The Three-Body Problem

(Remembrance of Earth's Past #1)

Hardcover, 400 pages

English language

Published Sept. 12, 2014 by Tor Books.

ISBN:
9780765377067

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4 stars (30 reviews)

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien worlds. A nearby alien society receives these messages and makes plans to invade Earth.

30 editions

Very interesting premise, but payoff was lackluster

3 stars

I wanted to enjoy this book, and as other reviews stated it did start very strong with an engaging mystery hook; however, the reveal of the mystery was simultaneously disappointing and depressing.

Additionally, I often found that character dialogue seemed stilted and technical concepts were over-explained; however, this might be an artifact of the language difference in translation.

Perhaps due to this issue, I felt that characters interacted with each other in a surreal and unbelievable manner, without much compassion or empathy, and this was compounded by the overwhelming cartoonish menace of the main antagonist.

These factors contributed to an overall feeling of gloom and hopelessness in the story; while I understand this is a cornerstone of the cosmic horror genre, I personally have no interest in continuing the series.

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The sentiment on the internet has always been that this is one of the best science fiction books to read, with its fresh take on what can often times be a stale genre. The perspective is unique and has moments of revelation that feel surprisingly different from the traditional "investigation of self" that I typically get from science fiction, identifying moments of hope despite the fractures in civilization. Despite the intense shift towards the end, it leaves a lot to feel good about which I don't commonly leave hard sci-fi with.

Sci-Fi from a different persepective

4 stars

I was surprised to read a Chinese sci-fi novel, but it's an interesting perspective on it. At first I thought this is going to be all about China, being for or against the CCP regime and a bit of sci-fi sprinkled on it, but it was the opposite!

The parts that were leaning on it being in China were great, it's a different view on how to write sci-fi, which is usually VERY centered on the US. I hope for more non-US authors in the sci-fi world, there's a lot to explore here.

The ending surprised me, because I read through it much faster than I thought. This should be a good thing, but I only noticed how far in I was, because I couldn't believe that this is how it's gonna end. It was a bit disappointing, but it's a trilogy, so and it felt very much written in …

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4 stars

Cixin Liu is a different voice in sci-fi - for someone brought up on western stories, Liu's story structure and background are odd, which makes it very refreshing to read. I had one minor problem with believability in the book, but otherwise I'm looking forward to reading the English translation of the next two books.

The tale is a sweeping one, filled with good sci-fi ideas and nothing less than the fate of humanity at stake. Like John Wright's Count to the Eschaton series, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of a few who know what's going on. Unlike anything else I've read, this book faces that challenge with the background of the Chinese Cultural Revolution driving the protagonists actions, and - here's where the refreshing part comes in - coloring the thoughts of alien minds as well.

If you've ever read the Night Watch books by Lukyanenko, …

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