This is not a novel, there is little to no progress in the ...more
Destiny is an attractive world, with a potentially fatal drawback for its human settlers - the local biology, while not especially antagonistic to human life, won't sustain it either. Humans need to eat something called "speckles" in order to survive. Niven makes...more
The ideas underlying the story are very clever. Unfortunately the story itself is confusing and hopelessly. I could barely finish the book. Give ...more
I enjoyed the book and I appreciated the plot twists that led to a very satisfactory conclusion in my view.
Anyhow, this is a book that anyone ...more
I have read a few books where Larry Niven was the co-writer and I enjoyed them but at times felt like the characters conversation and actions didn't quite make sense.
I can see now that it was the Niven side of the equation that caused this to happen.
The story had a great premise but the writing of it lacked.
The main character moved from location to location doing some activities that sometimes made sense, at other times made sense in hind site and at other times made no sense at a ...more
It's a sociological treatise in many ways. I suspect Niven fancies himself a historian in the mold of Russell or Wells; equally equipped to tell the story and give it a spin in the direction of social commentary. His reputation in that respect is well-deserved.
The "spin" is relatively ...more
An archeological mystery of sorts; along the lines of Jack McDevitt's work (whose Eternity Road from about the same time period bears a strong resemblance to this story). Unlike McDevitt, the SF archeological mystery niche story does not seem to be Niven's forte. The plot is established on good foundations. A young man living on a long abandoned Earth colony must find out her secrets. A tragic accident leads to a 30 year journey to fin ...more
This feeling kept reoccurring over and over as I read on. Great premise, competently written with good world building (Niven's genius) but as the story went on, it ran out of steam. The road revealed itself to be either a road to ...more
The plot ...more
It just takes you along for the ride, presenting a world by following a person. Does make you wonder what kind of societies humankind would develop if people would be left to band together in places with very little or no contact to each other and having no proof of their past other than memories fading as generations pass...
Another thing I liked was that the author treated sex just like any other activity. Didn't focus on it, but didn't run through i ...more
This book just isn't what they expected it to be.
The so called confusing narrative is intrinsically tied to the ecology and interactions with humanity as it attempts to settle Destiny.
The main characters distance is also tied to this interaction. Not to mention the taboos and social ideas of his home, Spiral Town.
The story ...more
In executio ...more
Comunque: un bel libro di fantascienza di colonizzazione (termine inventato sul momento, non ho idea se esista un filone di questo tipo), con alcuni spunti interessanti.
E sicuramente mi sono incuriosita parecchio su Larry Niven...
An overall enjoyable "quest" story, even if it stretched credibility at times. The explanation of the caravans & overall background presented in the last 1/3 of th ...more
Good sober voice all the way through. Probably some exciting parts I missed. Sci-fi backstory, kind of unique compared to any of the others I've read (read: few).
The early work I read was, AFAICT, uniformly worked and well-written. e.g., the Ringworld series. Or maybe not, since they were so huge in their concept you had a hard time keeping track, so who knew?
DC, however, is, like Bowl of Heaven before it, not a completed work. Similar to releasing a Beta version of software. On one page, they see a world without icecaps. Two pages later, after settling the ...more
Il fatto poi che il protagonista cambi nome varie volte, e che numerosi personaggi minori entrino ed escano dalla vicenda, contribuisce a creare un senso di confusione e di opera poco riuscita.
Come succede spesso in Urania, chi ha scritto la quarta di copertina non ha letto il libro, e ha solo una vaga idea del ...more