Remembrance of Earth's Past: The Three-Body Trilogy
This discounted ebundle includes: The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, Death’s End
"Wildly imaginative, really interesting." —President Barack Obama
The Three-Body trilogy by New York Times bestseller Cixin Liu keeps you riveted with high-octane action, political intrigue, and unexpected twists in this saga of first contact with the extraterrestrial Trisolaris.
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I just hope that you too borrow a little time to go on this detour and that one day fate brings our paths together again.
Wasn’t impressed by the second book’s translation, but the lyrical quality of Ken Liu’s translation of the first and third book transcends the Chinese original.
Myself, discovered this gem after consulting a former-President Barack Obama reading list of 2016.. he also seemed to have liked it.
I do not think it’s ...more
The author (and translator) did a great job of weaving extremely complex scientific ideas into the fabric of the plot. The writing was magical, and there were many unforgettable episodes. I'm not a big science fiction guy, but man, this book walloped me.
Power through the slow parts of the trilogy; the overall effect is totally worth it, and all the challenging stuff has major payoffs down the ...more
Like a lot of good science fiction, this trilogy ends up highlighting the uniqueness of being human - that our culture, emotions, and motivations are sometimes enabled and hindered by science and technology, but that in the end, the essence of what makes us human persists.
The writing (or translation) improves and - by the end of the third volume - I was won over. Liu paints with a huge canvas, working out ideas new to me; in contrast to the first volume, the final rises at points to the poetic. (I'm still unsure whether its conclusion is a conscious ...more
There is not a single hero that lives through each book, instead each book has it's own main character. The main characters overlap in the books, but each book has it's distinct hero. The amount of characters in each book drops off. In the first book, there are several different characters ...more
The ideas are really, really interesting and carry the series. I found myself extremely irritated by the characters and their choices really often, but ultimately they seemed more like vehicles through which to tell the story of the speculative science.
I found myself unable to put the books down during some parts, and feeling completely bogged down and wondering if I would finish in others. Ultimately, I landed on 4 stars because the "hard sci fi" elements were so interesting and ...more
And yet, ...more
What I enjoyed: The scientific ideas, especially around the possibilities of dimensions were fascinating. The visual descriptions were mind-bending. This ability to portray the unknowable experience of seeing in other dimensions was some of the authors most ...more
An engrossing read with an impressive depth to the story and characters. Liu sets out a very human drama at a truly universal scale. At times the physics exposition gets a bit heavy handed as Liu sets out to explain believable but reality shattering concepts, but I found these all very readable and well thought through. The one aspect I found less than satisfying was the political and relational side of the story. Certain aspects ...more
Like Ulysses, this trilogy is surely genius, but also dense, confusing, frustrating, obtuse and so full of random detail that is ultimately not relevant that I would never recommend this book to anyone. Maybe this is common for Chinese sci-fi or literature? Maybe it's the translation? This was one of the least enjoyable reading experience s I've had since grad school (for literature) but also a fascinating and in depth work about science and physics in a way I ...more