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Ringworld by Larry Niven
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Jun 30, 2011

really liked it
Read in May, 2011

A jocular romp across a ring shaped world, the eponymous Ringworld is a hard scifi fantasy book. The characters are a ramshackle crew of disparate species who somehow manage to overcome their differences to fight the adversity they encounter on the planet. A good time was had by all.

Seriously though, this book is pretty good. Our adventurous crew go off to investigate a ring shaped world, a bit terrified that this highly advanced civilization will notice them and blast them all to smithereens. They accidentally crash on the world and are forced to hike a ways to find a source of spare parts. What they find is that what must have once been an advanced world is now decayed into a middle-ages style civilization with sad ruins of buildings in the background. Oh, and the people are all humans (??).

Larry Niven manages to do hard scifi well (without too many of the irritating asides showcasing random bits of physics knowledge), and the adventurous science fantasy as well. For all that the broad outlines of the plot can seem a bit cliche - and the 'breeding for luck', being TERRIFIED of running into an advanced civilization, etc a bit overdone and melodramatic - it is a much much better book than I had thought it would be.
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