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The Man-Kzin Wars 1 by Larry Niven
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Read from January 19 to 21, 2010

I like military science fiction.....this is not military science fiction. The book might better have been titled: "Events Peripheral to the Man-Kzin Wars." The opening story is an old one by Niven telling the first meeting and hostile encounter between the two races. Niven in the Intro says he wasn't in the military so he doesn't try to write military scenes.

Okay.

The second story (novella)by Anderson is basically a romance and the third by Ing is an odd little "relations between the species" tale (tail?) that seems to dance around the "boy we wish we were the same species plot point. Neither is a bad story, but neither actually is about the "wars" that are always sort of in the background.

I gave the book a 3 star rating for fair and serviceable science fiction stories, but don't go for this if you are actually looking for military type science fiction.
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