‘The Three Body Problem’ by Cixin Liu

‘Alien, Hard Science Fiction’
Score: 5/5

Cixin Liu

This book describes a world quite alien to me: China from the 1960s onwards. I knew a little of the history, but not very much. This book gave me more of an appreciation of what went on.

I’m not a fan of translated books. They always feel a little clunky to me, which is understandable I suppose. Here the translator says it’s deliberate – the translator deliberately wanted to give readers ‘a glimpse of another culture’s patterns of thinking’. It worked, but I think I’d still prefer it if the text flowed a bit better.

The book itself is quite imaginative, and pretty ‘hard’ science fiction. I wonder where it’ll go next.

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‘The Dark Forest’ by Cixin Liu

‘Imaginative And Thought Provoking’Score: 5/5 The Dark Forest Cixin Liu £15.90 The follow-up to The Three Body Problem is just as good. It’s quite different in setting and tone – I’m not sure how much this is to do with a different translator – but ...
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