Friday, June 1, 2012

Man-Kzin Wars XIII Review

The thirteenth volume of a series I've been reading since it's first published compilation in 1988. The Man-Kzin Wars are set in Larry Niven's 'Known Space' universe (which includes the Ringworld ) and encompasses the conflict between humanity and a hyper-aggressive feline species known as the Kzinti which are bent on enslaving (and devouring) mankind.

 One thing I like about this series is that many of the stories interact w/ eachother even over decades and multiple volumes and this book is no exception, expanding on story arcs and locations mentioned elsewhere. Not all the stories fit canon (such as Kzin characters not using base 8 in their math) and some, such as 'Misunderstanding', are outright silly but the majority is true to form, combining interesting characters, intricate plots and detailed environments w/ hard science. 

A worthwhile addition to the series and my library.

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GBBL said...

Did you know that an episode of the ANIMATED Star Trek had Kzinti in it?

(The newest WV sucks mightily.)

Fill Yer Hands said...

The only cat I ever owned was a tabby named Speaker to Animals. I mande up my mind to always refuse to explain the name.

No one ever asked.

I think there's a lesson in there about how my friends see me.