Monday, May 30, 2016
The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
And everyone, this was amazing!
The Three Body problem starts off during the cultural revolution, when Ye Wenjie witnesses the death of her father. After a little while, it skips about 40 years, to Wang Miao and the mysterious deaths of various scientists.
This is probably as good a summary as I can give without giving anything away, because the plot is seriously complicated. And it contains a lot of physics.
I have to admit, all the physics stuff just flew right over my head. If I read this in Chinese, I'd probably have to give up the book. So it's a good thing I borrowed the English copy.
By the way, I thought it was quite interesting that the book didn't seem to make that many waves in China.
I mean, the book opens with the Cultural Revolution, and it clearly isn't portraying it in a positive light. And while I can't say much about Tsisolaris culture, they do remind me, in some odd way, of the worst of modern China. Maybe it's the ultra-utilitarian way they view lives, or the fact that they continually destroy civilisation.
Or maybe I'm just reading it wrongly (this is a huge possibility).
At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and basically gobbled it up in three days (it would have taken one, but I had school and studying to do. Plus pancakes to eat for dinner).
I would totally recommend this to fans of Science-fiction, especially those who want something different from the norm.