Bowl of Heaven

Bowl of Heaven

Book - 2012
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A human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by the discovery of an immense bowl-shaped structure in space that leads to hostile alien encounters and profound revelations about humanity's place in the universe.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765328410
0765328410
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION BEN
SCI BENFO-G
Characteristics: 412 pages : 1 illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Niven, Larry

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NealWSyrette
Sep 16, 2016

I have enjoyed Niven's previous literary works (and concepts) and can appreciate his vision of concept and ideals being written throughout this one story. I am unfortunately unfamiliar with any of Benford's style of writing to make any sort of comment outside of comparisons in writing style with what is Niven's. (anything that isn't what I am already familiar with).

It doesn't always make a fair assessment of a writer's talent.

The story I found interesting if not familiar in concept to the Ringworld series, yet Bendford tends to add an element of morality and lessons dictated through the psychology of his characters (the aliens) in contrast to what we already know of "man".

"Maintaining the status quo" and how mankind (beings limited by time) then interacts with such an ideal.

Not a must read but interesting none the less if only for the imagery it portrays through the use of just the right words. They lead if not forcefully, then directly down a certain imagining of what they are trying to create as writers; the image in your mind of the world, creatures and people. An enjoyable read if only on the basis of literary talent between these two writers. Sometimes its not the story but how well it is told...

I am, hmmm, 'tentatively' waiting for the second in the series, if only for the curiosity created by the first.

- Neal

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danomcd
Sep 11, 2015

fun old school sci-fi although it was very hard to actually envision the size of the bowl that they found in space.

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nancytucson
Aug 27, 2015

awesome old school science fiction. great plot and characters

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adam1999
Oct 23, 2014

Abrupt ending and somewhat disjointed writing make for an underwhelming book from two "masters of SF". I haven't read much of Benford's work but I love Niven's earlier works, which makes this particularly disappointing...

emilitanteadvey Sep 23, 2014

I am upset with how this book ended so suddenly with no real segway into the sequel, but overall, fairly well written, intriguing, and thought provoking.

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mumkin
Feb 07, 2013

Formulaic, uninspired, and worst of all, part one of a series. I hold a grudge against every SF author who contributed a glowing blurb for the cover. This is a stinker.

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cocodog
Jan 05, 2013

I was truly disappointed in this book. Benford is better than this! The book is really about a half-book, meant simply to sell others in as series. In order to stretch this short story out into a book, Benford uses long, boring, and unintelligible soliliqys into the thoughts of the principal elien character. Not really "bad" reading, but I wouldn't pay for it!

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