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    clash of clans []  2020-5-11 22:47

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    my heart transplant for your amusement []  2020-8-16 15:50
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    "My Heart Transplant for Your Amusement" by Vince Clews The essence of this book is Vince's story about his heart condition and the obstacles he had to overcome to create the transplant happen; but, it also a love story of Vince's love for his wife, Carol. That love is evidenced in his accolades describing her faithful attendance to his every need, demonstrating what it means to vow, "I will love you and honor you all he days of your life". This is a amazing read and makes one admire the Clews for the tenacity they demonstrated in overcoming the continued frustrations of this rollercoaster ride. I would suggest a various title ~ as I was not amused! I might suggest, "My Heart Transplant: A Good-Humored Look at a Life in Crisis". It is amazing read and I love a guy who watches The Meal Channel to see Barefoot Contessa and Giada with cleavage showing.

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    guns of glory []  2020-5-21 22:34
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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    Cramer does seem to have an agenda to show a "softer" side of Williams than the public at huge may be aware of. That in itself isn't a poor thing as long as the writing is objective and Cramer is objective, which he is. He also shows some of the mad side of Williams and his failures as a husband and father. I think the overall picture of Williams is an accurate one. I got this is a kindle book and it was shorter than I thought it would be but I still enjoyed it. It's worth the read for baseball fans in general and Red Sox fans in particular.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    Richard Ben Cramer has done a marvelous job translating the Ted Williams he got to know into the printed word. I could hear "The Splinter" speak! The only disappointment was getting through it too quickly!

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    A love story to baseball and to all the possibilities of sportsmanship, gamesmanship, and mid-century citizenship. I read it more for Richard Ben Cramer's writing than anything else. The writing is great, but I got a bit lost in the "baseball" story.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    I grew up in the thirties and forties and two of my "heroes" were Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. I rated this book only two stars only because I think unless the reader has read other books about Ted Williams they won't have the context to judge this book. Cramer writes to change misperceptions about Ted Williams from other writers. For example, Williams had an adversarial relationship with Boston sportswriters a lot of of whom wrote uncomplimentary things about Williams and provided info for other more objective writers who included their info in their books. Mr. Cramer tried to obtain inside the head of the mercurial Mr. Williams and paint a portrait of the man as he was to those who knew him best. To people have read some of the "other books" about Williams I would rate it higher ... 4 stars.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    A real American character despite his negative antics, got his autograph outside the visitors lockeroom backm in the late 40's,he came out and told everyone to stand back and one by one he called us up to obtain his autograph. Very few players would do this today.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    Back in the late 60's a revolution in magazine reporting occurred, led by editors at Harper's, Esquire, Mother Jones and others. That style is beautiful well personified by this piece on Ted Williams, which reveals his complex personality in depth.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    Ted Williams was a misunderstood super star. One of our contemporary wordsmiths (Ben Cramer) tries to dispel a myth or two by showing a side of Williams that a lot of people did not know. A fast read about a amazing hitter by a amazing writer...too soon taken from us.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    In depth look at the Spendid Splinter

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    A classic, and since it'sd written by a late friend, is a phenomenal Pulitzer Prize-winning author, it's another one of hjis excellent takes on a topic a lot of of written on.

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    What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance []  2020-2-7 19:38

    Very amazing and informative; however, I would like for there have been more detail on some of the matters that were prominent in his life.

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    Remembrance of Things Past []  2020-9-16 18:33

    Amazing book, amazing service. Prompt shipment. I was looking for this volume because I found the other part in a thrift shop and wanted to have a full set to read the whole thing. I really like this edition. It's massive and huge but it feels and smells like a true book.

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    The Book of Remembrance []  2020-1-20 20:16

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book for the most part. I have learned and confirmed a lot of things. The only issue I had with this book is when it shifted gears to another subject and that became the focus for the rest of the book. This threw me off and created the book difficult for me to finish. I would have giving five stars if the book stayed on course.

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    Remembrance of Things Past []  2020-9-16 18:33

    I think FTW means For the Win, but I'm not sure. Anyways, Remembrance of Things Past (or In Find of Lost Time) by Proust is a fabulous, if long, read. It's awesome that humans can make masterpieces like this. Proust is on Joyce and William Carlos Williams level, just an wonderful artist able to produce massive, inspiring works that are meal for the mind.

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    Remembrance of Things Past []  2020-9-16 18:33

    Remember when you first heard about memories of madeleines (the cookies)? Well, this is the guy who started it all. This is a HUGE undertaking to read, but you can do it in small nibbles (of madeleines, of course)! Proust does support a person look at life in various ways, so this is well worth a read - or even a skim - or reading of parts that appeal to you.

