With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Three-Body Trilogy by China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. Three-Body was released to great acclaim including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. It was also named a finalist for the Nebula Award, making it the first tran...more
We've got the scope of some of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence* going on here. I'm talking universe-spanning scope, going straight through time like a hot knife through butter and ...more
1) I read the the Three Body Problem and The Dark Forest in June 2016 back to back and was devastated to learn that the final instalment would not be available in English until September.
2) I contemplated learning Mandarin in order to shorten the wait.
3) I contemplated Google translating the Chinese edition.
4) Death's End exceeded my expectations.
5) In the future people w ...more
I was scared to start this book because in my opinion, The Dark Forest truly felt like the perfect conclusion to the series. In fact, I still do. However, Cixin Liu outdone himself by showing all his imaginative and brilliant ideas that made the trilogy goes into territories that goes beyond godlike; it made this book a worthy conclusion to the trilogy. Judging from the first book a ...more
This is my very first sci-fi and it has set such a high standards for me in this genre that whatever I will read in sci-fic from now on will be in its shadows.
Like the previous two books, this book also has a different protagonist, Cheng Xin. I was so happy for this female since I was a little disappointed in Dark Forest as it has all the male leads. Cheng Xin is a rocket scientist, awakened from artificial hibernation. She made a plan which would interfere wi ...more
The gender dynamics grated on me throughout. Feminity is all about love and motherliness, wut? An autistic male scientist wasn't "a real man" because "he'd never been with a woman"... yeah, kinda hella offensive in two ways, there.
The final 100 pages were depressing as hell. Realistic? Dunno. Showing that humanity isn't the center of the universe and ma ...more
During those few years I’m using Goodreads, I’ve noticed something curious: the better a book is, the less I know what to write in a review. “Death’s end” illustrates it perfectly – I’m sitting in front of my laptop, wondering what should I write, and all the ideas, all my creativity leads to such vast and in-depth reviews like “Just wow”, “It’s amazing book, nuff said” or “It’s a masterpiece worth ten stars, not just five”.
But I mean it. What started in “The Three-Body Problem” as a good, but slightly “below my expectations” book and continued into “The Dark Forest’s” low pace and “still nothing is going on though it’s almost 50% of the book already”, exploded into outstanding and gripping sci-fi, whose grandeur and scale are almost unparalleled.
What I liked the most about this book, was Liu Cixin’s ability to constantly challenge me – and constantly win that challenge. More than once I’ve raised my eyebrows and said to myself “well, ok, now THAT is same crappy space mumbo-jumbo, I wonder, how you, my dear Liu Cixin, will write yourself out of this”. Aaaaand he always did. More, he always came up with a perfectly simple and perfectly scientifically viable solution. Lightspeed? Check. Teleportation? Check. Communicating throughout whole galaxy? Check. Also, this book even had some philosophical insights and considerations and, amazingly, they did not seem out of place here.
I simply can’t tell you more what’s this book is about, because even some slight plot revelations would most likely lead to huge spoilers, but a few simple facts might do it. So, what’s the fabula of this book? First, we are presented with a couple new characters – the book is written from their points of view. They are Yun Tianming – a sort of a secondary character, and Cheng Xin, the main protagonist of the story. Trisolarans are still coming, though Earth now seems to be in control as Luo Ji’s “Dark Forest” theory, which he came up with in a second book, was confirmed, thus leaving Earth in a position of power regarding the Trisolaris (remember how I said that Liu Cixin always comes up with a perfect scientific solution? Here’s a superb sample of it – “Dark Forest” theory profoundly explains The Fermi Paradox). Events transpire, and suddenly Cheng Xin founds herself in a situation where she is being responsible for the fate of the whole Solar system.
Now here’s the moment for a single drop of criticism I was able to think of during the whole book. It might be considered a light spoiler, but I cannot write it otherwise. So, the situation Cheng Xin happened to be in finally occurred, (view spoiler)[and she failed miserably, letting down the whole mankind. (hide spoiler)] That wasn’t a big spoiler, was it? But it’s not my critique yet. What I did not like and thought a bit absurd and over-the-top, was that Liu Cixin created a second chance for her – or, more like it, events transpire and suddenly Cheng Xin finds herself in a situation where she is responsible for the fate of the whole Solar system. AGAIN. Now that’s what I thought of as bullshit. I’m not a big expert on survival of the whole mankind, but a tiny thought can’t get outta my head: if one fails (view spoiler)[the whole humanity and specifically it’s chances of survival (hide spoiler)] once, it’s not very likely that this person would get another chance to do it, no? It’s obvious that Liu Cixin thinks otherwise, but I just can’t agree with him on this issue. That’s it. That’s my whole critique for a 600-page juggernaut of sci-fi.
I’m also very happy, that compared to previous two books, Liu’s writing style seems to have improved – there’s no more long, vexing technical specifications and lectures on quantum physics etc., and the pace of story is also heightened a bit, thus removing my main sources of frustration.
