Find out more about Man-Kzin Wars XIII by Larry Niven at Simon & Schuster. Read book reviews & excerpts, watch author videos & more. In war and in uneasy peace, kzin and humans continue their adventures with a masterful addition to the Man-Kzin Wars shared universe created by multiple. Read “Man-Kzin Wars XIII” by Jane Lindskold with Rakuten Kobo. Larry Niven’s bestselling Man-Kzin series continues! The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about wafs problem. Return to Book Page. The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 09, Trike rated it really liked it Shelves: The Man-Kzin Wars series has been my favorite escapist literature since the first one debuted 25 years ago. Some of the books in the series have been brilliant, some terrible, but overall they’ve been quite entertaining. This volume is decidedly on the “really mah end of the spectrum.
Overlooking those lapses, though, shows a really fine collection overall. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Larry Niven’s Known Space books is that they generally don’t take themselves too seriously. There’s always the wry viewpoint which underscores everything. The best of the Man-Kzin stories capture that.
Man-Kzin Wars XIII by Larry Niven
The most brilliant example occurs in the very first volume with Dean Ing’s story “Cathouse. However, here we have the Alex Hernandez tale “At the Gates” which fits right in with that same style. It’s a fine line to walk and many authors aren’t as successful at it, but when they hit it, everything is golden. Known Space is a lot like Star Trek: Fox — Colebatch is probably the most-active veteran of the M-K Wars. His stories have been all over the place for me, and this is one of the weaker ones.
I don’t know Fox’s work, so I have no idea how much influence she had on the story. This is the weakest tale of the bunch. Two Types of Teeth by Jane Lindskold — I quite liked this story, primarily because of the pay-off of the title. It’s about a Kzin POW and the woman tasked with studying him.
There’s some stuff about Helsinki Syndrome and politics, but this is one of those tales which feels somewhat canonical.
Many of the M-K stories aren’t canon, according to Niven, but he’s only talked about a couple. Even without knowing about the larger aspects of Known Space a reader can easily follow this straight-forward story. Pick of the Litter by Charles E. Gannon — This novella is the longest of the bunch and the heart of the book.
A special taskforce captures a bunch of Kzin kits who are then raised in captivity during the early years of the Wars so humans can study them. It’s interesting in and of itself, but I also like how it fills in gaps in the M-K backstory about how humans learned to exploit Kzin emotional tendencies and physiological responses. Tomcat Tactics by Charles E. Gannon — This is pretty much a sequel to the previous story.
Much of it is the pay-off to the various bits of knowledge gleaned over the 25 year span in “Pick of the Litter. These two stories really feel like Gannon has done his homework from previous volumes and has slotted his tales expertly into them, obliquely referencing things which happened in other volumes concerning the planet Wunderland. Plus all of his dates feel right. If they ever update the Wunderland War volume, these need to go with it.
It truly captures the flavor of the classic tales of Known Space as written by Niven: The only thing I didn’t care for was that the main Kzin character, Healer-of-Hunters, refers to having eaten a pet Pug as a young kit. That was just unnecessary. Pugs are such pleasant, happy-to-meet-you dogs. Now, Chihuahuas on the other hand And I mean “the other hand” literally: My Pugs wouldn’t have done that. Anyway, we finally get to find out what happened to Angel’s Pencilthe human spaceship which first encountered the Kzin way back in That’s how old this universe is that Niven has created.
Zeno’s Roulette by David Bartell — I’m not sure what to make of this story. It’s really good and feels quite a bit like the previous one, but it really amps up the stakes by evoking many of the heavy kzjn in the Known Space universe: In mercenary Flex Bothme a pseudonym Bartell has created a character the equal to the likes of Wrs Wu, the hero of the Ringworld books, but there’s something kxin about him and not quite complete.
It’s a good story, but again it went to a dark place more than once. Wasr not against that but Bound for Paradise by Alex Hernandez — This ties in with “At the Gates”, pointing to bigger things to come with the descendants of Angel’s Pencil and a new direction for the Known Space universe. Providing Niven lets it stand as canon, of course. This is brief and direct, almost a coda for everything that’s gone before.
One of the things I’ve always liked about Niven’s universe is the names of his spaceships. Instead of boring names like “Intrepid” and “Endeavour,” he’s always given them fanciful names: Angel’s Pencil and Hot Needle of Inquiry. We’ve got some good ones in this volume, too. Sep 03, Chris rated it really liked it.
This book differed from the rest of the series a bit. They made an attempt xkii link the stories together, although the Catscratch Wwrs didn’t make much sense as the same ship in two ciii separated stories. But this volume contained the first story in this series which I actively disliked. Jane Lindskold ‘s Jenni Anixter is the protagonist of “Two Types of Teeth”, where she view spoiler [befriends and frees a kzin. So far, so good. But she decides in her first interview that “Otto Bismarck” is t This book differed from the rest of the series a bit.
But she decides in her first interview that “Otto Bismarck” is trouble. Then she decides he’s actively dangerous and evil, so she helps the kzin kidnap him.
In addition to enslavement and torture of a fellow human being, this hands over a valuable prisoner and intelligence source to the enemy during a war for survival. WTF was Lindskold thinking? On the other hand, “Pick of the Litter” by Charles E. Gannon was excellent, with a much different take on captivity and interspecies relations.
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Sep 08, Sal Coraccio rated it it was amazing. Everything to love about this series; one of the long-time friends that hits me in the feels when they come to visit. I was surprised to learn xioi Niven wrote the first Man-Kzin stories inand it later grew into the Known Space series which encompasses most of his other books and the books of several collaborators. I was first exposed to the series inwhen the first spin-off arrived, and consumed each one ever since.
You’ll read it regardless of what I say, but I say “read it”.
If Everything to love about this series; one of the long-time friends that hits me in the feels when they come to visit. If you don’t, it’s only because you have read the other twelve books – and you should.
Jun 26, Scottie Kosiewicz jr.
I think it was a great book but I had a hard time keeping up with all the different names every time it was a new chapter. But other than that I think it was a great book. I also think that it was a good way for me to get ready for middle school. It had a lot of words that were a bit hard at first but I soon figured them out and understood it perfectly.
I like the series it is a great series that is “suppose” to be for young adults. Aug 25, Karen A. Wyle rated it really liked it Shelves: I thoroughly enjoyed most of the stories in this collection, and skimmed through a few.
My favorite would be the story-or-maybe-it’s-a-novella “Pick of the Litter,” notable for its sympathetic xiki well as its realistically irritating characters.
Nov 03, Bruce rated it liked it. A typical xii of this most exception of two series that manages to be Energizer Bunny of good science fiction in wsrs contemporary environment.