El problema de los tres cuerpos

450 pages

Spanish language

Published Oct. 28, 2016 by Ediciones B.

ISBN:
978-84-666-5973-4
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4 stars (150 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

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

Highly entertaining, a much better read than his views on Xinjiang.

4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book (and the rest of the trilogy), always worry that I'm missing out with a translation, but I'm a fan of the translator, Ken Liu, an accomplished sci-fi writer in his own right (I would say better, actually). The story is highly imaginitive but still grounded in science, characters are perhaps a bit wooden but distinct, and I was surprised at the harsh depiction of the Cultural Revolution. I'm glad I read this before I read his interview defending the Xinjiang internment/genocide ("They're terrorists! We're giving them job training!"). Now I can barely stand to look at his book covers.

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

Mixed feelings

4 stars

The book starts very strong with a mysterious atmosphere and thrilling scenes. There are large sections where the main character is playing a computer game for some reason and I didn’t enjoy them very much. The characters are a bit shallow with a few exceptions.

There are some very clever ideas about technology and sci-fi ish solutions, although some seemed a bit too crazy to my taste.

I am not sure how I feel about the book. I enjoyed the atmosphere, there were quite a few very good chapters, but I am not sure if I want to continue with the other books of the trilogy.

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

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.

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

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.

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

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.

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

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'

3 stars

Empecé con muchas ganas este ganador del Premio Hugo de 2015. Ciencia ficción "hard", de una cultura un tanto exótica para mí como la china, y con aplauso unánime de la crítica, prometía mucho. Y no es que sea una mala lectura ni mucho menos, pero me ha acabado decepcionando bastante.

Se dice que el autor está muy influido por Asimov, Clarke y similares, y la verdad es que sí: la trama contiene muchos elementos que podían haber sido originales en los años 60, pero que desde luego hoy en día no lo son, al menos en Occidente. El personaje principal es bastante plano; los secundarios, que tenían mimbres para ser interesantes, acaban resultando estereotípicos; el hecho de que la novela acabe en un "continuará" (es el primer libro de una trilogía) no ayuda tampoco a la redondez de la trama.

En otros aspectos donde se ven influencias de otros …

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

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

3 stars

I had mixed feelings about this one. Some of the plot and conflict I really enjoyed. But the characterization wasn’t working for me and there were some heavy science info dumps that were rough, even for someone who enjoys learning about quantum physics.

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

4 stars

Interesting with several physics plot twists. Almost no social commentary, as the author explains in an afterword. Although I found it interesting to read something mostly set in China through the Cultural Revolution and beyond, I found the pages of details on pseudo-physics tedious if ingenious. Glad I read this one, but unlikely to read the sequels.

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.

reviewed The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (The Three-Body Triology, #1)

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

2 stars

It has a good moment or two, but commits two of the usual terrible sins of sci-fi:

1. Lots of exposition in the form of unrealistic dialog... including the antagonist cackling gratuitously for several pages to the victim over how and why they are going to be destroyed, and how this evil plot will fool them all and they'll never see it coming.

2. Deus ex machina resolutions of plot mysteries and conflicts via suddenly-introduced, implausible quasiscientific machines or mechanisms.

To this you can add:

Officer Cliché: a tough-talking cop who bends the rules and doesn't have respect for the brass.

The book being largely a set-up for its sequels.

Lots of chapters describing a VR video game that's supposed to be hard to tear yourself away from, but in its description seems about as exciting as watching paint dry,

An alien race with superior technology and wisdom who choose …

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