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The Legacy of Heorot by Larry Niven
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Apr 02, 2008

really liked it
Read in April, 2008

With a signiature writing style, an eerie scene, and as many complex character interactions as a small city, Legacy of Heorot is astounding in its simplicity and setting. It begins as a simple jaunt to another planet to set up shop and bring the human race to other stars. Very few mishaps happen and the story itself wears out by chapter three until the perspective itself changes. This is where the writing takes on a very unique feel of another lifeform wandering in a foreign habitat.
With this book comes a view of one of the new millenium's hopes that mankind will soon be among the stars, although it is written with a few discrepincies. The lack of a replenishing source of power and food in a safer enviroment, such as oribiting gardens, does present a small sense of "this could be done better but wasn't". All in all a fun read, full of action and adventure, but not without a flaw or two.

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message 1: by Terry (last edited Dec 20, 2008 02:54PM) (new)

Terry Dang. That is one fine review. Does what a good review should: let's me know why I might like it or not. Love the "small city" simile.

But you might want to eliminate the "Very" in front of "unique," as "unique" means "singular" and "without analog," so it is impossible to intensify it by degree. "Completely" and "entirely" are also groaners. "Delightfully" or "boldly" would be fine, for they clarify the quality of the thing, and not the quantity of the singularity.


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