I thought there was much potential for this book based on the overview of the story, I couldn't have been more wrong. I don't think I've ever read a Larry Niven book that has left me this disappointed. The story is supposed to be about nano tech that is launched into space to retrieve an asteroid and bring it within Earth orbit, and that part of the story is at least there, but it is surrounded by a whole lot of crap.
To start with, the authors clearly have sex on the brain. There was far more th...more
On the plus side, this book was occasionally funny; never quite enough to make me burst out into laughter, but at least enough for a few chuckles. Niven and Harrington appear to have been more than a little sex-obsessed while writing this yarn, but at least the sex is only ever (strongly) hinted at, not told in pornographic detail.
The plot revolves around the use of nanotechnology around 50 years hence, and is somewhat believable; the willing suspension of disbelief didn't come terribly hard, ex...more