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The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3 | [Larry Niven]

The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3

Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to 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.

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Publisher's Summary

Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to 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?

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf’s Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

©1996 Larry Niven (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Readers who remember Ringworld from earlier encounters will no doubt relish the latest installment of the saga.” (New York Times Book Review)

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    Aerindel 09-06-12
    Aerindel 09-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Should have stopped at the second book."

    Unfortunately, this book is not really science fiction, or at least not the kind you normally expect from Larry Niven.

    Taking place eleven years after the events in The Ringworld Engineers this book oddly is mostly about sex, and no, not romance but a kind of formalized inter-species ritual that all the the cultures on the ringworld seem to be obsessed with. They do it to seal trade negations, celebrate battle, or whenever they meet someone new.

    Oh yeah, and vampires. Lots of vampires who emit a pheromone that makes everybody....you guessed it....want to have sex.

    Now I don't mind sex and I don't particularly mind vampires but neither subject makes a good focus for what is supposed to be a hard sci-fi novel.

    This really is a far cry from the the first book and very disappointing. I don't think I will continue with the series.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Mark West Chicago, IL 04-24-12
    Mark West Chicago, IL 04-24-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Low point of the Ringworld series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Disappointing. I loved the original Ringworld book, but the sequels have gotten progressively worse. Most of this book seemed to focus on how much the Ringworld inhabitants are obsessed with having sex. I found it hard to follow, and unsatisfying. The hard science (fiction) of the Ringworld was nearly absent.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    The narrator was actually quite good. I enjoyed the various voices he used for the different characters. They were convincing, and appropriate.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rocky Burrows II 04-14-15
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    "You can skip this one"

    This one was harder to follow than the others. Think you can skip it. About to start reading the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niall ALEXANDRA HILLS, Australia 10-08-12
    Niall ALEXANDRA HILLS, Australia 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "well read, but the story seems to ramble"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    not allow it to ramble as much.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    I genuinely enjoy the reader's performance. His use of tone & inflection is quite remarkable


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gowan Montgomery, Alabama 07-28-15
    J. Gowan Montgomery, Alabama 07-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Rishathra,Rishathra,Rishathra"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the series but i am sick of the constant interruption of the plot for Rishathra.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Xxx 07-27-15
    Xxx 07-27-15
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    "Porn In Space!"
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    I am a huge Niven fan, and grew up reading his short stories and known space books. It was one of the great highlights of my young life and had a major impact on leading me into the scientific careers I have worked in over the years. However, something went sideways when he started writing sequels to Ringworld.

    Somehow, Larry Niven developed an obsession with sex, nudity, and ritualistic cross-species sex. I am not at all a prude. I enjoy sexual material as much as the next guy, but not as a primary plot device in hard science fiction.

    These plot-killers grew slowly over the first two sequels and began to obscure the true story. In Engineers, the story somehow survived between bouts of sex. But in Throne, the story pretty much disappeared beneath a sea of absurd and unnecessary lecherous writing.

    I have tried several times to slog through these sequels, but always end up giving up somewhere within Thrones. It breaks my heart to say this about one of my literary heroes, but I would not recommend reading the Ringworld saga beyond the first, and truly amazing, book: "Ringworld".

    I WOULD, however highly recommend any of the early Known Space novels. I would also say that Larry Niven is one of the all time great short story authors, so be sure to pick up all of his early short story collections, such as Neutron Star, Convergent Series, A Hole In Space, and several others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Dunlap 05-12-15 Member Since 2002
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    "Skip it. Seriously."
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Revulsion. The endless Rishathra


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the original Ring World a very long time ago and loved it so much I have listened to it 3 more times. I then got my 12 year old daughter to listen to it with me when we are in the car each morning. Back when I bought the first one, I could not figure out why the audio publisher did not do the second or third books. I now see why.

    I doubt this review will remain because for only the second time ever, in the hundreds of books I have bought from Audible, I am also going to use Audible's return offer.

    So why? In a word, rishathra. Verb: have "sex" with some other species. Sometimes referenced as rish.

    Aerindel said it right! "Should have stopped at the second book.". I wish I could up vote that review about 500 times and I wish I could get the 3 hours of my life back that I wasted on this. I stopped after 3 hours.

    Let me save you time. So here's the story. 50 boring words, rishasthra then maybe 50 more boring pointless words and then rishathra and then 50 more words and then rishathra and maybe add on a orgy or two of rishathra and then get "attacked" by vampires which is basically forced orgy rishathra with murder added in.

    I am not sure I want to re-listen to Ring World's Children. I bought that right after I bought the first Ring World and I do not remember this... I just can't come up with a word for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michaelt 10-24-14
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    "Disappointing book"
    What would have made The Ringworld Throne better?

    Less rishathra and more good story telling


    What could Larry Niven have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Come up with a good plot, explore the ring world more, focus on the main characters.


    What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

    It was just fine. He's got more patience than I do to make it through this book, all while reading it aloud!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arenlor Pennsylvania, USA 08-12-13
    Arenlor Pennsylvania, USA 08-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "If you liked the first two, don't bother"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While the quality is great, the book itself is crap.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    I wouldn't bother listening if this is what he's turned into.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really did not enjoy the book at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Ringworld Throne?

    I didn't listen past the first hour.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't bother if you liked the first two, especially if you liked the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 03-31-13
    Colin Detroit 03-31-13 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "A worthy sequel but just short of the others"

    Well it goes without saying that if you liked the first 2 books then you will probably like this one, Louis Wu, the puppeteer known as the Hindmost, and Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee who was "Speaker to Animals" in the first book.

    There are some people who think that this book shouldn't have been written, and in some aspects they are right. Larry Niven the Author never planed to write a second book but it had to be done to clear up some of the inaccuracies in the first book, this book sorta falls short of the others and I assume at the time it was released it wasn't that good compared to the last ones, but read as a whole this book fits in nicely in the story line with the other books.

    In this book there are 2 major story lines that come together in the end of the book, without giving anything away here it has to do with the vampires on the world, more specifically a vampire protector - if any "hominid" eats "Tree of Life root" and they are of the proper age they can become a protector which is what the Ringworld needs, a "Protector"because its old and relatively week when it comes to what it can be subjected to.

    This is a must read, its not as up to par as the other 2 books or the ones that follow but its a good book and fits right in the middle of the story so its worth reading if you read the second book "The Ringworld Engineers" and really want to experience more of this Ringworld and the Universe its in this is where it starts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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