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"Niven...showcases his ability to use SF to explore mind-boggling, universal questions....[The stories], taken altogether, radiate Niven's wit and technological inventiveness." ( Booklist)
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By D. Arkless on 04-07-07
A Great Listen
This is really just a lot of fun to listen to.
I have read everything that Larry Niven has written. Most things more than once. I was hooked on his short stories over three decades ago when I read "Neutron Star". His humor and his insight into the human race and his ability to ask the "What if?" question and then take that ball and run with it is always paramount.
In this collection (which contains a couple of stories not in earlier collections) he answers "What if a human had the only alien species friendly bar on earth?"
Each time I read or listen to these stories I am refreshed and I find something new to think about and I have a chuckle or two.
I think you will too!
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Katherine on 12-21-07
While I enjoy reading science fiction, I don't usually enjoy it as much in audio format. However, this book inspired me to give science fiction another chance. I like the short story format for this type of story and it kept me interested on several long trips. While it wasn't the deepest or most profound book ever written, it had an interesting main character and a creative look at a possible future neighborhood bar.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful