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Building Harlequin's Moon

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    Don't Bother

    My headline should say it all. This book never gets off the ground, to use a bad pun. Right down there with a book by Dietz. You would think Niven would QC something with his name on it a bit better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    Niven Lite

    I really like Larry Niven's books. They're like jumping onto a fast moving freight train. You have to pay attention because he's always ten steps ahead of the reader. After the first three chapters Niven leaves and Cooper takes over. The result is predictable and DULL. Other reviews have indicated the book is set up for a sequel, who cares?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    loved it hope there is a sequel Anonymous

    Loved it hope there is a sequel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Not bad but not great story telling

    A long read for an ok story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    A fantastic adventure

    I love observing how humans might theoretically build planets! And the societal adjustments that occur due to the implications of interstelar space travel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Enjoyed this book, not sure why it has bad reviews.

    Granted it does start off fast and slows down towards the middle/end, to me it doesn't take anything away. I thought it was a great read, keep up the good work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Good Airplane book

    Picked this up while stuck at an airport.
    Was alright to keep me occupied but not likely to have been one bought normally.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Great idea - follow-through lacking

    An absolutely fabulous setup--I so much enjoyed the first few chapters. It's worth reading (or at least starting) just for the story of the terra-forming process: so cool. However, after the initial setup, the story is a bit ho-hum. The story just can't keep up with the great premise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    An interstellar pit-stop becomes so much more

    Rachel is a slave. She doesn¿t know it but she is a disposable human, bred for the work of getting the space ship John Glenn back on its way, and when the job is finished she will be discarded. All of her people share this plight and they can¿t be allowed to learn the truth. When the John Glenn suffered damage en route to its original destination, the captain was forced to divert to a nearby solar system to make repairs. The repairs include refueling the ship with antimatter, which requires building a collider, which requires a manufacturing base, which requires a world populated by workers. Gabriel, the chief terraformer of the John Glenn crew, takes up the task of making a world from the moons of a gas giant named Harlequin (thus the title of the book). Gabriel awakens and returns to frozen storage many times before the moon he fashions is ready for people. When the moon is ready, a selection of Earth-born are awakened to bear children who will become the Moon-born. Once you buy into the setup of this book, the story unfolds wonderfully. Behind the human drama, the book includes a showcase of technology required to carve an existence for humans out of the void. A large cast of believable characters (perhaps a bit too large) struggle over the fate of the Moon-born. Alliances shift and evolve along with the civilization on Harlequin¿s moon to a dramatic showdown that threatens both populations. Rachel, a reluctant leader and reluctant rebel, must at last make a stand as the only person who can bridge the two worlds. The ending is not really a surprise, if you think about it, but getting there is all the fun in this book. It is strong on human politics, mild sexuality, and technology but it might not be entirely satisfying for those who thrive on military action and huge space battles. Near the end, a number of Moon-born characters are introduced and I struggled to keep up with who is who. Still, there is plenty for the science fiction enthusiast to enjoy and I recommend this book for all readers 14 or older. Reviewed by Hugh Mannfield at stormbold.com

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic

    In Earth¿s distant future, AI¿s don¿t always act in a manner that will help humanity, nanotechnology is out of control; and politics make the planet a very unsafe place to live. The machines that were designed to help mankind might very well be the seeds of their own destruction. Three spaceships flee earth heading for the planet Ymir vowing to do away with the advanced technologies that brought their home world to the brink of ruin...................... The John Glen had a mishap that caused them to end up in a solar system dominated by the gas giant Harlequin. Gabriel, a terraformer, creates Selene out of the various moons. When Selene is habitable the High Council has the colonists breed children that are native to Selene. Their job is to help the Earthborn to build a collidor that will gather anti-matter to power the John Glenn so they can travel to their original destination. As the moonborn, who are little more than slaves, begin to realize their ultimate fate once they are left behind, a schism opens up between the two groups that could lead to violence unless the council takes a less militant attitude and rectifies the situation........................ Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper are an excellent writing team. Readers are able to see how Selene is created from an uninhabited rock into a terraformed world capable of supporting humanity. The authors concentrate on world building and characterizations so that readers are privy to the birth of a new orb and how it was done. A sequel involving the planet Ymir would satisfy many readers¿ curiosity about the eventual fate of the other two ships...................... Harriet Klausner

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