Destiny's Road

Destiny's Road

by Larry Niven
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Destiny's Road by Larry Niven

Wide and smooth, the Road was seared into planet Destiny's rocky surface by the fusion drive of the powered landing craft, Cavorite. The Cavorite deserted the original interstellar colonists, stranding them without hope of contacting Earth.

Now, descendants of those pioneers have many questions about the Road, but no settler who has gone down it has ever returned. For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot—and he sets out to uncover the many mysteries of Destiny's Road.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812511062
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 05/15/1998
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,104,031
Product dimensions: 6.52(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces, and fantasy novels including the Magic Goes Away series. His Beowulf's Children, co-authored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times bestseller. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to follow at times.
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Hongkongluna More than 1 year ago
It reminded of me of some of Heinlein's work where the story just drags on and on and gradually loses any interesting qualities it may have had in the beginning. Oh, except for the casual sex that aging SF authors wish was the norm. BORING. LAME. When you have no more ideas, stop writing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book probably about 10 times now. I do not know what it is about this book but I have to pick it up and read it every few months. I highly recommend this to anyone, yet I know this book is not for everyone. Give it a try though, chances are you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a little over halfway thru this book and i'm still waiting for something interesting to happen.There are some parts that seem to be going somewhere but eventually all the main character ('Tim' Jemmy' or 'Andrew Dowd' depending on where you are in the story)manages to do is cook, eat and have sex with the local women of whatever town he happens to be in. I dont see much hope in this story keeping my attention very much longer but stranger things have happened.The best thing about this book is the cover art. Nothing personal against the author but I was hoping for something that was worth my trip to Barnes & Noble in a snow storm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Larry Niven book I read. I was on a trip to Keystone, Colorado and even on vacation surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, I couldn't put the book down. I finished it in record time. Since then, I've read other Larry Niven books, including the Ring World series, but Destiny's Road is still my favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good to see a pure Niven work again. Building off the 'Heorot' works, Niven has put his own unique vision into the speculation of the development of the first human colonies and the basis is a stunningly simple premise: at the very basic cellular building block level, we are not evolutionarily equipped to live on other worlds. Good work here and good science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Destiny's Road, on the first read, is confusing and hard to follow in places. This book is one of those that opens up and reveals itself on a second read. It would have been much better as a series. It jumps quite a few years into the protagonist's future in order to wrap up the story and in doing so leaves the reader with a feeling of having missed something. These faults pale when compared against the whole and if one is a fan of science-fiction this is a wonderful novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've read, and I've read it several times over for the pure enjoyment! For interesting planets and brave new worlds, this book has got it going on! For readers who found the '200-year man cruises the universe with nubile young chicks' of Niven's earlier novels a bit hackneyed, I recommend you give Niven another try. Niven's themes have come of age! The main character, Jemmy, is ... um ... impressive. And wait till you meet Harlow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Superb reading...great story!