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New readers, don't start here,
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This review is from: Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (Hardcover)
This one is the pay-off on four previous "Worlds" novels, co-written by Niven and Lerner, as well as continuing the "Ringworld" story Niven has told in four novels of his own.
That's a lot of background, and the authors quite rightly don't rehearse it all for new readers. As someone who has read all eight precursor novels, I spent much of the first third of the book wracking memory for the necessary background as previously known characters and situations slotted into the new story. When time permits, I'll perhaps sit down and read all nine in order - there's a sense of missing the occasional reference in this story when working from old memory.
The latter two-thirds of the novel builds to a complex and involving climax, although the general shape of the ending is evident to the reader for some time before the pay-off.
The authors leave one thread dangling suspiciously, and leave major characters scattered in five separate locations, any of which could potentially take the story forward. Although Niven foresaw the Known Space universe finally sinking into the stagnation of his short story "Safe At Any Speed", there's still a couple of centuries in the Known Space timeline before that happens. The authors still have plenty of room for more developments in the current storyline, if they choose to exploit it. I hope they do.
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2014 00:07:17 GMT
Mr. D. Copeland says:
Where should new readers start?
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2014 01:29:14 GMT
Grant Hutchison says:
Start with "Ringworld", the "Crashlander" collection, and "Protector". These are all by Niven, and provide background that will be incorporated into the "Worlds" series.
If you like those three, follow through with the various "Ringworld" sequels by Niven, and then into the "Worlds" series.
If you don't like those three, then abandon ship and find yourself something else to read!
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