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The Three-Body Problem
The Three-Body Problem | Cixin Liu
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
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cookbranden11
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8/10

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IReadThereforeIBlog
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Cixin Liu‘s award winning SF novel (the first in a trilogy) rises above dull characterisation and inconsistencies in plotting in part due to excellent translation by Ken Liu (who provides some context via footnotes), but also by the way the story uses both the horrors of the Cultural Revolution and the three-body problem from orbital mechanics to ground the rest of the plot. It held my attention but I don‘t know if I would automatically read on.

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Becker
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This book does an excellent job of being exactly what it is, which is an incredible story told through hard science. It doesn‘t have much literary merit but that‘s okay because that‘s not goal. Science geeks will love it but people like me will appreciate it more on the screen than on the page. Either way, it‘s an impressive story. 🚀

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Jaimelire
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This was unlikely anything I have read lately and it was very good! A really fresh, new take on sci-fi that left me looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

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TorieStorieS
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A few years ago, a fellow wedding guest raved about this series & now thanks to the #ReadAroundTheWorld challenge, I finally started listening to this science fiction book set in #China! While the audio performance is smooth, I have to admit this story relies on a lot of telling- and some sections made my eyes downright glaze over… I had a hard time connecting with the characters, but there are some tantalizing ideas in this alien invasion story!

Cinfhen Cool drawing 🙌🏻✨♥️ 5mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen Thank you!! 🥰☺️🥰 5mo
Currey #china and alien invasion…what more could you ask for ❤️ 5mo
TorieStorieS @Currey I think the rest of the series may have more action than this one… it‘s an interesting concept though and would be a good discussion starter so I see why the person who recommended it was so anxious to discuss it! 🤣 5mo
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Marialou
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Intense and extremely clever hard sci-fi.

Some good twists and the connection to Chinese history - in particular the cultural revolution - is fascinating.

Character development was a bit lacking.

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Buechersuechtling
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Of course, before I listened to part two of this, I “re-listened” to this first part and was left very puzzled because I felt there were things in it I didn‘t hear when I listened to it the first time – about two years ago. And it turned out, this impression was true, I first listened to the audio play and not to this unabridged version.

In a way, I liked this even more than the audio play because you learn more about the Trisolarians.

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BMWtheAuthor
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Interesting hard sci-fi concepts from China. For the full review, please visit http://benjamin-m-weilert.com/index.php/2021/11/17/book-the-three-body-problem-2...

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CyaneFillion
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This was so good, and got me to actually read non stop for 2 days. The plot was super intriguing and I kind of enjoyed that it was more about the concept and story than the characters in it. The first half was my personal favourite bit, but although the latter half feels like a lot of exposition in one go, it did help to set the stakes and frame of the trilogy. I would recommend this to friends.

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Recommended to me by my aunt. This was a really interesting book! Science fiction translated from Chinese. The book starts out during the Cultural Revolution and includes several helpful footnotes for context. The story is very compelling, even though I didn't really understand what was going on or what the overall plot was going to be until about halfway through the book. Definitely looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy!

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Petelord
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Truly outstanding book. From the first pages I was hooked. Three-Body Problem is filled with wonderful and believable characters and outstanding storytelling. I‘d finish one chapter and I drive right into the next one because I had to know what happens next. This book is highly entertaining and thought provoking. Highly recommend 👍

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After seeing this recommended over and over and over, I was excited to read it. I went into it with no knowledge whatsoever. I wasn't expecting the history lesson that is the first half of the book. It is slooooow and the character building seems to take second stage to making sure you understand the politics. That said, it also ends abruptly.

MaddestMax ...The last 20 pages or so are fairly interesting and then it's just over. I believe in it's original publishing it was one book separated into 3 volumes, so I won't hold that against it. I'll read the next just to see how it plays out. It has potential. 1y
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This book was every bit as good as everyone says and absolutely nothing like what I expected. The premise itself is mind-boggling and led me to hit Wikipedia for some physics refreshers, but also the way the novel is structured was really unusual and gave me a lot to think about on a craft level. [this is a belated post; finished May 6, 2021.] Art by Mateusz Ambrożewicz.

