This is a prequel set in the Ringworld universe. It does have interesting stories that are layered in complex and surprising ways. Having said all of ..Show More »that I rarely connected to the characters and was not seriously drawn into the book at any time. I would only suggest buying this one if it was on sale.
This book reminds me of one of those "clip show" tv shows where they clip together past scenes to make a new show when the writers are too l..Show More »azy to come up with anything new.
This book is mostly a behind the scenes look at the known space short stories of Niven, but from the view of the ARM and Nessus. Like what they thought about Beowulf's journey to the center of the galaxy, or what happened after he encountered the antimatter system that destroyed the GP hull, etc. They are just all strung together in a mish mash with seemingly no plot to the story at all.
Very disappointed. Niven can do much better. I wonder if he even wrote any of it or just signed his name to it?
I'll preface this by saying I'm a big Niven fan. Since first picking up Ringworld and being completely blown away by his ability to open up new world..Show More »s to the reader, I began to slowly devour his anthology of works. My favorites were always the books that helped flesh out Known Space: Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers, Protector, The Integral Trees, etc. But I also have read many of his other works, such as Inferno, The Magic Goes Away collection, Lucifer's Hammer, etc.
There were times where I felt Niven had missed the mark. I was not very impressed with The Ringworld Throne. And I was even less impressed with Ringworld's Children. Those books just didnt capture my imagination like the first two in the series. I questioned whether I would read (or hear) another book from Niven that would bring the excitement back. That is, until I purchased this audible.
The story is excellent and the characters are full and real. Another plus is Tom Weiner's reading, which really brings each character and the world to life. After listening to Destroyer of Worlds, I realized that there are two other books that preceed this one, as a series! I guess that is a testement to how good this story is; it is able to stand on its own. But I'm hooked again on Niven. I'll be listening to Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds over the next few weeks.
Yes, I would but for an odd reason: I'm not really listening to it. Back in the day, Niven working alone combined mind-blowing physics with fascinatin..Show More »g events and glimpses of alien psychology. By comparison, this stuff is just a nice try. The Worlds books contain a pale imitation of better writing: Niven's ideas (sometimes with interesting details) glued to the kind of hack-stuff you find in all paperback thrillers: The same old, situation, conflict, complication, resolution stuff that is intended to work on readers who have never read anything closely and that Sol Stein will teach anyone to write for a fee. All that makes these books background noise. Without original, well-integrated ideas, it's pretty easy to guess when something's going to happen and wait for it. So yes, I listen, but I could read news articles while listening to it and not feel that I had lost anything.
This is the end of the story that started with Ringworld written in 1970, then some prequels were written that are pretty good and a must read if you ..Show More »are getting into these books so start there if you haven't read Ringworld years ago.
There isn't much to say about these reviews of books that are latter in a series other to say that its good or bad because if you have read the past books and liked them then its safe to say if other reviews say its good you don't have to know much more that that - well this is a great book, its the last one but there could be many more of them if the Authors want to write more of them.
This is a great book so if you liked the others then you will like this one.