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The Patchwork Girl by Larry Niven
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Dec 18, 2007

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Read in May, 2005

Gil "The ARM" Hamilton is attending a political conference on the moon when a fellow attendee is attacked and nearly killed. An ex-girlfriend is implicated, and Gil has to feel out the truth... literally, at times. You see, Gil has a psychic arm that replaces the one he lost to a meteor. And if he doesn't act quickly, his ex will become an unwilling organ donor.

While I enjoy Niven's Gil stories... I'm not sure they can carry a whole novel. The profuse (and rather trippy, 60's style) illustrations helped fill out the 206-page novel. While the science is fairly solid, and the mystery a decent challenge (I guess), his characterizations are a bit thin. The gratuitous (tho not graphic) sex got a bit old, too.

Recommended to Niven fans as a library read or a loaner.

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