I’m not quite sure if I can say something more about this book. Odds on that if you’re about to read it, you already know what to expect and in any case no one in a right state of mind starts reading a trilogy from the last book. Personally, I’ve been awed by this book. It’s definitely the best book I’ve read this year, and you should keep in mind that that this year I’ve also read my beloved “The Expanse” series, Silo, “The Millennium” trilogy and “The City of Mirrors” to name just a few. It left a very, very big impression on me and now I can confirm that “Death’s End” huge rating, one of the highest on the whole GR I’ve ever seen (4,57 average out of almost 2000 votes at the moment) is fully deserved and understandable. It is an amazing book, and if you ever been unsure or had doubts about this trilogy, well, don’t be. Amazing. Just amazing. 10 stars. And now I’m feeling something like an existential melancholy…
I was not thrilled with this one, largely because I found the main character incredibly annoying and a bit of a Mary Sue. No matter how badly she fucks up and screws over the human race in the process, nobody ever seems to blame her or wonder why the fate of humanity keeps getting put into the hands of someone with decision-making skills that are this poor. The only one who seems to blame ...more
NEW INTERVIEW WITH TRANSLATOR KEN LIU: GIVEAWAY OF THREE-BODY TRILOGY AUDIO CD SET!
Listening to Cixin Liu’s THREE-BODY trilogy reminds me of those graphics on cosmology that illustrate our relative scale in the universe. It starts with the microscopic world of individual atoms and molecules (or even subatomic particles like quarks and neutrinos), expands outward to individual cells, organisms, and larger creatures, then jumps out further to conti/> ...more
So first things first. Quiz time!
a) Do you enjoy scifi at all?
- if No, well. Well. Why are you reading this? :D But don't worry, there's always time to decide you do like it after all.
- if Yes, proceed to question b
b) Have you read The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin?
- if No, proceed to the bookstore or library and rectify this mistake
- i ...more
Death’s End impressively goes deep into so many areas - human history, philosophy, physics, quantum physics, m ...more
This is also a five star review for a novel tha ...more
If you haven't started this series, or you read "3 body" the big question is should I read this giant arse ...more
How the hell do you even review a book like this???? It's mind-bogglingly mind-blowing! This is my favourite book of the Remembrance of the Earth's Past trilogy and the only thing I don't like about it is that it's the final one. Wow, what a ride this has been!
I won't recap the book. If you've read The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest you know what ...more
This has been an adventure that took root in the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960's and has traveled through countless eras, centuries, and millennia. Characters have come and gone with a lasting ...more
I was really excited about reading this book because of all the great reviews on it, but when I actually picked up the book, I could barely read half way through it. The beginning was great and interesting then the next chapter got confusing, then the next and so forth.
I might try re-reading it later but I doubt it :/
Review for The Dark Forest
After being disappointed by The Dark Forest I was a bit apprehensive of diving into Death's End, the final installment of the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. Would the characters still be two-dimensional (well some would in this book, but for very different reasons)? Would the story dominate all other aspects of the book that would merely service the story instead of being ends unto themselves? Would I care about anyone in the book? There were man ...more
How do you manage to wrap up a sci-fi trilogy whose first two installments featured a Universe-spanning first-contact narrative, a philosophical investigation of humanity’s life post-Earth, and some seriously mind-bending concepts? If you’re Cixin Liu, then you just go bigger.
What’s perhaps most impressive about Liu’s work is that he is able to so accurately convey the unfathomable scale of space in his atypic ...more
Death's End - the final book in the trilogy - is grand, universe-spanning SF of the most mind-expanding style. Liu throws around mind-blowing physics ideas like characters in potboiler fantasy novels chuck magic spells, and each one is a crystal ball's view into a world of scientific wonder. This book genuinely makes me want to study physics, just so I can e/>Death's ...more
After reading this, now cixin liu has reached a place in my rank as the same as Asimov, Clark and the best of Orson Card. Especially considering I read most of those sci-fi giant books as a teenager, and now cixin still satisfied my ...more
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 5
Perhaps the great compliment I can give a series is: I bet it will be even better on re-read.
I don't re-read often. Even series I loved don't get a re-read because often they're simple and fun. This was complexed and thought provoking. You don't causally read a series such as this. If you do you miss key bits of information and end up lost.
Truly epic in scale and outcome and yet open ended and open to interpretation. Stories within stories ...more
The scale of the story has always been huge, but Death’s End takes it to inconceivable levels. With the scale of the story going bigger, the number of POV characters gets smaller. This time we only have one POV character, C ...more
The main flaw in Liu' writing he ...more
Stunning in conception, originality and execution!
I believe Cixin Liu's Death's End is his magnum opus, a perfect end to a fantastic, at times disturbing but always incredibly original series! Everything is amplified in Death's End. Nothing is left for posterity, as Liu dwells deep into the human psyche, the survival of the human species and space exploration.
The Sci-fi concepts on Death's Endare incredible, and often left me in awe of his creativity and mastery of the subject!!!
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