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Man-Kzin Wars X: The Wunder War (Man-Kzin Wars Series Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Larry Niven , Hal Colebatch
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It's Howling Time in Known Space again!
Back to the Frontlines of the
Top Selling Space War in All of Science Fiction.

The first colonists from Earth named the planet Wunderland. Generations later, the felinoid invaders called Kzin came and turned it into a hell for humans. Touched on in other accounts of the Man-Kzin wars, here for the first time is the decades-long saga of Wunderland: How the Wunderlanders first learned of the Kzin attacks on Earth by slower-than-light communications, barely in time to prepare to fight back. How valiant human defenders turned to guerilla warfare in the Wunderland jungles and caves after the feline warrior race had destroyed or seized the cities. And what happened after the Kzin suffered an ignominous defeat. Many humans wanted revenge and many Kzin still saw humans as just an annoying food source. Was the war really over. . .

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"[Larry Niven is ] a writer of supreme talent."
Tom Clancy

"[The Man-Kzin Wars series is] excellent . . . gripping . . . expands well on Larry Niven's universe. . . ."

"Well, you know the drill by now. Scream and leap to your nearest bookstore . . . they are going to sell out fast."
Rave Reviews

"Masterful handling of hard SF embedded within a rich background of character and plot."

Hal Colebatch lives in a suburb of Perth, Australia, where he practices law. His recent book, Blair's Britain, was selected by the London Spectator's Taki as a book of the year. In addition to his earlier stories in the ManKzin saga, he has written mainstream fiction, biographies, plays, poetry, and several hundred articles. He has a Ph.D in Political Science, and has been an advisor to two Australian Federal Ministers. He is married and has two stepchildren.

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"Masterful handling of hard SF embedded within a rich background of character and plot."

About the Author

Larry Niven has authored many New York Times bestsellers, both alone (The Integral Trees , The Smoke Ring, The Ringworld Throne) and in collaboration with Jerry Pournelle (The Mote in God's Eye, Lucifer's Hammer, Footfall). His Known Space series, from which the fabulously successful Man-Kzin Wars books derive, is a landmark of modern science fiction, as popular as Heinlein's Future History series and Asimov's Foundation series. When Arthur C. Clarke appeared on a talk show and was asked to name his favorite science fiction writer, he immediately answered "Larry Niven." Winner of a Nebula award and five Hugo awards, Niven is among the foremost SF writers of the new century. His latest novels are Rainbow Mars (Tor) and The Burning City, with Jerry Pournelle (Pocket).

Hal Colebatch has had stories in previous volumes of the Man-Kzin Wars series. His recent book, Blair's Britain, was selected by the London Spectator's Taki as a book of the year. He has also written mainstream fiction, biographies, plays, poetry, and several hundred articles. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science, and has been an advisor to two Australian Federal Ministers. He practices law in a suburb of Perth, Australia, where he lives with his wife and two stepchildren.

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  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APA51DG
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four teriffic stories! August 3, 2003
These four stories - adding up to about 140,000 words - mainly about the first Man-Kzin war and the Kzin conquest and decades-long occupation of the peaceful human colony world of Wunderland and what it does to the humans and kzin concerned - are teriffic.
"One War for Wunderland", the first and longest, is the "War and Peace" of the series, with something that's not been wrtiiten about earlier - a big Man-Kzin set-piece battle. The story is narrated by Nils Rykermann, a biologist, who features also is two of the other stories.
"The Corporal in the Caves" is set years later, with the Kzin rooting out the human resistance in the great caves of Wunderland. Like one or two scenes in "One War for Wunderland", the last word in this one, when I read it and realised what had actually happened, moved me to tears, the first time a book has one that for a long while.
"Music Box" is set near the end of the war. There is also a cross-conflict between the humans and kzin who want peace and those on both sides who want the war fought to the bitter end. Also some humans -and kzin - are beginning to change sides. There is a good bit of humor in this one too, as when a terrible-looking but actually relatively kindly old Kzin warrior, Raargh, wakes up a sleeping woman to whom he must deliver a message and to spare her modesty as she wakes and sits up tells her: "No need to cover teets. Raargh has seen before." The last scene is quite hilarious and a relief from a lot of the tension and tragedy earlier. These are real characters whose fates you care about.
"Peter Robinson" is set many years later, in the time of Ringworld, and is a sort of Gothic horror-story in space.
Incidentally, "His Sergeant's Honour" in Man-Kzin IX, seems to occurr between the first two and the last two stories in this volume, which are otherwise in chronological order.
I'm really drawn into the saga now and can't wait to see what happens next!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of the Wars July 31, 2003
When I ran across this book, one of the authors' names seemed familiar: Hal Colepatch. In 1981 I knew someone by that name, at the University of Western Australia, in Perth, Australia. Then I read the dustjacket, and indeed it is the same person. Didn't know back then that he was interested in science fiction. Small world.
What I did know in 1981 was that he was quite articulate and logical; no surprise since he is a lawyer. Quite skilled at analysing political issues. In this book, he shows these qualities, along with a polished writing flair. The book is a gathering of short stories set at the start and end of the Man-Kzin Wars. They mesh smoothly into the framework set by the 9 other volumes in this series. No impedance mismatch.
The first story is the most interesting; set when the Kzin invade Wunderland at the beginning of the first war. Earlier volumes have episodes set on Wunderland during and at the end of the occupation. Those contain brief allusions to the invasion. This story fleshes it out. The battle scenes are quite well done, with the requisite gore and minor human victories. The humans cannot actually WIN in the story, you see, because they have to endure a 50 year occupation, as depicted in the previous volumes.

