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Old 12-02-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Ringworld by Larry Niven

Any of you guys reads these books.
I read the first, but was a bit disappointed.

Four stars for the first half, two stars for the second.

Began promising and really felt like it was building to something amazing, but nothing really happened.

Also, people seem to never mention the comedy in this book. Definitely has subtle hints of 'Hitcher's Guide' style of comedy.
The luck of Teela Brown.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:06 AM   #2
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Ringworld was/is one of my all time favorites. I love/loved all Niven's Known space stories, many great short stories.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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Ringworld was/is one of my all time favorites. I love/loved all Niven's Known space stories, many great short stories.
This.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:44 AM   #4
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I loved the first Ringworld book. Like the second, Ringworld Engineers, but no where near as much as the first. Did not care for the third, The Ringworld Throne, at all. Based on that I never read Ringworld's Children. All of this is from memories of over 30 years ago.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:06 AM   #5
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and yes I must agree many (if not all) of the ring-world follow on novels were poor.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:57 AM   #6
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I thought Ringworld was okay, but it didn't inspire me to seek out any more in the same setting.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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I thought Ringworld was okay, but it didn't inspire me to seek out any more in the same setting.
The "Known Space" stories cover a much bigger universe than just the ring-world system.

He really created a whole background that is only partially revealed in Ringworld

World of Ptavvs is excellent as are the "Stories of Known Space"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Known_Space
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The "Known Space" stories cover a much bigger universe than just the ring-world system.

He really created a whole background that is only partially revealed in Ringworld

World of Ptavvs is excellent as are the "Stories of Known Space"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Known_Space
Excellent observation. A prior reading of a the first couple of Man-Kzin War novels does wonders in understanding the crew visiting Ringworld and their interactions for the first of the Ringworld Books.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:06 AM   #9
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I was just thinking that I wanted to finally read Ringworld, but I can't find it on e-book!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:26 AM   #10
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The puppeteers are also explored as an alien species in the 1st book. I remember it for his made up curse word as well. i.e Tanj =There Ain't No Justice. lol. And of course there is Louis Wu and his luck (good and bad) with women.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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I was just thinking that I wanted to finally read Ringworld, but I can't find it on e-book!
Do you like audiobooks? Overdrive has it, check your library.

I listened to Ringworld last summer, I enjoyed the sociological themes, but I wasn't inspired to go further.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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It is not commercially available on eBook. But it is around.

I actually listened to the audiobook version, and it was a pretty good job.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #13
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The Pierson's Puppeteers first made an appearance in the short story "Neutron Star" which appeared in the collection "Tales of Known Space."

It's surprising how much of Niven's work is unavailable for ereaders.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:36 AM   #14
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Yes, Mr Niven's work is sadly unrepresented as ebooks. Pretty much all that's available are his collaborations with Mr Pournelle.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:04 AM   #15
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I'd think the Man-Kzin books would be a copyright nightmare with all those different authors..
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