The Goliath Stone

The Goliath Stone

Book - 2013
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With an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, Doctor Toby Glyer and his partner William Connors must find a way to make contact with their wayward children -- the Briareus nanites -- and save the planet.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765333230
Branch Call Number: SF NIVEN LARRY
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Harrington, Matthew J.


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Nov 27, 2017

I have read a lot of Niven because he packs his stories with big ideas, but this book stinks. The most interesting activity occurs on the Goliath stone, but that is less than 5% of the book. The rest is a disjointed tale about magic nanobots controlled by a genius who programmed into them a response for every contingency. The dialog oscillates between being impossible to follow unless you have read exactly what the authors have, and making you feel as if you are trapped in a subway car with a pair of horny teenagers.

Sep 16, 2016

This book reads as it was written; conflicting authors both trying to give something life, at the same time, in the same space.

May 24, 2014

Set in an alternate fantasy universe where global climate change is not happening and a man with almost god-like perception, intellect, and access to a technological fountain of youth has tremendous powers but uses them only for the good of the human race.

Hard-core hard science fiction fans will enjoy the constant literary references and other throw-away lines.

Non-science-fiction fans and those with low tolerance for libertarian utopianist thinking will probably dislike it.

May 17, 2014

Loved - The parts describing the "life" of the nanotech entities.

Disliked - The innuendoes and preoccupation with sex of the human characters.

Neutral - The references to other literary works.

Loathed - The premise that it is okay to be "judge, jury, and executioner" as long as the over-arching goal was to "improve humankind."

Feb 21, 2014

This is a very funny book. Just reading the “Cast and Crew” is funny, and even funnier when read after reading the book. There is so much tongue in cheek going on that it left we gasping. The nanos, who consider Toby Glyer their father figure, go on to take over an asteroid, while on earth William Connors is improving society with nanos. I may not agree with the authors about everything, but I certainly enjoyed the book. A fast read.

Dec 30, 2013

Agree with the previous comment. I would add the science fiction is fascinating overshadowed by a poorly conceived narrative.

Dec 23, 2013

Interesting characters and plot marred by disjointed, choppy writing.


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