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Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.
The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors. Incoming spacecraft are being destroyed before they can reach the Ringworld. Vampires are massing. And the Ghouls have their own agenda - if anyone dares approach them to learn.
Each race on the Ringworld has always had its own protector. Now it looks as if the Ringworld itself needs a protector. But who will sit on the Ringworld throne?
Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf’s Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
©1996 Larry Niven (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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“Readers who remember Ringworld from earlier encounters will no doubt relish the latest installment of the saga.” ( New York Times Book Review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By J. Gowan on 28-07-2015

Rishathra,Rishathra,Rishathra

Any additional comments?

I enjoy the series but i am sick of the constant interruption of the plot for Rishathra.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Aerindel on 06-09-2012

Should have stopped at the second book.

Unfortunately, this book is not really science fiction, or at least not the kind you normally expect from Larry Niven.

Taking place eleven years after the events in The Ringworld Engineers this book oddly is mostly about sex, and no, not romance but a kind of formalized inter-species ritual that all the the cultures on the ringworld seem to be obsessed with. They do it to seal trade negations, celebrate battle, or whenever they meet someone new.

Oh yeah, and vampires. Lots of vampires who emit a pheromone that makes everybody....you guessed it....want to have sex.

Now I don't mind sex and I don't particularly mind vampires but neither subject makes a good focus for what is supposed to be a hard sci-fi novel.

This really is a far cry from the the first book and very disappointing. I don't think I will continue with the series.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Mr. J. Forsyth on 11-12-2016

Worst so far in series. Very poor.

I struggled a bit with this, the first half of the story being so dislocated from the main plot (yes it links up and even set up aspects but really? Talk about the long way round). I dare say without it, vol and vampire nest, the story wouldn't suffer much. That says a lot to me about the story.

A plethora of new characters all with weird unpronounceable names (5* to narrator there!) and alien culture being thrown at the plot in rapid succession only to be held together by Larry Niven's love of rishathra (inter-species sex).. Its the third book and it still makes me cringe and let me tell you this book made me cringe A LOT. Just remembering the sheer amount and I'm downgrading my rating. The ending was more like the other books (actually the same as book 2 in principle) and seemed ok but I will not be reading anymore of these stories.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By John B Parkin on 11-06-2016

An excellent presentation.

To get the most out of it read / listen to Book 1 (at least) and Book 2. Incredible characters, plots and themes. A book that will, like the others from Larry Niven, be listened to many times.

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