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2023 Reading Goal

7% complete! Merovius has read 4 of 52 books.

The Steerswoman (Paperback, 1989, Del Rey) 4 stars

The Steerswoman is the first novel in the Steerswoman series. Steerswomen, and a very few …

The premise of this series (which I don't want to say, as it is kind of a spoiler) is incredibly fun. If you are a scientifically minded person and/or interested in fantasy, this book is going to tickle you in all the right spots.

The Three-Body Problem (Hardcover, 2014, Tor Books) 4 stars

Within the context of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a military project sends messages to alien …

This is the first time I read a book translated from Chinese. So this might be an artifact from the translation, it might be a cultural difference or it might be a property of the book: I found this pretty hard to interpret.

The book uses a style that is very direct and doesn't use a lot of adjectives. Meanwhile, it is extremely allegorical. The Sci-Fi is "hard" (closely related to theories from real Physics), but at the same time understood very metaphorical.

Ultimately, I'm just not sure what the story is trying to tell me. I can tell that there is something there - in many places, the story rhymes with itself, in a way that is too obvious to be accidental. But figuring out what that is would likely require a second read and a lot of thought, at least. And I'm not sure I liked the book …