Juggler of Worlds

Juggler of Worlds

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For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds.  Now Sigmund is pulling the strings...   Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and potential - and imaginary - of foes both human and alien.  Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?   He may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies.  Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth's traitors and adversaries, even after the race he represents abruptly vanishes from Known Space.   As a paranoid, Sigmund had always known things would end horribly for him.  Only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all had eluded him.  That fog has begun to lift...   But even Sigmund has never imagined how far his investigations will take him - or that his destiny is entwined with the fates of worlds.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765318268
0765318261
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION NIVEN L
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lerner, Edward M.

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lmoras
Dec 02, 2013

Jugglers of Worlds --- by Larry Niven and Edward M Lernert. Even with two authors, this is the best they could come up with? I’ve read a lot of science fiction in my time, some of it juvenile and some of it much less so but Jugglers seems to miss the mark on all accounts. My main complaint is that there’s no plot. Sorry, excuse me. The plot moves at glacial speed. After 100 pages into this novel, I’m still waiting. I’m waiting for something to happen. Science fiction used to be about adventure. It used to be about action. It used to be about suspense. Nope. None of these here. Thank goodness nobody had the temerity to suggest that this novel was in the same league of anything by Heinlein. Disappointing.

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gstark123
Apr 11, 2013

Interesting prequel to the Ringworld series... First of the Fleet of Worlds series.

It.s a gripping yarn and, while not Niven's best, far better than most of the competition on the SF shelf.

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goglover
Dec 01, 2008

Retelling of some of the earlier Known space tales from a very different viewpoint. Interesting but the main protagonist isn't as compelling as earlier heros.

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