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Caroline2
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For sci-if fans, I‘ve heard lots of good things about this one. #99ponkindle #kindledailydeals

rockpools Best Seller in Alien Invasion? Amazon categories are something else! (And apologies if you got a weird message there - can‘t operate a phone before my second coffee!) (edited) 2y
Caroline2 @rockpools I know!! Who does these Amazon categories for crying out loud?? They seem to get them way off a lot of the time!!! 🤦‍♀️ 2y
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iread2much
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This book is a SLOG, but it has many fascinating themes and ideas and I really wish I had a book club to chat all about it. The authors notes at the end was really interesting and I think perhaps an example of self delusion. 3/5 stars, a lot of description, but interesting to read. Scientists are killing themselves, one goes undercover and discovers we aren‘t alone in the universe and the aliens are coming towards earth.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! Start a book club ❤️📚❤️ 2y
Laughterhp This was a pick last year for the #BBBBC Litsy book club. You can see if the posts are still there and if anyone chatted about it. Just an idea. I couldn‘t get into this one 😬 2y
iread2much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s on my list! Once things get calmer at work 😄 2y
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iread2much @Laughterhp I had a hard time with it too! Thanks for the suggestion 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @iread2much yay!! 📚❤️📚 2y
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Struggling to get into this. The translation makes it read like an instruction manual half the time. Also, I‘ve had to read way more Wikipedia than I like. Just kidding, mostly.

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Jonl
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One of the most interesting and thought provoking series I‘ve read.

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Amazing read that I could not put down. Narratively it jumped around quite a bit, but conceptually it was truly gripping. It was also refreshing to read some sci-fi from a non-Western author, though I relied heavily on the translator‘s notes for context. Can‘t wait to see how they adapt it for Netflix.

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CoffeeK8
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My beautiful #audiowalk this morning 💕🌅

Tattooedteacher Stunning! 2y
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Read4life Beautiful 💙 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Beautiful colors! 🤩 2y
rather_be_reading wow 🤩 2y
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Branwen
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Happy Lunar New Year, Litsy family! ❤🎊🎐🎋❤

Here are a few of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi books written by Chinese authors!

#dragonsoflitsy

Meaw_catlady Happy lunar new year!!!!! 🌝 🧧 🐮 2y
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Twainy
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🎧 I enjoyed the science/tech/aliens. I felt the characters were there to be like Doctor Who companions ... a means for the Doctor (author in this instance) to convey his immense knowledge to the reader. Lame. No character depth.

The first 60% was very dry material. Then poorly written characters but that could be the translation.

VR game was ok but this was written 15 years ago (better by Stephenson) & doesn‘t drive the plot so .... ⭐️⭐️3/4

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Hazel2019
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My second book for #ReadingAsia2021 representing #China and I loved it! I will now need to take a detour and read the other 2 in the trilogy 😁

It‘s good length with lots of buildout so if you like your books quick & fast-paced, this may not be your jam.

Takes place in China with the main idea revolving around the discovery of an alien race, their intentions and ours. Lots of science, fiction, history & much more...

12/25/2020

Librarybelle Awesome! And really cool that you found a trilogy you would like to keep reading! 2y
BarbaraBB Wow, you‘re really into Asia already! 2y
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Hazel2019
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Starting on my second #ReadingAsia2021 book - this one is from a celebrated Chinese science-fiction author.

Librarybelle Excellent! 2y
BarbaraBB You are on a roll already! Love it! (edited) 2y
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Juzupis
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With the scope of dune and the rousing action of Independence Day. #thethreebodyproblem #cixinliu

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Luulit
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https://amzn.to/2HkrXSl
#CommissionsEarned
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Soon to be a Netflix Original series!

