The Draco Tavern

The Draco Tavern

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A collection of stories set at the Draco Tavern, a bar in Siberia that caters to visiting aliens.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765308634
Characteristics: 304 p


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Apr 23, 2019

Think as Callahan series & replace the eccentric humans, Artificial intelligence & fantasy character with perplexing and not always lovable aliens & Earth knows all about it for national security & possible technology transfer.
Different with no puns ,but equally enjoyable.

Jan 10, 2013

If you enjoyed this book and the setting. Try any of the `Callahan' Series, by the great Canadian sci-fi writer, Spider Robinson.

Jan 07, 2013

The Draco Tavern --- by Larry Niven. --- I’m Rick Schuman. I’m the owner and bartender at the Draco Tavern, a bar and sometimes home away from home for some of the aliens who periodically stop off here. My tavern is located at a lonely place in frigid Siberia known as Mount Forel. It’s cost me literallt millions of dollars over many years to build this roadhouse for off-planeters. They are a varied lot who come from many different planets. They have different environmental needs, different food preferences and they all have different refreshments that they prefer. Most significantly, what one species views as a delicacy is often poisonous to another. Most importantly there are the Chirpistra. They’re the crews and builders of the intergalactic ships. The only sin they’ve exposed in public is a sparker: it’s a gizmo that sends an electrical zap between their digits. Intoxicates them. Its difficult to tell them apart: they’re salmon red with a lobster red external skeleton like a bug. They’re not heavy; only about 60kilos but they’re about 3 meters tall. All the Chirps that have ever visited the Draco Tavern are female. And then there are the Gligs. Gray, compact, sort of like a Fiat car. They wear fur against earth’s cold. They favour meat. At the bar, that means vodka and consommé. They took samples of human DNA to take back home to produce clones. They’re carnivores. They came checking us out to raise for food. But they weren’t going to clone entire humans: just individual organs or cuts of meet they found to be particularly delectable. --- That’s all just a tiny part of what you’ll find between the covers of Larry Niven’s The Draco Tavern. It’s a series of short stories and I generally avoid short stories: not long enough to get you involved. But in this case all the stories have a common thread. They all take place in the Draco Tavern, innkeep Rick Shuman presiding.

Jan 11, 2010

This book was very enjoyable. It's written as a series of short stories, usually less than twenty pages, and was created
over the span of nearly 30 years. I like the style a lot, telling just the intresting bits, and jumping over all the connective pieces, (with overarching ideas and characters who bind the parts together) but it jumps a little too far near the end, and becomes less tight. The ending
is left open, a very wise choice on the authors part given the nature of the story. The only reason my rating wasn't higher, was that it is more sci fi than I normally read, which will not at all a flaw in the book itself, did effect my enjoyment of it.

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