Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

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Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

#1 Post by EnLightning » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:49 am

I'd recommend this marvelous space opera novel to sci-fi lovers, it's a Hugo(2015) Award-winning bestseller.

The Three-Body Problem
https://www.amazon.com/Three-Body-Probl ... 765382032/
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The Dark Forest
https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Forest-Reme ... 765386690/
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Death's End
https://www.amazon.com/Deaths-End-Remem ... 765386631/
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The Three Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Death's End
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Re: Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

#2 Post by EnLightning » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:55 am

Besides English, this trilogy has been also translated into some other languages, including German, French, Spanish, Russian etc. Seems there are quite a few friends here are from Germany, FYI, according to Wikipedia, it won 2017 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Best Foreign SF work.
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Re: Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

#3 Post by The Silent One » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:02 am

Yep, great read (so far, I'm in the middle of the second volume). It was a little hard for me to get into the story at first, but it's definitely worthwhile.
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Re: Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

#4 Post by EnLightning » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:41 am

The Silent One wrote:Yep, great read (so far, I'm in the middle of the second volume).
The 2nd volume The Dark Forest is my favorite among the trilogy. I still remember the first time I finish it in three days around ten years ago. What an immersive reading experience!
It was a little hard for me to get into the story at first, but it's definitely worthwhile.
Many other people feel the way like you, it's really hard to get into it at first :) , there are two reasons:

1, Liu's narrative style is slow, many readers say Liu is a story teller, not a shower.
2, The story starts from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution period(1960'~1970') of China, as a space opera sci-fi, the beginning plot is a little bit quirky. Even most of young Chinese people know little about this dark era of modern China, not to mention the Western ones.

Just keep reading, your patience will finally get paid off.
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#5 Post by Oberlus » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:42 am

Thank you very much, EnLightning. I didn't know this author. Now my mouth is watering.
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#6 Post by EnLightning » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:01 am

Oberlus wrote:Thank you very much, EnLightning. I didn't know this author. Now my mouth is watering.
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I don't know how many friends here from North America, AFAIK, After won Hugo award, the author Cixin Liu became quite popular among U.S and Canada sci-fi fans. Search Amazon, Goodreads or Youtube about the author and his books, you will find many reviews.

I often travel around the two countries and China, many of my friends and colleagues there became the fans of the author also.
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#7 Post by Oberlus » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:18 pm

Well, in Spain, AFAIK, it's not very popular (my wife, that is a bookworm although doesn't like sci-fi specially, told me that she saw some reviews of that author, but that is not a proof of popularity since she knows about almost anything that has ever been printed on the Earth in most widespread languages).

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#8 Post by Jaumito » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:17 pm

He's quite popular here in France, or at least seems popular enough, afaict. Haven't read it myself, as I don't read much sci-fi anymore.

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#9 Post by Kilgore Replicant » Mon May 21, 2018 7:29 pm

Best sci-fi since Blindsight. Wholeheartedly recommended!

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#10 Post by Roccosi » Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:21 pm

I wonder what rock have I been living under not to hear about this trilogy at all. I'm going to certainly give it a go even if it's a bit slower read. I don't mind that.

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#11 Post by Oberlus » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:39 pm

I'm reading it right now (book 1, page 150) and I love it. For me it is thrilling. Dunno why some people say it's slow.

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#12 Post by Ophiuchus » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:29 am

Just finished the third one right now. What I like about his books is that they are full of scifi ideas on many levels and care a lot about what being human means. First two books i found the story is only a sometimes clunky wrapper to present the inspiring ideas. Characters feel more like sketches than real people (like in comics) and relations are often melodramatic and feel like manga. Cant read the original so I don't know how much got lost in the translation.

Third book though is really a good read also with lots of great scifi ideas. Even the characters are a bit more believable and the relations between them are a bit more grown up.
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Re: Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

#13 Post by EnLightning » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:17 am

Kilgore Replicant wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 7:29 pm
Best sci-fi since Blindsight. Wholeheartedly recommended!
Going to read Blindsight, thanks for the recommendation.
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Re: Sci-Fi Book Recommendation: The Three-Body Trilogy

#14 Post by EnLightning » Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:06 am

Ophiuchus wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:29 am
Characters feel more like sketches than real people (like in comics) and relations are often melodramatic and feel like manga. Cant read the original so I don't know how much got lost in the translation.
I totally agree with you on your feeling about the characters. It's not the translation. AFAIK, the English translation is very good actually. I've read quite a few original books by the author, the most criticized part of his writing is that most of the characters in his novels are NOT LIKE REAL HUMAN.

Guess what, the author, Cixin Liu was not a professional writer when he published this trilogy, he was a computer engineer worked in a hydro power station.
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#15 Post by Oberlus » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:47 am

I don't agree (totally) with that perception. The characters are a bit extreme in many senses, but I am used to that in most sci-fi books. Sci-fi authors tend to be very bad in the human dimension of their characters. E.g., Asimov's characters are flat and nearly emotionless, and most protagonists of other authors are just unrrealistic heroes. I can think of K. Dick's characters as some of the most 3D characters in Sci-fi gender, but those are a star in the void of the space.

What I'm disliking more from the novel is some of the contradictions in the plot. No spoilers so I won't develop on that, but I see those contradictions are not necessary (or are easily avoidable/fixable) for the plot.

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