The Three‐Body Problem

large print, 530 pages

English language

Published Nov. 1, 2016 by W F Howes Ltd.

ISBN:
9781510046603
4 stars (83 reviews)

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation 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, or fight against the invasion.

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

5 stars

Wow. In the classic way of much great sci-fi, this book uses a couple of outlandish inventions to explore the human society of its time. The inventions themselves are interesting, but their reflections in earth society much more so.



This is partly a book about China--particularly about how the horrors of the Cultural Revolution still shape survivors even now--but it also has a lot to say about globalised culture, especially the divisions within the environmental movement.



The first 2 or 3 chapters are set in the Cultural Revolution and are absolutely harrowing. If you have a hard time getting through them, it's worth knowing that the book doesn't stay that dark.

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

4 stars

An intriguing story, unfamiliar cultural setting and history, and lots of interesting ideas are filled out with good characters and writing. I was expecting something dense and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I consumed it, but spent more time mulling things over after reading. Looking forward to the next book.

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

4 stars

Brakuje mi książek z nurtu hard SF i ta książka jest dobrym przedstawicielem. Ciekawy pomysł i forma. Mam też wrażenie, że w książce złożono hołd Umberto Eco i jego książce o pewnym wahadle:) Nie jestem literaturoznawcą, więc mogę się mylić, ale pewne wątki, sceny, a wreszcie samo wahadło we własnej osobie tak mi sugerują. Niestety - znowu zawiodła redakcja. Dialogi gnieniegdzie brzmią bardzo sztucznie, chociaż może to wynikać ze sposobu mówienia Chińczyków. Mnie to raziło. Jednak wpadki w rodzaju "wyszedł z gorzką miną" to już na pewno redakcja, a nie specyfika. Niezależnie polecam książkę fanom SF i czekam na kolejny tom.

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

4 stars

I am very conflicted about this book. Parts of it are just wonderful, masterfully combining rich, expressionistic and very poetic descriptions of situations with minimalistic, yet terribly well-found descriptions of thoughts and emotional states. The "sci" part of it also feels fairly well-researched.



However, my problem with the book begins with the "fi" part. Some of the characters strike me as flat and wholly unrealistic, especially the roguish cop Da Shi who combines a superhuman level of insight into the human psyche with a cartoonishly insensitive behaviour. It is impossible for me to tell if this is a cultural trope that I as a Westener is unfamiliar with, and therefore cannot accept as readily as someone who shares the author's cultural background or if it is simply poor character construction. Also, parts of the world-building and overarching plot struck me as very cliché, and frequently gave me a feeling of …

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