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Ringworld Throne Paperback – 3 Jul 1997

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New edition edition (3 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857234707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857234701
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.7 x 11.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Larry Niven is] the paradigm SF personality of the last several decades. (Gregory Benford)

An offbeat story of power politics, with a dozen likeable heroes and nasty villains from absurdly alien, yet weirdly familiar creatures, THE RINGWORLD THRONE is a traditional space opera that races toward its breathless climax at relativistic speed. (STARBURST)

As ever, the science is impeccable, the lifeforms ingenious. (TIME OUT)

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Come back to the Ringworld . . . the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to a myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written!
The human, Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee . . . legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the Protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda--if anyone dares approach them to learn.
Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own Protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a Protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld Throne?
"Niven's work has been an intriguing and consistent universe, and this book is the keystone of the arch. . . . [His] technique is wonderfully polished, his characters and their situations are nicely drawn . . . wraps up (maybe) a corner of a very interesting universe."
--San Diego Union-Tribune --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a book of two halves, The first half barely merits 1 star, its got too many characters with poor characterization, few new ideas and poor plot which is nearly irrelevant to 2nd half. It also appears to contradict and undo some of the previous book. The 2nd half is slightly better, if only because it returns to some of the more interesting ideas in the earlier books. It still has a poor and over complicated plot which is difficult to follow due to the large number of characters.
Niven could have probably written a far more interesting sequel if he had concentrated on the invasion and defence of Ringworld.
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By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Larry Niven (in my humble opinion) is one of the premier writers of science fiction, up there with the Heinliens and Clarkes of the SF world. His ideas are without parallel and the "known space" franchise is one of the best imagined and constructed since Tolkien created middle earth. On the down side, he has a habit of writing in a fashion that keeps readers at arms-length and makes them feel as they they are constantly missing important directions to plot and character development. Nowhere is this more apparent than in "the ringworld throne". Even after 300 pages, I was still left wondering where the story was going and what it's focus was. This book is a real disappointment after the ultra-brilliant "ringworld" and it's worthy successor "the ringworld engineers". It's lack of direction and "in the know" writing style still leaves me frustrated and unfulfilled even after having read it several times. Read the first two books and stop there is my advice.
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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.
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Definitely the third best of the "Ringworld" books. A potboiler cashing in on the merited success of its predecessors. Too long, repetitive, too many characters, but no charaterisation. If you have trouble sleeping, buy this.
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More adventures on ringworld. All the usuals; the puppeteer, the human and the kzin, with assorted ghouls, vampires, giants and a protector or two thrown in. It seems to have a rather weaker plot than the first two books. Admittedly the ideas aren't so original any more, but even allowing for that things don't seem to mave along as well. I can't decide whether the ending just peters out on purpose, or if it's setting the scene for another sequel.
If you haven't read ringworld or ringworld engineers, then buy one of those instead of this book; if you have read them, then you'll probably want to read this too - it may not be original any more, but it's still much better than a lot of other SF books.
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The previous book (Ringworld Engineers) demonstrated exactly how a competent sequel should be done. It was not only a great book by itself but it also bolstered the original and made you optimistic and hopeful for the future of this fantastic setting. What does Niven have in store for us with this book?

By 50 pages in, the same point where Ringworld and Engineers had well gripped me, I was on the verge on tossing the book and having just finished it that would have been a wise decision. You begin to wonder exactly what has happened to Niven to be able to write in such a manner as to make Ringworld a boring place. Actually, that's half the problem of the book - Ringworld itself barely gets a mention, my heart would leap whenever 'the arch' or a spillpipe or a shadow square was mentioned, because I assumed that meant the story would finally get going. No such luck.

The entire first half of the book seems to be an exercise in introducing as many flat, lifeless characters as possible and making them all have 'rishanthra' with each other, believe me you will come to dread the sight of that word. Somewhere in there is a potentially interesting plot involving a vampire nest and various species of different tech levels having to ally themselves to fight it, but it's lost beneath awful writing and dull, tedious progression.

There's one standout scene involving the taking over of an old floating factory to conquer the vampires, and honestly, it's great. It takes you right back to the wonder and adventure of the first books. Here's the Ringworld we know and love.

Having had your little share of excitement, let's introduce the second half of the book, which is theoretically more interesting as it at least involves Louis Wu.
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