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What would have made The Burning City better?
I'm a big fan of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and have listened to most of their books, somehow this was one book I just didn't get into. I listened to the first part and gave up. Pretty unusual for me since most of their other books engaged me so much that I had to stop myself from excercising too much (yes, I am exaggerating :-)
I'm going to continue to listen to their books, hopefully this was an anomaly where the story just didn't click for me.
What could Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The background of the world / book came in bits and pieces and it took me a long time to figure out the basic facts of the world. I was semi engaged in the book after I looked it up on wikipedia and figured out the part about the fire god and the lords.
What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He does a great job of telling the story and bringing the characters to life
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First the basics if you want a great self contained story you're at right place. However if you want your stories to say something to be an investigation of the human condition, to discuss morality from different view points, to examine class, family and question what power is, then this is a book is an essential read.
It contains Niven's ability to create a fully realised world and Pournelle's ability to create characters with motives and growth. It helps that this world is on edge between myths and the world we know.