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Journal of No. 118


March 14th, 2016

The Dark Forest, by Liu Cixin @ 05:07 pm

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This is the follow-up to The Three-Body Problem. I thought the translation wasn't as good/clear -- if nothing else it was done by a different person.

The plot wanders, as I suppose it must in a multicentury story of preparing for alien contact, settling into various distinct eras in human history. A lot of ideas get run up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes, but many of them are pretty dubious... I can't work up even a half-hearted salute for some of them. I'm not sure I still care enough to finish the trilogy -- at the moment the decision is made for me, as the last volume has not yet been translated into English.
 
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Journal of No. 118