The Ringworld Throne
The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee . . . legendary beings brought togeth ...more
If you decide to go that route (i.e. reading the books in order) I'd recommend reading "Crashlander: The Collected Tales of Beowulf Schaeffer" (specifically the "At The Core" story), "Ringworld", "Protector", "The Ringworld Engineers", and then "The Ringworld Throne".
However you decide to proceed, have fun!(less)
Fans with engineering degrees from MIT decided to crunch the numbers and ask difficult questions about how this Big Dumb Object could actually work the way the author said it works. Because that's what fans do. However, the author dec ...more
Inexplicable Anomalies: "The Ringworld Throne" by Larry Niven
(Original Review, 1980-07-01)
Now we're going to argue the reasons for sequels? It's straightforward here. Niven obviously doesn't need the money (although it can't hurt too badly). It's those damned readers who keep begging for more and pawing after him at every convention, in every fanzine, in all his letters, etc. ad infinitum. He's got to do *something* to shut them up, el ...more
The first half of the book deals with a whole slew of characters, most of whom never appear again, hunting vampires. I'm not sure what this was supposed to accomplish in terms of plot structure. It was, frankly, boring and seemed to serve no purpose other than to let Niven mention 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
Random junk words are introduced, whi ...more
The first half is really a short story with side characters that has been stretched out to fill a novel. I could almost cope with a soft porn alien vampire novella (True Blood in space!) - almost. Except it's the same sex over and over again. And it's relentlessly male heterosexual wish fulfillment - ...more
The first half of the book barely involves the main characters ...more
I'd heard from other fans that this was the least favorite of this series, and I agree. It was hard to follow, and not a great story. It kinda felt to me like Niven just wanted to bang out another b ...more
I don't think that I would recommend it for everyone because of this reason, new SiFi uses much more advance science with authors trying to explain its working which is missing in Ringworld but if you disregard it you can enjoy the series.
This book also told more perspectives outside Louis Wu. I think I prefer sticking with Louis.
Otherwise, enjoyed the story. It ended with a little bit of a cliffhanger, but since it is a series, that is forgivable.
In Ringworld Throne we are kept guessing up until the last chapter. But, where in other books the guessing is about Whodunnit or Who’s going to win, this guessing is more “what the hell is going on!?”.
It is an extremely confusing plot to follow. Larry replaces what would otherwise be telling reveals with . . . ellipsis’. He thinks it is clever and suspenseful. It is actually annoying. And confusing.
The first half of the book deals with a war against seemin ...more
While the first two ringworld books were annoying in their obsession with aliens having sex with each other, this installment in the series was unreadable for the same reason. At 60% there still seemed to be almost nothing going on in the book except for "Rishathra" (Wikipedia: "In Larry Niven's Ringworld novels, rishathra is "sexual practice outside one's own species but within the intelligent hominoids"), and what ...more
It really shows that Niven can not write a long story and keep it interesting. And, if I even once more hear the term rishatra or rish, I will burn the book I read it in and... and... and... oh, well... Anyway. This book has close to none science fiction in it. It mostly follows uninteresting persons going around the Rin ...more
At least the first and second books had clearly defined plots "Get off the Ringwo ...more
I think Niven's terse writing style (which I remember liking at the time I discovered him) has grown more pronounced over the decades so that here i ...more
Louis Wu eventually shows up and is working again (reluctantly) with Hindmost and a strange Protector and a Kzin descendant.
Everybody seems to have a different agenda so there are a lot of trust issues so that th ...more
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Louis answered. "You've started something you can't stop. You've attacked two war fleets, three if you count the Fleet of Worlds. Political structures get old and die, Bram, but information never gets lost anymore. Storage is too good.”