“War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” (Wall Street Journal)

#audible #audiblebooks #books #audiobooks
#booklovers #usa #netflix #netflixseries

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Heideschrampf
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WTF did I just read?! There were so many interesting facts, ideas and characters, but I have to confess a lot got over my head. There were so many physics curiosities, philosphical ponderings and social meditations that i think i might need a second read to find time to comprehend them all - especially since i am versed in neither scientific knowledge nor chinese culture. Still: what i did get was very inspiring!

rwmg Prepare to have your head spin even faster in the rest of the trilogy 2y
Buechersuechtling @Heideschrampf I remember this feeling so well since I absolutely loved this book, too. Sadly @rwmg I am absolutely not the mental form to continue with the series at the moment. Which is so sad because I really loved volume one. Your comment sounds like it‘s really worthwhile and now I pity it even more. – But … I might be a little afraid of continuing with the books because I „read“ the first volume as an audiobook, which was excellent, too. 2y
Heideschrampf @rwmg @Buechersuechtling same! I‘m not sure I can handle the next part directly after. I need something mellow first. @rwmg would you recommend reading the whole trilogy or would the first work as a stand-alone too? 2y
rwmg @Buechersuechtling @Heideschrampf I don't think you need to remember book 1 in great detail. I had to wait between books 1 and 2 for books 2 and 3 to be translated. If you can rest content knowing Earth has been invaded, yes, you could stop at this point, thoigh you will miss out on some fascinating ideas. 2y
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Schnoebs
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3.5⭐️

I gave a few too many thoughts on this book so check out my Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2618995080

Even though I didn‘t love it, I‘m happy that #bbbbc got me to finally read it 👾👽👾

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Folks, this one here is stretching my mind all which-a-ways. But I am sticking with it and I think I am about to hit the exciting part!!! #spaceoperaseptember

Heideschrampf There will be a film adaptation soon. I plan to read it before that 🙈 2y
SpaceCowboyBooks It gets better and better as it goes on. 2y
SaraFair @Heideschrampf -and its coming to Netflix! That‘s why I dusted it off to start this month! 2y
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Schnoebs
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Still trying to play catch up on my #bbbbc book! I‘m following along physically while listening to the audiobook. Sadly my loan at the library is due today so I‘m going to have to read like there‘s no tomorrow 😂

Thanks again to @OrangeMooseReads for the bookmark. It seems very appropriate for a first contact with aliens book!

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InLibrisVeritas
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I really wanted to like this one more than I did, but alas. I loved what it attempted to do by looking more into the state of the world and how that reflects itself in the people. I just think the pacing of the story was really inconsistent and many of the characters were just a vehicle for the ideas the story needed to move forward.

I do own the entire trilogy so I may give The Dark Forest a shot in the future

#BBBBC

ctboeheim I agree. I remember thinking many times that characters reacted in a way that was inconsistent with their motivation. In the end, I didn't much care for it 2y
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InLibrisVeritas
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#BBBBC

For those who interested in the Three Body Problem it looks like we maybe getting an adaptation at some point in the future!

https://www.tor.com/2020/09/01/liu-cixin-three-body-problem-netflix-game-of-thro...

BarbaraTheBibliophage Just saw this! I‘m really curious about how they‘ll pull this off. 2y
InLibrisVeritas @BarbaraTheBibliophage Me too! Its not something that I thought would adapt well/easily, but the idea of it has me really intrigued. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m sure we‘ll watch. My sweetie loves stories like this! 2y
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😮🤯😍

This is amazing news!!! Incredible lineup to bring this very important work of science fiction to the small screen. I will most definitely be watching!

(Yay Twitter with some good news today!)

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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If you took Asimov‘s Foundation, blended it with Cline‘s Armada, added a bit of Abbott‘s Flatland, and set it within the history and culture of China, you‘d get something maybe like The Three-Body Problem. But this isn‘t light science fiction, this is science fiction steeped in science, astronomy, physics, and history...which for me makes it all the more unique and interesting. Take your time with this one, it‘s worth the read.

