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Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One Kindle Edition

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“His tales have pulse-pounding narrative drive. Niven is a true master!” ―Frederik Pohl

“Excellent and entertaining...woven together very skillfully and proceed[ing] at a pretty smooth pace.” ―Algis Budrys on Ringworld

“This rousing sequel to the classic Ringworld continues the adventures of Louis Wu and Speaker-to-Animals on that fantastic planet.” ―School Library Journal on The Ringworld Engineers; also selected as An ALA Best Book for Young Adult

About the Author

LARRY NIVEN is the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California. ROBERT MANDELL is the creator and co–writer for the bestselling series, Avalon: Web of Magic. Animated television credits include The King and I, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (Executive Producer), among others. SEAN LAM is an artist/illustrator who lives in Singapore and is best known for doing the art for It Takes a Wizard.


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  • File Size: 300612 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor/Seven Seas (July 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNTUVLO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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LARRY NIVEN is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. He lives in Chatsworth, California. JERRY POURNELLE is an essayist, journalist, and science fiction author. He has advanced degrees in psychology, statistics, engineering, and political science. Together Niven and Pournelle are the authors of many New York Times bestsellers including Inferno, The Mote in God's Eye, Footfall, and Lucifer's Hammer.

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I loved Ringworld when I read it 35 years ago. It allowed me access to the wonderful world of Larry Niven's Known Space. And I devoured every book I could and purchased every new one that came out. Last ones dealing with the Puppeteer Worlds migration.

So when I saw this was coming out as a graphic novel, I was excited. Like another reviewer, I enjoy graphic novels and expected the magnificent world of Louis Wu to translate into colors and images that met my expectations from 30+ years ago. They way Niven describes Louis and Teela's cosmetic alterations, the Kzinti's' magnificence, the majesty of the Puppeteer home world.

All muted in black and white cartoons. No depth. No majesty. No translation of those feelings of grandeur. Remember the description of the Arch as they traveled? The colors they saw from their flycycles? Nothing. Details lost in a poor adaptation of a great novel. I'm sorry but as a long time fan of Niven's tales, I find this graphic novel adaptation to be a HUGE letdown in so many ways. Color and depth of detail are needed for this novel. Shame on the editors for letting this go to print.
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By hollowman on September 18, 2014
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I LOVE comics and graphic novels. As a medium it's perfect-you get great stories matched with great artwork. Not so in this case. Using Manga to adapt a setting so vast and imaginative as Ringworld was doomed to failure. Lines are too simplistic, facial expressions too exaggerated, and although I love the black & white format it simply doesn't work for Ringworld. It doesn't do it justice. A world so insanely big as to circle around a star deserved full-colour, full-sized (not Manga-sized), two-page spreads as often as possible so we can all marvel at its beauty.

Ringworld is in my all-time Top Five and to see this adaptation was disappointing on every level. Credit where credit is due though: the script is actually all right, even if it's too quirky and goofy at times.

To see Pupeteer become the Jar-Jar equivalent of the Known Universe was extra painful.

Verdict: skip this and stick to the images Niven himself planted in your head.
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I own and have re-read Ringworld since it first came out and it's still a deep and affecting novel. I pre-ordered this graphic version, thinking that it would come in like Fables, Sandman or the Doctor Who graphic novels, but it's a very basic black and white manga style. Granted, the artist has taken care to be accurate, but Niven's original prose is gorgeous and his descriptions are so very beautiful, they have been incredibly illustrated elsewhere on covers with orange Kzin, Louis in his brilliant costumes, the floating white cities against the rising arch of emerald forests, golden deserts, turquoise oceans and varied denizens of the singing science. This is so disappointingly plain, more like storyboard drafts. I don't understand why it couldn't at least have been in color.
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First off I knew I was getting a graphic novel not the original book as it seems that most peoples complaints are that is is not the original book....read the title people.
Personally I enjoyed this adaptation of the story, it's been a long time since I read the original and didn't expect it to to match my memories perfectly just like a movie is never the same as a book. Still thought it carried the story-line well and I look forward to the next issue.
I read it on my Tablet so I had a larger screen than an e reader still i had to use the enlarged version (double tap) that goes frame by frame on the page so I could clearly read the words, but that would be my old eyes.
Now Spoiler alert

And for those who know the story, part 1 ends with the sunflower attack on Speaker
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Quick review: fairly faithful attention to the details of the original but the artwork doesn't do it for me. Particularly Speaker and the Puppeteers are just not quite how I pictured them. Yes, I know there's precedent for the drawing style and some would say I'm picking on a detail. But that detail is a key feature of this edition as a graphic novel and it just fell flat for me. Still, the story is a classic, and the book worthy of a three-star rating based on the storytelling and a very good attempt at drawing classic characters. I'll certainly read the next book so that's as positive as I can be about this version. Recommended, but with reservations.
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Ring World is My favorite book. This version is a comic book that stops half way through the story. Presumably, the rest will be finished later. I'm not sure I want the second half.
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You, know, I liked this, but somehow, it just falls short. Not quite sure why. It might be that black-and-white, small field graphics just are not right for this story. It's not a good way to depict the grandeur of a superstructure. It's a faithful adaptation (IMHO Speaker-to-animals does not look quite right) and I appreciate that. The drawings of the human characters seems stereotypical. They look like characters I have seen a thousand times. Louis Wu is not this extravagantly muscled. Here again, the lack of color might hurt. Color is an important part of the character's description. Still, I'll get the second half, when it comes out.
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Finally on Kindle (in July)
The deletion was accidental- but I did see that it was book 1 of 10 of the Ringworld series.

What does 'manga adaptation' mean? The references I googled are anime and gaming.

When I saw the other author and illustrator I thought it had to be new content, but I have heard from a very reputable... Read More
Dec 27, 2013 by Alan S. Rosenberg |  See all 8 posts
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