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am 21. Juni 2000
"RingWorld" is so well-knowen that I feel kinda stupid for writing about it - but for those who have'nt read it thus far (and there for cannot call themselves true sci-fi readers):
the protagonist is Louis Wu - a 200 years old human , whom a Peirson's-Puppeteer kidnapp's together with speaker-to-animals - a Kzinty ambassedor , in order to investigate Ringworld - an immense structure , a partial Dyson sphere , a ring around a sun , built by an unknowen race of frightening power. The Puppeteers must have more information. The builders might be dangerous.
The puppeteer , Louis and speaker travel to Ringworld , "land" upon it and go through many adventures in order to mend their spaceship (yes it's hurt , eventhough it's a general-products hull).
This book is among the most praised science fiction books in the world , like "Dune" or the original "Foundation" trilogy , and rightfully so ; I promise you one of the most memorable protagonists you have read about , and ofcourse , no side-kick is equel to speaker-to-animals. The plot is excellent , the science is superb if you let the few points that make this a science-FICTION work pass with a smile instead with a grunt. Besides , not everyone will understand enough to recognize a scientific immposibility , and therefore , the science is also great.
Since we are talking about Niven , you know the writing itself is excellent , filled with interesting ideas , facsinating races and cool weapons , in such good use that I can't put it to words - the book is just too great - read it.
"RingWorld" is a masterpiece by one of the best hard-style sci-fi writers , and is equeled by few indeed.
VERY RECOMMENDED.
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am 3. März 2006
Mir hat das Buch gefallen, ich fand es spannend und auch teilweise zum Schmunzeln, wenn schräge Situationen entstehen, die aus den ungewohnten Eigenheiten der Alien-Charaktere entstehen. Die Schilderungen der Ringwelt und der unklaren Motivationen der Puppeteer-Rasse erzeugen bei mir ungläubiges Staunen.
Das Lesen hat sich gelohnt, ich freu mich sls nächstes den zweiten Teil der Ringwelt-Reihe "The Ringworld Engineers" zu lesen.
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am 3. November 1999
This book was my first introduction to Larry Niven's Known Spac series. While I conceed that Ringworld is incredibly imaginative, the book does lack characterization and forward plot movement. It was not a fast read and I didn't understand enough of the geography of the setting. I often found myself wishing Ringworld was a visual experience rather than literary. I would have given up on Known Space if I didn't happen to pick up Neutron Star at a used bookstore. I don't think Ringworld is a proper introduction to Known Space - its too confusing. I give it four stars because while weak on its own, it nicely complements the other novels in the Known Space series which is the most imaginative, well-contructed and original universe in science-fiction. I love Known Space, its utterly fascinating! Too bad the number of Known Space books got so large that the framework became too unwieldly for Niven to work with. I also wanted to comment on the several references to Frank Herbert on this forum. While I love Dune, I think any Frank Herbert comparisons are unfair. After, all Niven's a hard science-fiction writer, he doesn't even belong to the same school as Herbert. His books have their own vitality. Also, I didn't find the sexual content to be gratuitous - there are no graphic descriptions. The sex is strictly PG-13.
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am 27. Oktober 1998
Ringworld is among the best sci-fi works I've ever read. Actually it's among the best books I've ever read at all. It is amazingly colourful, imaginative and appealing. Some might be put off by the very technical "hard-science" style, but I think that that actually enhances the story. There are so many incredible and very intriguing ideas incorporated in this book that it makes the reader dizzy. It's so convincingly written that in the end, you almost start thinking that the incredible world of Ringworld is for real. When I first began reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It just stuck to my hand like glue. I was completely spellbound by Niven's incredible visions and ideas. I finished it in one day. I am really a party animal, but I came too late to a party that night because I had to finish Ringworld. I can't recommend this book enough! I myself was told that it was great when I bought it, but I had no idea just how great it really was. It surpassed my wildest expectations, and has made me the huge Niven-fan I am today!
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am 20. März 2000
A mysterious (and mad) stranger offers a rich prize to an apparently mismatched crew, if they will undertake a dangerous mission to a strange land - the Ringworld.
Far from a typical adventure yarn, Ringworld is a landmark science fiction story. The worlds and cultures, the future human history, and the technology conceived for this book (and for other related Known Space stories) are a major achievement of imagination. Larry Niven has a gift for making them all fit and work together into a cohesive and enjoyable whole.
The exploration of the Ringworld, a massive artifact of mysterious origins, forms the backdrop for a further exploration of the history and the cultures in Larry Niven's Known Space series.