#BBBBC

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review—even though I haven‘t read those other books. 😎 Good call for that prompt too! I‘ll tag my cohosts too! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 2y
SaraFair Whew! Just started this weekend and it is bewildering me right now. But I am attempting tough sci fi for Space Opera September! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SaraFair It‘s very bewildering, and the pieces don‘t start coming in closer together until later on.... but stick with it. I also think it feels odd reading because it is written from a different cultural perspective then we are used too, more reserved characters, saving face, etc... 2y
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The last set of questions for #BBBBC!

Thank you to everyone who joins in each month and for those who voted for this one!

BarbaraTheBibliophage 7. This is exactly how I felt when these terms came up in the story. I‘d listen to the book and then see a news story. Then I‘d say to myself, “it‘s a Chaotic Era!” Of course, our world doesn‘t include all the aspects of Trisolaris. But I suspect we‘d all like some ability to predict when the next “Stable Era” will arrive. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage 9. Yes, I put the next book on hold at the library. Hoping it comes in before I forget all the details of this one! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 7. I hadn‘t thought of that before, but I can see it now...we progress for awhile in times like the Enlightenment, and then we fall into times like the Dark Ages. So we progress and regress in stops and starts, losing things we had gained. For instance, @BarbaraTheBibliophage and I just read about a Cleopatra‘s life, where they had vast knowledge in the library of Alexandra and knew things like the world was round already... most of which ⤵️ (edited) 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...was “lost” until rediscovered later. There are sadly many examples of that through history...and we are still trying to reconstruct how ancient civilizations built some things because their knowledge was lost. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 8. I want to know more there. I read a lot into the game, which wasn‘t really made by them...so most of their culture we get in those few lost transmissions recovered at the end. I saw some human parallels there, so I‘m curious where he‘ll go with that. (edited) 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 9. I‘m with @BarbaraTheBibliophage here. I didn‘t need another series to read (I have so many books to read!!!), but I want to know where he‘ll go with this and I don‘t want to wait too long and lose the details. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree about #8. The game itself is a human construct. So it has to be incomplete. I‘m curious too. (edited) 2y
Gezemice 7. I did not think of it at the time but yes, we do have large upheavals and stable eras... and I agree with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and @BarbaraTheBibliophage , we lost so much ancient knowledge in the Dark Ages. 8. I don‘t think I learned enough of their society, so 9. yes, I am continuing, even though I don‘t need a new series to read, either! 2y
Schnoebs Man I did not think about the our societal link to stable and chaotic eras 🤯 That‘s going to keep me up tonight trying to relate that. As for Trisolaris, I loved the extremist reaction to problem solving. It makes you valuing human society a bit more even if it gives you headaches at times..... 2y
Schnoebs ... My favorite part about them though was their fear of human society‘s development and advancements. Seeing what they‘d do to avoid it at all costs was astounding. That fear really made me value the role science plays in life. As for continuing, I‘m not sure. I think I will read the sequel but probably not any time soon. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage @gezemice Book 2 is on sale on kindle today for 2.99 in the US if you are interested. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I saw that. Of course, I bought it last week. 🤪😰 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage If you bought it last week, you might be able to return it in your Amazon account yet and then get it at the lower price. I‘ve done that before when it‘s only a few days later. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm 99% sure that I bought it during the “spend $25, get $6 promo.“ So I'm not going to worry. 😎 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! My husband has already bought and read them, so I am set :) 2y
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InLibrisVeritas
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Another set of questions coming your way, #BBBBC!

As always feel free to comment your answers or make a post of your own with the group tag #BBBBC

