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Ringworld by Larry Niven
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Oct 01, 2007

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bookshelves: nerdypursuits-scififantasy
Read in January, 2008

I heard so much about this book being a sort of sci-fi legend, so I finally picked it up and read it. The most impressive thing about Ringword is the premise of the actual ringworld - a really imaginative and mind-bending idea, on an incomprehensible scale. While the alien characters, Nessus and Speaker-to-Animals are extremely creative and interesting, the humans are kind of boring and one-dimensional. One of the things I enjoyed best about the story is that we never meet the ringworld engineers, a species so clearly ahead of us in knowledge that we simply could not even comprehend them. But the fact we don't meet them is not a writer’s cop-out on the part of Niven, instead, he tells the story of their fall from civilization in a haunting manner.

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