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Shipstar | [Gregory Benford, Larry Niven]

Shipstar

Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.
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Publisher's Summary

Science fiction masters Larry Niven (Ringworld) and Gregory Benford (Timescape) continue the thrilling adventure of a human expedition to another star system that is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure cupping a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths. And which, tantalizingly, is on a direct path heading toward the same system the human ship is to colonize.

Investigating the Bowl, or Shipstar, the human explorers are separated - one group captured by the gigantic structure’s alien inhabitants, the other pursued across its strange and dangerous landscape - while the mystery of the Shipstar’s origins and purpose propel the human voyagers toward discoveries that transform their understanding of their place in the universe.

©2014 Gregory Benford, Larry Niven (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Robert Apopka, Florida, United States 04-20-14
    Robert Apopka, Florida, United States 04-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Should have been titled "Falling Star""
    What did you like best about Shipstar? What did you like least?

    Poor descriptions of action and inadequate character development made it difficult for me to maintain an interest in the storyline.


    Has Shipstar turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Shipstar did not turn me off to this genre, nor did it turn me off to Larry Niven or Gregory Benford. Not every story can be a homerun, but this story had a difficulty making it to first base.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapter, where the human crew were deciding who would stay and who would go on the mission.


    Was Shipstar worth the listening time?

    I probably would not have listened to Shipstar had I known how poor the quality; I was ready to move on to another book after 2 hours.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donato 06-15-14
    Donato 06-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to get through"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is the first book in a long time that I wish was abridged. There is too much unnecessary flowery descriptions which did not help with the story at all. Being a huge Larry Niven fan, this was extremely disappointing. Perhaps this would be a better book to read as you could skip over some parts to get to the meat of the story.


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