BarbaraTheBibliophage 4. I think it makes a ton of sense to convey big ideas to today‘s population through video games. If you can promote the game through social media, then people will want to try “the new fad.” Seems like a no-brainer to me. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage 5. I think she‘s so complex. From the beginning, through her time at the listening post, to how she evolves as the story changes. I listened on audio but it‘s her part of the story I‘d revisit in print, just to be sure I grasped it all. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage 6. This was one of the parts that kind of lost me ... 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 4. I liked that part, it took you out of the story a bit...but it really made you think and in the end put yourself in their societies shoes for a bit so you could see their dilemma. I was a bit disappointed at the end to find out it was made by one branch of ETO and not a group effort or alien constructed. I found myself wondering what they would make of it...would it help them understand human development at all? 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 5. I loved Ye! So complex, but so very human. Haven‘t we all had one of those days where we were thought, humans suck, chuck it all...she was just at the right place at the right time when the moment came. I loved that at the end her quick gut reaction answer, against her kinds interests, mirrored the one by the Trisolarian at the other end, against his own species. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 6. Very typically human, we like to “Other” things, and the less we know the more we fill that void with our own hopes and fears. Idiolizing what they have advanced, fearing what we don‘t know. Again, I liked that at the end this was being mirrored by the Trisolarians, with them idolizing the individuality and beauty and us the technology. 2y
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ye Wenjie was reading Silent Spring which I am currently also reading - I think all three of us are in that group on Goodreads. It is a book that inspires taking responsibility for nature - and I can see how she lost her trust in humans after learning how we are driving ourselves to extinction. (edited) 2y
Gezemice 4. The game seemed like a plot device to me. It was not really a game but a historical lesson. I was not a fan. 5. I think Ye Wenjie‘s story was closely linked with humanity‘s reaction. As a character she was just as flat as the rest. Her decision is what mattered. 6. I was a bit lost on the societies, too. But with crazy conspiracy theorists and anti-maskers running around, there is no limit to human madness. 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really liked the mirroring as well. I think this book shines when it focused more on the way we are affected by ideas and the state of the world we know. 2y
Schnoebs The game was so fascinating to me. As someone who has a bit of scientific training, I related to Wang as he just went into observation mode. The game really showed the role technology has taken over in our society &how it can take over people‘s live. Ye‘s roles extremely surprised me. I wasn‘t expecting many of this decisions she made that had long lasting impacts. Lastly watching the religious devotion form was so fascinating but also believable (edited) 2y
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#BBBBC, here is the first set of questions!
As always feel free to comment your answers below or in a new post tagging #BBBBC!

