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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
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really liked it
bookshelves: scifi

Much enjoyed this book! After some of the fluffy books I read, this
was a solid, intelligent and very enjoyable story. It's the first of
a trilogy.

The book story starts somewhere during the Cultural Revolution - the
distress and madness of that time, and how people cope (or don't) with that.
The story then flips between the Cultural Revolution and the present day,
slowly explaining how some of the weird things that happen are due to actions in the past.

Apart from present and past, there is also the "video-game that is
more than a video-game" (such a popular trope in scī-fi), which
gives some more background to the story.

On a wider scale, the book tells the story of rationality - both the
epistemic kind (science) and the instrumental being the only known
path to progress; the limits of knowledge and we're reminded of
Arthur C. Clarke's third law: Any sufficiently advanced
technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Hard sci-fi emphasizes technology, often at expense of having
believable characters. Not so in this book -- the characters are
quite believable and intelligent.

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Reading Progress

October 8, 2015 – Started Reading
October 8, 2015 – Shelved
October 12, 2015 – Shelved as: scifi
October 12, 2015 – Finished Reading

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