Fills in some of the gaps from Crashlander and other Niven Known Space stories. A bit slow and less complex than I am used to. Only reason I gave it 4..Show More » stars was the fact that it exists - first Known Space thing I have seen in a while.
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 lazy to com..Show More »e 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.
As series go, Worlds is getting a bit long in the tooth. Juggler and Destroyer were both respectable stories with engaging plots and characters. Betra..Show More »yer appears almost to be a side story, that has Sigmund Ausfaller as a lmiited peripheral character. The alien encounters, politics, and machinations are lagely, well, alien and inscrutable. The addition of Louis Wu appeared promising as someone to assist Sigmund in returning New Terra to Earth, but alas, either that has been reserved for a future installment or has not been considered. With most of the focus of the story on unremarkable Puppeteers and their equally forgetable alien adversaries, most of the plot revolves around formulaic development of their alien cultures which is simply not that interesting. All in all, this is not one of Niven's better efforts.