Review: Ringworld

Ringworld by Larry NivenRingworld by Larry Niven
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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars5 out of 5 stars
First Published: January 1970
Read from: July 07 to 10, 2013

Ringworld – A Fun & Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Adventure [Niven Re-Read]

Reread as part of Sword & Laser book club pick for the month of July. I finished this early in the month, wrote a quick note, but am only now doing a full review.

I have read Ringworld an unknown number of times in the past and it is definitely one of my favorite all time “hard sci-fi” exploration adventure stories. Whenever I read it I can’t put it down. Of course it now has me in the mood to consume the sequel Ringworld Engineers which I also enjoy (though not quite as much).

Obviously I love this book. And being biased and having read it so many times I feel I may not be able to give it a normal review here. Instead, having read some other people’s negative reviews, I think I will respond to some of their points.

The reviews on this book seem split. Either people love it or they don’t. But the reasons many of those who don’t give seem to amount to some combinations of the following two statements:

NOTE: spoilers follow… Click the SHOW button below to read on.

Spoiler: Ringworld- Sexist & Juvinile?! Show

In short, Ringworld is damn good sci-fi.


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