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Ringworld - Larry Niven
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Why is this considered a great work of science fiction?

This is the lamest fucking book i have read in a long time.

>Slow narrative
>Uninteresting characters
>Confusing descriptions
>"Tanj it!" is worse than the plonks or whatever from Maze Runner
>Nothing to be gained, nothing to analyze, nothing to think about

I stopped reading at around page 200. They've just been flying around the ring and bitching at each other for the past few chapters or so. I simply can't continue.

Has anyone else read this? How did it win a Hugo? Am I just missing something?

Please /lit/ , enlighten me.
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I do appreciate the cover art though...

On a side note: Can anyone recommend me some really good, underrated sci-fi?
>inb4 Dune
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>>7621473
Obligatory Hyperion.
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>>7621473
The Time Machine is a good and quick read if you haven't read it before. Dune was awful. I stopped reading it at about half way as well. It's sad really that so much science fiction is so terrible.
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I really enjoyed the Foundation Trilogy. But that is not exactly underrated and probably not everyone will like it. If you haven't read it you should give it a try and see what you think. The books are pretty easy and quick reads.
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>>7621473
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
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All I know is David Foster Wallace dug Larry Niven.
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>>7621559
Thanks guys, I`ll add them all to my list. I think i`ll read Foundation first
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>>7621651
The Time Machine is like an hour read and is a classic that everyone should take a look at. I know I'm biased in that I suggested it initially but you can probably find it free online. Librivox probably has a recording of it, too.
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senpai
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>>7621473
The Ware Tetralogy
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>>7621426
speed of narrative and uninteresting characters are not inherently bad/at all relevant, stop being a pleb

descriptions are confusing cause you have garbage reading comprehension, read more

ringworld is important for reasons that obviously escape you. it's not the absolute pinnacle of sci fi but it occupies a core position in how we think about space stories.
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