"Colorful characters and pulse-pounding narrative drive. Niven is a true master!"--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The idea is a good one. The Kzin are a catlike race that has become the rulers of all they survey. The premise is that they are raised from birth to fight. Very aggressive. They always think it is better to kill the unknown rather than try to understand it.
However, the execution of the idea didn't work out so well. The first story was pretty good. Short, but good. It should have been a book by itself. It would have been a great starting point for a series. I even read the second book in the series just in case....
The second and third stories were not very good. I read about 30 pages in the second story. It felt like work to read it. I kept trying to come up with excuses to not read it. Finally, I gave up and skipped to the third story. Same thing.... A couple of pages in it and I closed the book and put it in the trade in pile.
Anyway. Use your own judgement. Read a few pages of the second story. It is a majority of the book anyway.
Humankind is still in the infancy of type 2 civilization and is still lumbering around in Reaction Mass Relativistic Starships, not having discovered how to manipulate gravity yet. At least we have learned to control our own predatory inclination toward war. Or so we thought.
In the middle of nowhere, humans encounter a technological race. Assumptions about star faring civilizations nearly cost us our hides, literally. The Kzin are not only aggressive, they are carnivorous. Man learns war all over.
Larry Niven uses the concept of parallel evolution to create a world in which the Great Cats, not primates, evolve into intelligence. The Kzin bring back the ancient battle between primitive man and the saber tooth. and the excitement of the hunt.. Only this time the cat has Gravity Polarizer starships! This novel is only the beginning of the fun! read on!
Niven does not use a progressive time line in his novels. These are individual, albeit connected stories of the Man Kzin Wars. The characters might or might not know or associate with one another, and the series encompasses long periods of time.
But once you read the first book, and get hooked on the rest, You will never look at kitty the same way again!
This is not the world's most serious or enlightening science-fiction, but it IS fun.
All three stories in this book are fun romps through the future and are well... Read more