Subsequent stories are set after the war. Not badly done, either. But for me, I found the first to be the most compelling. Its depictions of the social structure of the human world and the underlying tensions made it seem more credible. There is an analogy here with David Drake's well received Honor Harrington series. While those are military science fiction, he has also expanded on the intricacies of the warring societies, and in doing so, made it more than just a cardboard space opera. Something similar seems to be happening here.
Let us hope Colepatch keeps writing!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it August 11, 2005
By Thayla
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book and believe me I am not easy to impress. The thing that really hit home for me was the possiblities, the amazing future we can never fully imagine. A land of no war could it be possible and then we get attacked. What bitter irony, that we the makers of destruction can get attacked by a foe almost as vicious as we are.

But overall it was the humanity of the stories that I loved. The characters so well developed seemed almost real to me, and the world of wunderland a warm place to let the imagination run wild.

The Corporal in the Caves was my favourite followed closely by Music Box.

The honesty and the realities all created a world of truth and possiblities. I love that about these stories, that nothing is impossible. That man can be better than he is and,though it may take a formidable foe to learn the lessons, that we are capable of so much more. Music box spoke to that, to the fact that we are capabe of inflicting such horrible pain. But we are also capable of so much compassion. Like a strange virus we somehow keep surviving no matter the odds.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quite bizarre review! July 8, 2004
I found the previous review quite bizarre.
I read this long - 140,000 words - book in a single enthralled sitting, and was not distracted by any spelling or other errors. After reading the review printed below I went through it again carefully, and found no substantial errors - one or two, like a paragraph not fully indented somewhere, that was about it. I'm a free-lance writer and I'm used to looking for such things.
What I did find was a number of subtle jokes and linkages between the stories that I'd missed the first time around. This is a book that re-pays re-reading because re-reading reveals new depths to both the stories and the characters.
The previous reviewer's complaint may be because the author, Hal Colebatch, is Australian and there are some Australian spellings. These are very minor variations, not errors.
What matters is that the stories are excellent - fast-paced, exciting and in some cases moving.
I was near a tear at the very end of "The Corporal in the Caves" when the meaning of the last word sank in, and laughed out loud at the end of "Music Box," with its wonderful relaxation of tension after the nail-biting drama and tragedy of the preceding chapters, and the transformation of Nils Rykermann from the bitter guerrilla (did i spell that right?) warrior and exterminationist into the kindly professor.
More very soon, please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Man-Kzin stories
I love the Man-Kzin Wars stories and I have them all. Good Sci-Fi/Fantasy reading.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good science fiction novel.
Published 1 month ago by T. McGinley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 4 months ago by Tim Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Book
Published 6 months ago by Kevin R. Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Man-Kzin Wars X
Excellent continuation of the series. Enjoyed every minute of it.
Published 8 months ago by K. M. Valentini
4.0 out of 5 stars The book was pretty good, but its hard to measure up to ...
The book was pretty good , but its hard to measure up to the old Pournelle Niven's combination
Published 9 months ago by Bearslayer
1.0 out of 5 stars Pass on it
Obviously not written by Niven. Just not very good.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in the known space series.
Title says it all. It's a must read. There really isn't more to say, if you like known space this is a must read.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely superb
This volume in the Man-Kzin series covers an immensity of time, distance, species-change in an incredibly moving and precisely drawn series of tales. It's exceedingly well done.
Published 15 months ago by Peter D. Springberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Another well done addition to the series
Considering that the series is a collaborative effort, the team does a good job in staying consistent. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
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