The Ringworld: a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3 million times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.
Explorer Louis Wu, an Earth-born human who was part of th ...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 de...more
When I read books that are part of a series, I always want to know how the story ends. The original Ringworld story was great, and the ser ...more
Call it a compulsive disorder because when I learned Niven has returned to the Ringworld trough with a fourth book Ringworld’s Children I couldn’t resist. Well, you know the old adage … fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me?
So … uh … shame on me.
I found it to be an uninspired effo ...more
I actually thought the story was pretty good; the plot was more understandable and less convoluted than the previous stories, especially Ringworld Throne. And it does give a decent ending to the series. ...more
Tunesmith, the Ghoul-turned-Protecter, is performing his duty to protect Ringworld. The Amalgamation of Regional Militia, aka ARM, aka former UN military force, has discovered Ringworld, along with military forces from other worlds, and they are engaging in warfare for Ringworld's ...more
Pretty much everything that made the third novel fall short for me was rectified for this book. For one, a big part of what made The Ringworld Throne a bit of a let down (and let me stress, it was a BIT of a letdown, ...more
What is different this time is that the action that takes place is interesting. Or that there actually is action. And that the book feels like science fiction. For some reason the main characters are a lot more interesting than in the two previous books. Also there is almost zero rishatra, thank god.
Anyway I think t ...more
This book, as the rest in the series (ok except maybe the 3'rd one, rishathra much?) was excellent which really scratches that wanderlust itch, it never fails to bring forth the colossal size of this big dumb object and good old Larry takes the technology knob and turns it so high it breaks the damn thing. The first part of the book drags a bit however during the beginning of the 2'nd half things start ramp up real fast.
Towards the end some would say there's a hug ...more
Essentially in this book outside invaders are coming to the ringworld to obtain its tech and in a war for the world and its up to louis Wu and the protectors to avert disaster.
I gave this a 3 star review mainly because it seriously lightened up on rithshara (interspecies sex) which honestly made the story telling better by that fact alone. Which ...more
The only real drawback is that since all the same motifs are carried over from the first three books, they've become just a bit tired. Once again, the superintelligence of the protectors approaches Deus Ex Machina status. Once again, the protagoni ...more