The Ringworld Throne (Ringworld #3)
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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 ...more
(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...more
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 - ...more
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 ...more
The first half of the book barely involves the main characters ...more
Random junk words are introduced, whi ...more
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 ...more
In Ringworld Throne we are kept guessing up until the last chapter. But, where in other books the guessing is about Whodunnit or Who’s going to win, this guessing is more “what the hell is going on!?”.
It is an extremely confusing plot to follow. Larry replaces what would otherwise be telling reveals with . . . ellipsis’. He thinks it is clever and suspenseful. It is actually annoying. And confusing.
The first half of the book deals with a war against seemin ...more
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 ...more
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.
Writing Style: 1/5
The Ringworld Throne follows fairly directly from its predecessor, the Ringworld Engineers, but stylistically, something happened with Niven's writing in the seventeen years between the two publications. I've never found Niven's characters, pacing, or development to be his strength, but this read more like a rough draft or perhaps a first time author. Entire scenes were routinely confusing and lacking adequate description or context. I oft ...more
Instead we get a growing crowd of characters whose actions appear more like Brownian motion than actual story or plot. Several falans may pass but I will eventually ...more
The real story of the book (as opposed to the sideshow in the first half) is about the problem of lookin ...more
"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 ...more
My favorite part of the book was the first, and indeed if this was the only story in the book it ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
The book finally staggers across the finish line, presumably to the relief of the publisher and definitely to the relief of the reader.