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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: November 15, 2008
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- Language: English
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Sigmund gets a human face, as his sordid past is revealed, his romantic life is considered, and his fears for the human race are discussed. And the key question; 'is he paranoid enough' is addressed. Even uglier than his role as a paranoid cop is his background as... [say it in hushed tones] a revenuer. His girlfriend is industrial grade crazy (as bad as your story is, his takes the cake). And his worst paranoid concerns for humanity fall short of the reality.
I enjoyed it immensely. This one filled in the gaps between many of the 'Known Space' stories from a very different perspective, and shed light on the wherefores and whys behind the incidents described in other works. Because of this, the criticisms of recycled material are valid, as they included much earlier work, and invalid, as the material was needed to make the story work for someone who hadn't read any of this body of work earlier. And in the end, it heads off in a new direction.
An excellent addition to the "Known Space" series, and a worthwhile read.
E. M. Van Court
*Technically*, the writing, science and linkages to Niven's "Known Space" are very good. But, that linkage leads to this book's downfall. It feels more like a connect-the-dots chronicle than a story in its own right. Specifically, for two thirds of the book, there's really no explanation of why we're reading the book. It's just one thing after another relating to material in other Niven works with nothing explaining where THIS material is going. It's not until the last third of the book (after "Fleet of Worlds" ends) that anything resembling a motivation appears.
It pains me to have to rate the book down since it should have been a very good book. But, its choppiness and lack of motivation mean I can only rate it at an OK three stars out of 5.
Forty years or so ago, Larry Niven began writing a set of stories and novels set in "Known Space" - a portion of the milky way that was at least partially explored by the human race. Since then, he has occasionally let other writers into his playground, particularly in the The Man-Kzin Wars series.
This time, Niven has collaborated with Edward Lerner to write three books about the "Puppeteers", a race of technologically advanced herd animals, and their interactions with humanity.
The first book, Fleet of Worlds, re-introduces the Puppeteers fleet of five (now six) travelling planets for readers not familiar with them, and takes place largely on those planets, as does the third book, Destroyer of Worlds. This is the second in the series, and in some ways, the most daring.Read more ›
Worst case would be to read this BEFORE you read the original short stories, since it features "spoilers" from an uninteresting viewpoint. So if you haven't read the old Niven books and stories, do so, and particularly do so before reading this one.
It isn't "known space" so much as "known plots".
I'd say the main two characters are Sigmund Ausfaller (an ARM - think Homeland Security zealot of the UN) and our old friend, Nessus the Puppeteer. However, we also see quite a few of the old standbys from Known Space, including Beowulf Schaeffer, Carlos Wu, and the flatlander called Elephant.
Getting to see some additional adventures of these folks was nice, but like I said, it was a grind to get through this book. Why? For starters, it's a little on the long side, about 450 pages in print, and secondly, remember all those familiar characters? Well, we see them going through the same old adventures Niven wrote about back in the 60's and 70's as short stories.
It's not a straight text drop-in or anything. Rather, it's more of a "meanwhile, back at the ranch" thing, and I've got to tell you, it's boring back at the ranch, especially when you already know what's happening out with those neutron rustlers. It was like "see that really exciting thing over there? Well, don't look at it. Nope, we're gonna stay right here and talk about it afterwards."
I can see that given how the plot went, this was somewhat necessary, but it still felt very, very boring. I almost gave up on it twice, and every time I thought that surely we had gotten though all the old stories, it turned out that no, there was still one or two more that I'd forgotten about.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This volume of the Fleet of Worlds series for the most part follows both the Puppeteers and Sigmond Ausfaller during stories told elsewhere in Niven's Known Space timeline (which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Have read several of Nivens books and really liked them all. Books are hard to put down & I finish them too fast!Published 2 months ago by Allen F. Herzberg, Jr.
Loved this book, I just love the Fleet of World, and the Ringworld seriesPublished 5 months ago by R. Snow
I'm a nut for Larry N. I don't critique based on "plot" or more "heady" criteria. I just know Larry weaves a good tale and they're BELIEVABLE!!!!Published 5 months ago by Doc Schwartz
I like this book it fills in a lot about Puppeteers
I did find it difficult to keep up with all the characters at times
I am giving this only three stars, not because it is not a good story, but rather because it is the same story as the first book in the series, Fleet of Worlds, although much... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eugene Carr