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Remembrance of Earth's Past - Cixin Liu
« on: October 01, 2016, 05:21:29 PM »
I don't normally rave about books. If I like it, I'll mention it in passing. Recommend it to friends (and strangers on the internet). Nothing much.

When I read The Three Body Problem, I thought it was a very good book. Tightly plotted, a good balance of thriller and scientific exploration. I mentioned this to a few people, and hopefully spread the word a little. So far so normal. Onto the next book.

And then I read The Dark Forest. I can't think of another book that has triggered an emotional reaction from me. Depression during parts, creeping existential dread at others. It was amazing, mind-blowing, and I gave it a mathematically unlikely score of 6/5. I thought it would be impossible to top.

But then came Death's End. It had a tough act to follow, but the quality never faltered. It was stunning, jaw-dropping, mesmerising, and above all else: it terrified me. That is the most impressive part for me. I stayed up for three hours after finishing reading, unable to sleep as I thought about the implications of a universe like that in the trilogy.

And now it's over. But only for me. If you haven't read Three Body Problem then do so. Finish the book you're on by all means, but then go straight to Waterstones/Amazon/Barnes and Noble/The Library. Wherever. Just read these books. Maybe they won't work for you the way they did for me, but it surely has to be a risk worth taking.

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Re: Remembrance of Earth's Past - Cixin Liu
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 09:42:34 PM »
Sounds great! The first book's been on my tbr for a while, and now it's on my bingo list, so it's good to hear it's one of those series which gets better and better.  :)
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