Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cixin Liu's "The Three-Body Problem"

At our May 31st, 2016 Book Discussion meeting, eleven of our club members and/or associates discussed "The Three-Body Problem" by Cixin Liu, the 2014 English-translation of a 2007 Chinese novel, whose 2014 version won the Hugo Award for Best Novel last year.

If you're a Star Base Andromeda member who has read this novel but were not able to attend our discussion, and you would like to offer up your opinion, please share your thoughts here as a comment with the rest of SBA and anyone else who drops in. As part of your comments, please give "The Three-Body Problem
" a score, from 1 to 10 (10 best) and identify yourself by name in your comments. Although we currently only add rating scores to our website for local members and associates who participated in the original discussion or were unable to attend the discussion due to scheduling issues, we would be curious to see how your opinion compares to ours!

If you're one of those visitors who just stumbled across us, you're welcome to share your opinion here, too.

Thank you for participating! What did you think of "The Three-Body Problem

Join us on July 12th, 2016 at The Coffee House in downtown Lincoln for our next genre book discussion: the classic Roger Zelazny novel "Lord of Light". 

Ratings scores for "The Three-Body Problem" from this discussion: Scott: 5; Tim: 6; Kassie: 6.5; Marg: 7; Brian: 7.5; Amy, Joyce and Mark: 8. [Average Score: 7.00]

1 comment:

cannellfan said...

I was about half-way through the novel at the time of our discussion of this book this past Tuesday evening, and have continued with it, just finishing it tonight. I found this book to be a bit of a slog to read, and whatever pleasures I found in it in the front half were gradually worn away by the second half of the book.

Maybe it is an inability on my part to fully appreciate the differences in cultural style in this English translation of a Chinese work, but I felt like I was being lectured to in a monotonous tone through far too much of the story. I ended up not caring about any of the characters in the slightest, and only finished the book out of a general sense of obligation to the fact that it was a group selection.

In the end, on our 1 to 10 scale, I can only give it a 5.