The Man-Kzin Wars (Man-Kzin Wars #1)
1 · Introduction · Larry Niven · in *
5 · The Warriors · Larry Niven · s
This was a mixed bag - I enjoyed Niven's first, short short story, and then nearly fell asleep during Poul Anderson's piece. Just didn't grab me - in fact, I can't remember what it was about and I finished the book just today. Dean Ing's story was enjoyable but nothing extraordinary. Overall, this book is a borderline 2.5 ...more
That's because most people rate only that about which they are truly enthusiastic. That's the only reason I can explain the Man-Kzin Wars series having a higher average than 3.0 stars. You see, the initial story isn't even original: it was published long ago, in multiple plac ...more
The second story (novella)by Anderson is basically a romance and the third by Ing is an odd little "relations between the species" tal ...more
Niven's original story is decent but dated (the premise of a utopian humanity that has learned to suppress its aggressive instincts isn't one we worry about much anymore, is it?). Poul Anderson's story is pretty good, and Ing's is a wretched one-man-army type story that leans heavily on the cat puns.
In Larry Niven’s Known Space universe, ...more
Once upon a time, in the earliest days of interplanetary exploration, an unarmed human vessel was set upon by a warship from the planet Kzin. But the Kzinti learned the hard way that the reason humanity had given up war was that they were so very, very good at it. Thus began the Man-Kzin Wars.
Once upon a time, in the earliest days of interplanetary exploration, an unarmed human vessel was set upon by a warship from the planet Kzin. But the Kzinti learned the hard way that the re...more
Seeing this made me think about my own rating system. I see my average rating on Goodreads is over 4 - that's for two reasons. First, I rated a bunch of 5-star books when I first joined so I could get better recommendations. Second, I don't like to rip on other authors. If I think something is 1 or 2 ...more
I think for me its their scream and leap approach - something that has stood them in good stead ...more
1. The Warriors by Larry Niven - is an account of the first encounter between a unarmed human colony ship and an armed to the teeth Kzin ship. This demonstrates the Kzin propensity to under estimate their opponents.
2. Iron by Poul Anderson - st ...more
The second story in the book, "Iron" was horrible. It was written by Poul Anderson who is a prolific, award winner author, but it's hard to image how he made a living if his other work was similar to his effort here. The science is inte ...more