting vampires. I'm not sure what this was supposed to accomplish in terms of plot structure. It was, frankly, boring and seemed to serve no purpose other than to let Niven mention th
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Mars
The downhill trend of the series continues. In and of itself, it's a fairly acceptable book, but it's worse than Engineers (book 2). Action jumps around, the whole vampire hunter thing to which half the book is devoted leads essentially nowhere, a crew of 4 (which is easy to keep track of) plus no-more-than-2-at-a-time auxilliary characters is gone, replaced by dozens of characters, many of them with 6-syllable names, most of those entirely unpronounceable...

Random junk words are introduced, whi
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Jose Vera
“Trono de Mundo Anillo” es uno de esos libros en los que se espera mucho y terminan decepcionando.

Aunque hace muchos años que leí tanto “Mundo Anillo” como “Ingenieros de Mundo Anillo” las aventuras de Luis Wu, Chmee, Teela Brown, Nessus e Inferior las recuerdo con esa nostalgia especial que dejan las buenas historias. Empecé este libro con la idea de una continuación acorde a lo que había leído y aunque en términos generales la historia no esta mal, no esta al nivel de las otras dos novelas.

En
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Booknerd Fraser
This was a disappointment. I mean, Niven knows how to get you to turn the page, but the first part of the story is about characters I'm not really attached to, and the second part was something of a rushed train wreck. It's the opposite of over-written, it was under-written
Tomislav
This is the sequel to Larry Niven's award-winning Ringworld, and his pretty-good Ringworld Engineers. I re-read those recently, and am now reading the next sequels for the first time. Throne (#3) is a big disappointment. The contribution of this book to the overall series could have been made in two short chapters - one about Valavirgillan's war with the Vampires, and one about Louis Wu and Hindmost and Acolyte's war with all the rival Protectors. But the two stories as stretched out in this boo ...more
Harvey
Rishathra. Endless rishathra. I'm over it Larry! Write about something else.

Very disappointing.
Casey
What did I just read? This story read like the wish fulfillment of a 14 year old boy who got laughed at because of his size.
"Mating has consequences. A hominid's response to mating is not of the mind. Rishathra has no consequences, and the mind may remain in command. Embarrassment is inappropriate. Laughter is always to be shared. Rishathra is entertainment and diplomacy and friendship, and knowing that you can you always reach your weapons in the dark."

Oh rishathra, that funny little word that
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Phil
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Tim
This is the third of four “Ringworld” books by Larry Niven. It chronicles basically two series of events: The forming of a coalition of various hominid/human races to battle against a proliferating vampire race, and the further adventures of Louis Wu and his merry companions, Hindmost, the Pierson’s Puppeteer, and Acolyte, a Kzin, son of Chmee (you gotta read the previous books to get who these are).
My favorite part of the book was the first, and indeed if this was the only story in the book it
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Damien
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Thomson Kneeland
Niven created an interesting landscape and ideas for the 1970 Ringworld. Louis Wu returns in The Ringworld Throne, cast amidst a landscape of boring characters with one dimensional personalities. The first 200 pages moves like molasses and the plot only really begins halfway through the novel; the writing is pretty uncompelling, but besides its lack of much of a plot for a the first 200 pages, the concept of rishathra and interspecies sex seems to take up the majority of the social relations/dev ...more
Mark Oppenlander
In the third installment of the Ringworld series, we find that Larry Niven seems to be trying something new. In the process, he seems to have forgotten what made the first two books interesting.

More than half of this book is taken up with the story of a group of Ringworld hominids from different species who come together on a crusade to eliminate a nest of vampires who are living in the shadow of a floating city. The only character in this section who is a holdover from the previous book is Vall
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Onefinemess
This wasn't quite as hard to read as the last book - at least the parts without the standard cast actually felt like a book that was going somewhere... until they stopped going somewhere.

I don't get it. This is not a good book, by any standards I can apply to judge it. So much shit just happens with only half-assed explanations afterwards that, I mean... ABULAOELAE. What? That's how my brain feels.

I had hoped that, after a couple decades, his writing skills would become more palatable to my read
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Bob
I last read through the Ringworld series while in High School (a long time ago). Back then, there were two books. When I recently learned Niven wrote a fifth in the Ringworld Series, I decided to buy all five and read the full series.

