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English language

Published Sept. 22, 2016 by W. F. Howes Ltd.

ASIN:
B079KJNDN3
4 stars (263 reviews)

In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

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Disappointing

2 stars

Well, I really enjoyed the first one. This one, not so much. The story arc Luo Ji and his "one true love" really pissed me off. She was so one dimensional - the demure, deferential, woman who (literally and figuratively) takes up very little space. It was this that made me realize that in his whole world (in 2 books), there were 4 female characters with speaking roles who lasted for more than a chapter. And only 3 or 4 who only lasted a chapter. On top of that, he fridged two (three? maybe four, if you count cold sleep) female characters to move the plot forward.

All that aside, it was a very slow book, which I'm usually good with, but this was... more rambly. In the end, I was pretty much skimming to finish the story.

I will say the world was imaginative and interesting to me. Just …

Read This Trilogy

4 stars

I will be making a review on this book without trying to spoil any plot points of the entire series. Here is what you should know. I have said it on my review of the first book of the series, The Three Body Problem. The writing is rough, and the character dialogue is even more rough. Sometimes the details are hard to follow, and sometimes things are explained so far in detail it kind of derails from the plot.

However, you should 100% read this series. The trilogy is worth the time you will spend. The books have this way of over explaining, but this is to make things make sense and to back up aspects and ideas. This series is an overall idea of what the writer would think the world would be like during an extraterrestrial crisis. What it lacks in over explaining and rough character dialogue, it …

Review of 'Hamlet' on Goodreads

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Maybe has a gimmick worth reading, but only if written by an author with more respect for his readers' intelligence. This feels like it's talking down to you all the time it's dragging you through its characters' pain and violence and dumb quips and hollow insights.

(I should know better than rely on Best-of-the-Year picks chosen by poll.)

Review of 'Hamlet' on Goodreads

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More accurately, “The Cigarette in the 20th Century: An American Political History.”

While not as broad in scope nor in geography as I would have liked—and known if I’d read the description more carefully—I felt like I learned quite a lot from this book. Though US-centric, I thought it worthwhile; not sure if its insights are its own or simply new to me, but I liked to consider aspects of its history like government by partly-private associations, the complicated decisions further complicated by party philosophies, money, changing expectations of policy and health and etc.

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