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TheSpineView I was one of the DNFs this time. I read 100 pages but there was nothing that grabbed my attention. It was boring. No plot at 25% in and the characters didn't grab me either. You need one or the other to keep the reader interested. 👎 2y
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InLibrisVeritas @TheSpineView I definitely understand that. It was a slog for me to get through the whole thing. I think plot wise things start to come together around 250ish, which is a very long time to wait for any answers. 2y
InLibrisVeritas 1. I personally found myself having issues with this one, as 2/3 of the book was set up. I ended up giving this one 2 out of 5 stars. 2. I honestly never thought too much about the awful effects of casting our voice out into the void. Its one of those things where if they can hear us and travel, all things are possible. 2y
InLibrisVeritas 3. I like that it starts with an era that I knew very little about and it even spurred me to look more into it. I also really thought it set the tone for how downtrodden, tired, and cynical events such as those can truly make people. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m still reading this one, yes I agree it‘s slow going. I‘m finding it interesting though, even if it isn‘t a keep me up at night page-turner. I like that it‘s set in another culture than we usually get, and the cultural revolution parts remind me of reading Wild Swans, which I really should re-read sometime. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa As far as contact dividing society, it‘s very possible. Our current society is based off of being more technically advanced than another and using that technology to overwhelm them. So if one gained alien tech, I‘m sure they‘d use it, however what‘s to say the alien species wouldn‘t do the same. 2y
Tracyantoon I DNF‘d this one as well. I did audio and got to the 25% mark and had no clue as to what was going on. Not much character development, no plot, even the political uprising was not pulling me in. Hope some others had better luck with this one but it was just not for me. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage 1. I actually really liked this one. I spent a lot of time 🤷🏼‍♀️ but I am intrigued by the cultural differences of science in China vs. US and Europe. For me it was like my last cat—who was so strange looking that you couldn‘t stop looking. And then his looks grew on you. Same with this book. I couldn‘t stop reading even though I had no idea about it‘s intentions until quite far along. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage 2. Well, I grew up watching Carl Sagan and watching movies like E.T. and Close Encounters, plus Star Trek. The whole concept is one of my favorite philosophical and scientific topics. But oddly, I read very little SF. Mostly just shows and movies. I thought Liu had a unique perspective and way of telling the story. Both his style and the Chinese aspects of its focus. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Like @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think if alien life came to earth it would divide us. A bunch of people wouldn‘t believe it was actually happening—that videos were doctored and photoshopped. Some people would have direct experience, but they‘d be more from elite intellectual and scientific classes. And technology / social media could be manipulated by the aliens themselves. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage 3. I think putting this story on the backdrop of a communist country is why I appreciated it. People in the US think it will always be this country that makes the “first contact.” Liu shows that any scientist could have the right idea at the right time. And then the impetus of communication would be in their hands. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m actually really liking it too, I just have to read it in smaller sections and process a bit. I didn‘t read a lot of classic Sc-fi growing up, but recently have been trying to read some of the classics like Asimov‘s Foundation, which has a part going through the stages of a societies development to get to the next kindof element too (just in a totally different way), so seeing it here with scientists like Einstein ... 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...and Newton mixed in with Chinese civilization is so interesting. I should finish it later today/tonight so I can read and answer the rest of the questions then.🤞 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oooh. I‘m scared of Asimov ... should I try Foundation???? 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I really liked I, Robot, it‘s a series of interconnected short stories. Foundation was not a hard read either, in some ways it reminded of the 3 body simulation parts of this book, it just wasn‘t my cup of tea either. So don‘t be afraid of it. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, thanks! I needed a review from someone I know. 🧬 👨‍🚀 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I recently read Wild Swans and the Cultural Revolution part was like directly out of that book, which made it very real. 2y
Gezemice @Tracyantoon @thespineview I agree that there was no plot or character development. I stuck with it but was doubting, but it was digferent enough to hold my attention and around 60% it picked up. But I could see giving up earlier, especially if one is less interested in pure science. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I found it very interesting as well due to unique scientific ideas like string theory - folding out a proton from 11 dimensions into surrounding a planet is amazingly creative. The Chinese history is also very interesting. But the lack of character development makes it alienated and tough to read. 2y
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage Foundation is easy, I just read them, but don‘t expect character development. Interesting ideas but very flat writing. 2y
Gezemice 2. Interestingly, I just read Axiom‘s End which also dealt with first contact and how it would inevitably result in the more developed culture in destroying or enslaving the other. Communication was also important but there was a lot of character development. And yes, the very act of contact created divisions. It definitely would result in nations competing. But it probably depends on current political climate how divisive it gets. (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice Oooh, I‘m stacking that one! 2y
Schnoebs Other than hitchhiker guide, this is my first “first contact with aliens book” and it definitely has me thinking a lot. I gave it a 3.5 FYI. I think when they arrive would influence how divisive they are. If it was like 2013, I don‘t think it would be as divisive as it could possible be if they came now in 2020. But having the cultural revolution shows how there‘s a lot more tension in the world than what we might now about here in America. 2y
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InLibrisVeritas
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Hey #BBBBC it's that time again! The Three Body Problem discussion has officially begun!

#scififantasybookclub

Laughterhp I haven‘t had a chance to read this one yet. Hopefully I‘ll get to it in September. 2y
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Bookgirl Ugh I did not end up reading this. Trying to tackle my backlog of NetGalleys! 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Bookgirl I know that struggle well! 😅💜 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Laughterhp If you do get around to it let me know what you thought, it's certainly a polarizing one from what I have seen! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage For once I actually read the book from this group read. Seems like I often intend to ... and then life happens. I‘ll comment on the discussion posts! 2y
Schnoebs I think the comments sections on the Cultural Revolution were my favorite part. I found myself googling a bunch of articles and pictures to better understand what was going on. Super interesting that they had to rearrange the book because of the influence it still has on people! 2y
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The plan today was to listen to the audio and get some cleaning done...but this book easily gets drowned out with my own thoughts, so the plan has changed to reading a long and taking notes for #BBBBC

I am honestly struggling with it. Its has wonderful ideas, its just...long winded.

