Ringworld Throne Paperback – 3 Jul 1997
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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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Niven could have probably written a far more interesting sequel if he had concentrated on the invasion and defence of Ringworld.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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great fan.did not know of the full series. enjoyed reading .Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ringworld was one of the greatest SF ideas ever committed to print, but this third book is a spiral into mediocrity. Larry Niven had all elements of great tale. Read morePublished 10 months ago by P. J. Dunn
Disappointing. Meandering and lacking the focus which is so good in the Fleet of Worlds seriesPublished 12 months ago by Rod Easter
A great book which provides a good ending to the Ringworld series, excluding the prequels, and is a must read for any who enjoy good sci fi novels.Published on 10 May 2013 by Max
Being an avid Larry Niven fan who count's the two preceding Ringworld books ('Ringworld' and 'Ringworld Engineers')as 2 of my favourire SF books. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2011 by P. Jakes
The Ringworld Throne is the third instalment of Larry Niven's Ringworld series, published in 1996.
This is a very strange book, it's a book of two halves which are... Read more
Over the years I have read many Niven books. Mostly I have been captivated by his ability to introduce staggering ideas or just follow seemingly simple premises to surprising... Read morePublished on 1 April 2005