The Ringworld Throne, my first reading now, extends the story after the heroes have been stranded on the Ringworld for 20 years. Without access to boosterspice, Louis Wu has aged. Chmeee, we learn, has captured the map of Earth and have sired at least one son called
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Al

SUMMARY:
Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written!The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee . . . legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the Protectors. Incoming spacecraft are bei

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Loosechanj
Third in the Ringworld novels, and as much as I enjoyed the first two, I have to admit this one was pretty awful. I just couldn't get into it, and I just pushed through just to get it into the "read" pile. It might have helped if I'd read it while [b]The Ringworld Engineers[/b] was fresher in my mind, because I think a lot of my dissatisfaction with the story stemmed from not remembering who most of the characters were, apart from Louis Wu & Co. Also, a good portion of the story was [i]not[/ ...more
Andrew
Ringworld books go progressively downhill. The narrative is disjointed and confusing, and Niven becomes obsessed with interspecies sex to a level that's a little weird. It's like he would be writing and think hmm, this narrative is kind of boring. Let's have the characters talk about interspecies sex some more, that will fix all the problems. It does not.

The book finally staggers across the finish line, presumably to the relief of the publisher and definitely to the relief of the reader.
Matthew Siemers
Terrible. The first two books in this series were great. This book took an unexpected twist early on when the focus became the vampires that apparently live on the ringworld. It was a little weird, but it could have played out well had it been relevant. On the ringworld there are various humanoid species that have evolved individually. Between these species there is a custom called rishathra, which is sex with another intelligent species. Though introduced in the previous novel, the author becam ...more
Chris
Well, we say goodbye to the Ringworld. I admit, this was a head scratcher. Niven used a totally different style of storytelling this time around. Broken up between several adventures occurring simultaneously, my attention drifted at points. I had to go back to the previous book (which I had just finished) to remind myself who was who. After a while the pace did quicken, especially during a few very tense and exciting battles halfway through the book.

The discovery of ruined and ancient cities, t
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Kenzie Lamar
Better than Ringworld Engineers. Made me want to read the next book. Star Trek meets Farscape is what I would say the tone is. I'm pretty sick of hetero rishathra(alien bestiality). I think that is the main reason there hasn't been a TV miniseries of this yet. Other than that it's a pretty good series. I don't care for the history or Protectors but I like them as aliens in the series. Sci-Fi fans should like this series. Not amazing but worth reading.
Abraham
Después de Mundo Anillo e Ingenieros de Mundo Anillo, Larry Niven hizo esta nueva secuela en un tono que solamente puedo calificar de... extraño. El hilo conductor no es consistente, y parece que Niven hubiera decidido dejar de lado por un momento la ciencia ficción dura por la novela de intrigas. Mala elección. El libro no aporta nada realmente relevante a la serie ni aclara más cosas de las que fueron ya mostradas en Ingenieros de Mundo Anillo.

Ni siquiera creo que el libro sea importante al n
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Cory Hughart
I'm on the fence about this series, especially this book. It seems as though each successive entry is more and more preoccupied with interspecies intercourse, also known as "rishathra", and how it is used in some way to facilitate peace and trade. How it helps isn't really explained very well; most of the time, at least in this book, they do it because they're curious and, frankly, loose.
Half of the story is about how two characters, from a species that strictly forbids any sex aside from a sin
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Ram
I liked reading another link in the story. But I believe you need to enjoy the Ring World Saga to get into it. Not the best book in the series, not the best sci-fi book. However, the plot can get you in the first chapters.
Nieven makes two great mistakes here, in my opinion. First, he assumes you know what's happening and who is who. Second, his description of the hominids' life styles resembles the earthlings'. I mean, the evolution of the civilization in the ring world seems to mimic ours; a c
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Seth Martin
This is a book about... not sure.

There were some people that decided that they needed to kill some vampires, which really didn't seem like it resulted in anything meaningful, but it did cause everyone to "rish" with each other.

Louis Wu got old really fast and then got young again. I guess Speaker is doing well for himself. The Hindmost is unfortunately the most interesting character but his motives remain unclear.

So, the main plot doesn't start til the 2nd half of the book when you learn that
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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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