Tracyantoon Yea. I had to bail on it. I made it through 25% and had no idea what was going on. My mind was wandering too. Sorry #bbbbc. Hoping I can make it through the next pick. 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Tracyantoon I totally understand, the pacing is incredibly uneven for this one 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Pickpick

I‘m not a big SF reader, but I AM fascinated by other cultures and the likelihood of life on other planets. This gave me both. What if China was where that first contact happened? And it was during the Cultural Revolution? Science, great characters and philosophical, too.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020 #bbbbc #readwithmrbook #tohavepeoplestayaway (because if having 3 bodies doesn‘t do that, I don‘t know what will!)

SamAnne Hope to start this week. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @SamAnne It went pretty fast for me, and I just reserved the next in the series from my library. 2y
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TheSpineView
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I read this for #bbbbc so I don't want to say too much in case some other Littens have not read it yet. I should have loved it, but unfortunately it was just too slow. I read 100 pages which is 1/4 into the book. The characters and/or the plot should have drawn me in long before this. Not much in the way of character development and I kept wondering when I some sort of plot would appear. Terribly disappointed.

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh no! I was just looking at this on my GR TBR.... 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I listened to it, which I think made it work better for me. I kept thinking how hard it would‘ve been in print. 2y
TheSpineView @BarbaraTheBibliophage Maybe I'll give the audio book a try. Thanks for the info! 2y
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BayouGirl85 The audiobook is the way to go. 2y
Tracyantoon Same! I did the audiobook and still couldn‘t get into it after about 25% I also bailed. Sorry #bbbbc. 2y
InLibrisVeritas I am using the audio along side my physical copy, and its slow going for me too tbh. I am finding it to be a bit unnecessarily long in areas and if not for the audio I'd probably be banging my head on something 2y
TheSpineView @InLibrisVeritas I don't know if I can force myself to try reading again even with the audiobook. only if the library has a copy available. 2y
InLibrisVeritas @TheSpineView I really don't blame you. I love the plot line but the delivery is...hard to enjoy at times. If I didn't need to get the discussion set up, I would probably put this down for a while. 2y
TheSpineView @InLibrisVeritas I might come back to it at some point since so many others loved it. I just can't do it right now. I need to be in the mood to be patient and let the plot and characters develop at the pace it wants... ultra slow. 2y
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Godpants
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Pickpick

This was good, but I‘m not sure I‘ll continue with the series. I prefer fantasy to science fiction and this is pretty heavily in the sci-fi direction, but we‘ll see how I feel in a few months. 😉

BarbaraTheBibliophage I just finished this yesterday. Agree with your review. But I do feel curious about what happens next! 2y
Godpants @BarbaraTheBibliophage you‘ll have to let me know what you think of the next book! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Godpants Well ... not sure I‘ll jump right in. I have some other stuff on deck. But, either way, I‘ll try to remember to tag you! 2y
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I‘ve wanted to read this for ages, and I‘m hoping I am not too busy with work so I can actually follow along. I tend to find it difficult to do audiobook versions of Sci-Fi/fantasy novels but I‘m going to try.

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Finally synced up to the #BBBBC group read schedule. Now I just have to manage to finish this by the end of August. So far, it‘s pretty fascinating!

#funfact: I had a neurosurgeon with the same name as this book‘s translator, but I‘m fairly certain they aren‘t the same guy.

