I read this book about 28-Dec-2009. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2007. This note was last modified Saturday, 16-Jan-2010 19:44:31 PST.
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Again, I like this quite a lot. It feels like the authentic vintage Niven, which actual Niven hasn't for some time (though I've skipped some; maybe some of them do).
And this has the benefit of not being all filtered through Ausfaller. His viewpoint in Juggler of Worlds is fascinating, but not entirely pleasant.
This one spends a lot of time with the Puppeteers, and with their human Colonists. We also get a bit more information on Puppeteer reproduction; not only are the females non-sapient, they die in giving birth. Which leaves me wondering where they come from, because the math doesn't seem to work out!