El problema de los tres cuerpos

Spanish language

Published Oct. 28, 2016 by Ediciones B.

ISBN:
9788466659734

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4 stars (90 reviews)

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien worlds. A nearby alien society receives these messages and makes plans to invade Earth.

10 editions

Missed Opportunity

3 stars

I thought it started out really strong but became unnecessarily fantastical, which took away from it quite a lot. I also didn't feel the characters motivations were particularly convincing. Lots of cool ideas and interesting thoughts but the great overall concept and story line could have been a lot better.

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I feel like the one saving grace for this book was that I went into it completely blind, not knowing anything about it, so was pulled forward by the mystery and wondering what was going on and how it blended into the backdrop of the cultural revolution.

All of the characters felt like two dimensional moving parts just to push the plot forward. I'd describe this book as 'stuff happens' with the only character having any 'depth' being Shi and the first few chapters of Ye.

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This book was ok. I enjoyed the story and the characters. The big knock on it for me was the multiple massive time jumps and skips all over the place. That pulled me out of the story every time it happened.

That being said, I'm excited to dig into the next book in the series.

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

Authors just can't get a slack, can they? He writes an amazing physics sci-fi, and the reader (me) just goes "I don't know, the videogame sounds sus".

This book I tried to rush to finish last year, but didn't manage by about an hour, so I started anew. And it was worth it. I enjoy art so much more if I take my time with it, taking breaks when I start losing interest or need to take time to take something in.

Listening for the second time, the videogame still sounded sus, but it was a guy who doesn't play much games making guesses about how the game works and, I think, getting it wrong. Specifically, the protagonist guessed that some char was a player not an NPC, but if the game was multiplayer it wouldn't make any sense, so I assume it's a single player game. Even so, there's …

Review of 'El problema de los tres cuerpos' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Pues... venía tan recomendado que me he llevado un ligero chasco. Posiblemente tenga tantas virtudes como defectos: la trama se despliega con cierta elegancia y se cierra con algún chirrido, no demasiado grave; los aspectos científicos parecen bien traídos, pero las motivaciones de los personajes apenas se esbozan, parecen tomar decisiones que cambian vidas por poco menos que ocurrencias de un momento de calentón. Sólo la protagonista aparece definida, el resto son máscaras.

Lo más incómodo para mí ha sido la escala a la que se desarrolla todo, tan cósmica ella y tan difícil de abarcar.

Se lee del tirón, pero se nota demasiado la pincelada gruesa.

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

For me, what makes sci-fi worthwhile is the following:

1. Asking big questions about the human condition, and humanity's place in the Universe.

2. Exploring the frontiers of science.

3. Blurring the line between the fantastical and real by building a plausible bridge between the fictional world and the reader's world.

The Three-Body Problem excels at all of these. Not only is Liu highly imaginative in constructing his universe, but he also manages to firmly ground it in well-drawn and memorable characters, real science, and most exceptionally for me, Chinese history and culture. The book begins in the throes of the Chinese cultural revolution, and this turbulence ripples through the rest of the book. This gave his story, already an  outstanding example of first contact, a unique flavor, and it makes me want to learn more about something I know little about, a sign of an excellent book.

Another sign …

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Super interesting, with some great perspective-changing ideas and how that would affect people and humanity at a whole. I'm amused by how Chinese it still is, such as the shock of time frames being even longer than dynasties, and things like he human computer, reinforcing ideals that individuals doing their part in society can achieve great earth-changing things.

Review of 'Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I finally finished this. It was a very different science fiction than I've seen published in the US in a very long time. It's thinky and twisty and grounded in moral and ethical conundrums. I should have loved this, but despite the sometimes dense language and sciency exposition, I didn't feel there was much substance to the plot overall.

The first 3/4 or so of the book, I couldn't put it down. It was very engrossing even though I didn't really know what was going on. The plot of the Three Body game was fascinating and I wanted to see how everything fit together. Unfortunately, once the actual overarching plot of the book was starting to be revealed, I started losing interest. I had planned to finish this prior to the Hugo voting closing but gave up and voted earlier this week for another novel.

One of the main criticisms …

Review of 'The Three-Body Problem' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I haven't read a book this full of ideas in a long time. I highly HIGHLY recommend the first novel of Cixin's Three-Body Problem trilogy. English translations of the remaining volumes are rolling out over the next 8 months (The Dark Forest comes out in a few weeks and Death's End drops April 2016) but this shouldn't stop you from getting started. There are awesome set pieces in this novel in the true sense of the word. I often turned to my wife after reading passages and enthusiastically tried to recount what I just read and why it was so cool. Hats off to Ken Liu - my translations never worked.

I really was impressed with the translation from Ken Liu, an accomplished writer himself. Ken was able to transition some very tricky cultural moments with minimal interruption and his writing flowed so well I often forgot it wasn't a …

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