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I've decided to join the fun for #Top20Series
These are in no ranking whatsoever. I had to leave a few series out, so the books I will be including were rated as 4 or 5 stars. As is normal with series certain books within the series were stronger.
Day 1: According to Goodreads I read book 1 of Liu's trilogy nearly 3 years ago, & for someone who struggles to remember details of a book I read only last week, I still recall the details of each👇

vivastory book vividly. I was mesmerized from the opening of The Three-Body Problem when first contact is made to the breathtaking finale. Illustrating humanity attempting to unite in the face of a common threat, Liu's series obviously reads differently now than it did 3 years ago, but it always struck me that for all of the technological details his focus was on the characters & the implications of the events. If you must call Liu Sci-Fi, (cont) 2y
vivastory then fine, call him Sci-Fi. He's just a damn good writer.
@andrew65 #20Series20Days
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Lucy_Anywhere Such a fascinating series! 2y
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vivastory @Lucy_Anywhere It really is! I know some of the books were divisive, but I actually thought each one had its strengths 2y
Andrew65 Need to check into these. 2y
NikkiM5 Sounds great, added to my stack 😊 2y
Nute You have made up my mind for me! This series is a resounding “Yes” for 2021...maybe this year because of this post! 2y
Centique I read the first one last year and it is still seared on my brain! I‘m going to read book 2 in the next few months for sure. 2y
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Jari-chan
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I finally got to read this very famous book. It was different, as it mostly is with Asian literature, which to me is a huge plus. Even though the book did not thrill me as much as I would've hoped, it is still a very interesting setting and idea. I wonder now how the story will continue.

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Happy July everyone! A new month means its tome for #BBBBC next pick! For the months of July and August we will be reading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu! The discussion will take place at the end of August. Please feel free to join in (let me know if you want to be added to the notification list or discord!). Use the tag #BBBBC and feel free to tag me in your updates!

SamAnne I plan to read and am interested in joining discord. Thanks! 2y
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Gezemice I am planning to read. I have a Discord account but have not used it for a while. How do you join in Discord? 2y
coffeewithbooks I won‘t be able to join this month the library doesn‘t have enough books 2y
Laughterhp I‘m so excited for this book! 2y
InLibrisVeritas @SamAnne @Gezemice I tagged you both on the Discord invite link! Its a relaxed place, so feel free to pop in an out when you can! 2y
InLibrisVeritas @thereadingunicorn I totally understand! If you ever do get the chance to pick it up in the future (even if its in a year) feel free to tag me or #BBBBC, I'd love to discuss it with you ❤ 2y
InLibrisVeritas @Laughterhp Me too! Its been sitting on my TBR for a long time. 2y
coffeewithbooks @InLibrisVeritas good news I just got the ebook! 2y
Gezemice @Laughterhp @InLibrisVeritas This has been on my tbr forever, too. My husband bought it on the Kindle so I have it. He does not read much but when he does, it is sci-fi or fantasy :) 2y
HufflepuffGirl90 Got the ebook and am ready to go! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I picked this up, it was just recently on kindle sale (not sure if it still is), so I‘m ready to go. 2y
ahackett Just got this app today, and recently got this book from the library. I would like to be added, but don't know what all I'd need to do. #bbbbc @InLibrisVeritas 2y
InLibrisVeritas @ahackett Welcome! I will add you to the notification list! We read a book every 2 months, alternating between scifi and fantasy. We discuss at the end of the second month. You are welcome to post using the tag or/tag me at any time. 💜 If you would like to be added to the Discord I can do that as well. Oh! And if you have book nominations you can post those at anytime as well! Let me know if you have any questions! 2y
ahackett @InLibrisVeritas Can you add me to the Discord? Thank you for responding so quickly. 2y
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In June I read 30 books. 4 were audio books. 2 DNFs, reducing my TBR shelf to 23 (or something like that 😅). Now let's see what July brings!

Buechersuechtling 30 books⁉️ Wow. 😯 I enjoyed „Die 3 Sonnen“ also. Tempted to continue the series but also hesitant because I started it with the audiobook and am unsure if it will work for me on paper … 2y
Jari-chan @Buechersuechtling I'll get the second volume from my husband at some time - looking forward to continuing the series! But I understand your doubts, audio books and printed books can be very different. Don't you have any possibilities to get the audio book? 2y
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Hey #BBBBC crew! The July/August read is currently on sale on Amazon (US) for $2.99!

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