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This review is from: Ringworld Throne (Paperback)
Let me start by saying that Larry Niven is one of my favourite SF authors and that Ringworld is in my opinion his best work and one of the best pure SF books out there. I enjoyed the whole Known Space sequence hugely, with its wild inventiveness combining wilful implausibility with inarguable possibility. Niven always seemed to say, "wouldn't it be interesting if THIS existed???" - the more odd the better, as long as there was a grain of scientific plausibility to it. Mount Lookitthat, The planet of Jinx, the Puppeteers and the Ringworld itself are all good examples. His early work seemed full of energy, of the joy of possibilities.
So why is this book SO bad? So VERY bad? It's a total pointless mess from start to finish. Ringworld was ten out of ten, the sequel a solid eight - this book not only fails to live up to that high standard, it's a sad stain on their brilliance. I read it with a feeling of mounting frustration, neither understanding not caring what the hell was going on. I reached the end and goggled in disbelief. What happened?? I don't know and I didn't really care - I was just glad it was over for me. some of the other reviews of this book are far too polite and loyal to the Author. He's great. This is NOT! Avoid at all costs.