Ringworld provides insights and intriguing clues about the two principal alien species of the novel, the Kzin and the Puppeteers, and the history of their interactions with the human race. The creation of alien viewpoints and personalities is exceptionally well handled here. Nessus and Speaker-to-Animals are credible characters with unique viewpoints.
I was particularly pleased with the handling of the warrior culture of the Kzin. Speaker-to-Animals is aggressive and proud, but also intelligent, articulate and judicious. Contrast this with the one dimensional, noble but simple minded Klingons of Star Trek NG.
Ringworld has my recommendation. Other Larry Niven books worth reading include Neutron Star and Protector.
I don't recommend Ringworld Engineers, the sequel to this book.
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am 11. April 1997
Ringworld. Niven's solution to one heck of a population problem for a species that was so advanced it was scary. Thousand-year old technology built this masterpiece perfect...or did it. That is what Louis Wu: 200 year old space-worn traveler, Teela Brown: 20 year old walking rabbit's foot, Nessus: A two headed, three footed Pierson's Puppetter whose species likes playing God, and Speaker: an 8' tall Kzin with orange fur, and a 'sharp' smile. They are drawn together by fate to gather more data about Ringworld, a ring built around a star, billions of times Earth's surface area, to collect data and determine whether it is habital or just a worthless space artifact. The puppetter's need the world, due to a core explosion's radioactive wave, which will reach them in a hundred years (destroying everything). As they explore it they discover that something went terribly wrong here once, something they weren't supposed to find out about. Do they, and with their ship wrecked by an old Ringworld defense system, will they ever leave to tell others the secrets of Ringworld. Niven answers these questions in his masterpiece: Ringworld
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am 10. Mai 1999
I didn't read all of Ringworld. I couldn't. Niven's writing is confusing and fragmented. If you have more patience than me, you might like it. Otherwise, pick up something else, like A Clockwork Orange or Ender's Game.
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am 24. Mai 1999
As I reflect upon this book, it becomes more and more aggrevating. I began reading this book with great expectations and in the beginning was not dissappointed. I felt a great sense of amazement at what Niven was laying out for us. However, as I believe must always happen with sciencefiction, the book began to dissappointe. I guess this is the inherent flaw with a book written by a human mind, we can only realate what we have experienced. And none of us has experienced anything other-worldly. Perhaps then it is no surprise to discover who the ringworld engineers are. Neverless, I keep expecting more from such a highly rated book.
Once the exploration crew had landed on the ringworld, the book was over for me. The graduer of the ringworld metled into the normalcy of everyday experience. I guess I'm just expecting to much. I think I'm going to need a real alien encounter to be satisfied. However, Niven's creativity seemed to be placed entirely on the concept of the ringworld. The story itself is unimaginative.
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am 20. Februar 1999
Even fans of Larry Niven will be awed by the stirring vision he presents in Ringworld. A band of six hundred million miles in length and a million miles wide is set in orbit around the sun. Although obviously manufactured by an advanced alien civilization, it is discovered by an exploration team to be utterly devoid of intelligent life.
Headed by the swashbuckling Louis Wu, the crew sets out on a laborious trek to expose the mystery of the immense ring's existence. When their journey finally brings them face to face with an entirely primitive humanoid race living in the ruins of a highly-developed metropolis, Wu senses that the solution is all but imminent. Yet little does he know what unapparent mighty forces are secretly at work on the Ringworld.
Despite the book's surrealistic appearance, its idea is based on a distinct scientific possibility. But even though merging a discernible amount of fact with the fiction, Niven ensures a primarily entertaining read with his playful characters and settings.
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am 25. März 1998
This was my first Niven Book, and I have to say, what is all the hoopla about?
The -CONCEPT- of ringworld is fantastic, and really sent my mind reeling, however I had to work very hard at forming the imagry as Niven's descriptions were lacking at best.
The characters and plot were also great in THEORY, however Niven's execution and development was less then spectacular. In the so called 'climax' I found I didnt care about any of the characters, if they lived or died was of no concern.. they seemed as words on paper, nothing more.
It must be that Niven's style just dosent suit me, as I enjoy other Sci-Fi Authors a great deal, but then again they have some descriptive talant that niven lacks.
Overall It is a superior idea with inferior stylings. If you agree with this, I'd suggest Reading anything by David Brin, or Most of anything by John Varley.. (Varley's 'titan' trilogy is a lot like ringworld, but MUCH better IMHO)
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