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    The Book of Remembrance []  2020-1-20 20:16

    Wow what a very informational book! This book answered alot of questions I have had over the years about human origin and our interactions with Extraterrestrials. I highly recommend this book!!!!

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    Remembrance [App]  2019-2-11 21:25

    5 stars for this memory game.. very clean design... straight forward... creative art...

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    Remembrance [App]  2019-2-11 21:25

    awesome!

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    Songs Of Remembrance, Vol. 1 []  2020-1-22 2:31

    These songs were very comforting and done well.

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    Songs Of Remembrance, Vol. 2 []  2020-5-5 18:40

    Again more songs that are very comforting and simple to listen to.

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    And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet []  2020-7-11 19:33

    I am loving this book: "And I Love you Still" it is helping me immensely in dealing with the overwhelming grief over the loss of my soulmate, Cody, who passed away 4 months ago. The journaling section is very therapeutic in dealing with thoughts and emotions inside that need to come out on paper. The experience the author has in dealing with loss and understanding how others feel over losing their pets is incredible. I feel as if she were talking just to me going through my loss. This was my first dog and the love of my life. I could not obtain through this wonderful grief without the support of this marvelous book. I highly recommend it to anyone dealing with the loss of their pet. This can support them with their buried feelings, loss, regrets, things they wanted to say, and an wonderful amount of room to discover their feelings during this extremely difficult time in their lives. Plus, Dr. Corbin communicates with our group to each and every one who expresses a concern, which is such a truly awesome blessing. This book has touched my life like no other book ever has.

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    And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet []  2020-7-11 19:33

    The old saying is “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, yes and no with Julie Corbin’s book “ And I Love You Still...”. The cover has a profound sunset picture of the back of a lovely lady with her arm around her Golden that looks so much like Brighton. It is a symbolic picture for each of us holding on to the latest sunset of our Fur Angel’s life with us. Then, opening the book awakens our synthesis of Spirit in the art of words. It is not only the comforting content of remembrance for healing the loss of a pet. The color of all pages are and mellow, almost like the shade of an English Creme Golden. Each page is framed as though it is an individual piece of art in a gallery of profound memories. The beautifully selected font types create one feel they are opening an ancient text from a medieval library. Each chapter has a keystone quote about life and love and death and grief. Quotes from the wisdom of profound writers about the soul! And most necessary is the archival empty space, meant to be filled with thoughts and memories pouring out of our broken hearts to link the ink of tears. Bless Julie for reaching out to all of us who ache for our eternal fur Angels. The book is a private journey but could also be used as a tutorial for a group that joins together to honor mutual grief and forever love! AMEN!

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    And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet []  2020-7-11 19:33

    This book has been a God send for me!! Actually my sister sent me an attachment with this book and I immediately ordered it. It is like a soothing balm during this very difficult time. My grief from losing my constant companion has been over whelming. This book is helping me understand my connection to my Nicoletta and reading about other people who have been thru this has been so helpful as I go thru this process. I am finding validation, hope and connection because of this book. I have a lot more of the book to read but it is not a book that I wish to read quick since it is going to take time for her words to be a part of me. I truly love this book and so grateful to Julie Corbin for writing it. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves their pet as I did and feeling a deep sense of loss. I also joined her help group which has been such a comfort to me. Thank you Julie Corbin!

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    And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet []  2020-7-11 19:33

    For those of us fortunate enough to have bonded with a companion animal, its loss can be shattering. A lot of of us may need support in getting through the days and months that follow. Reading this book and following the guidance and suggestions given will surely help. Much time for reflection may be required to process your loss and “I Love You Still” will be a large support as this was written by an expert in the field with a lot of years experience. Be ready for tears; there are a lot of private stories similar that while sad will allow you know you are not alone in feeling like you do. Dr. Corbin’s book contains zone for keeping a journal , which if used, will support you make & preserve a permanent reminder of the love shared with your unique companion.

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    And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet []  2020-7-11 19:33

    I absolutely love this book!It has helped me with the loss of my beloved furbaby Senora Gordita, a senior recue that I only had ten months e journaling section of the book was most instrumental to me in my healing, as the book itself is a thoughtful and compassionate tutorial that anyone who has lost a four-legged companion should read. It has helped me identify exactly what I was feeling and autifully written and lovingly therapeutic.

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    And I Love You Still... A Thoughtful Guide and Remembrance Journal for Healing the Loss of a Pet []  2020-7-11 19:33

    This book is beautifully written with wonderful insight Julianne Corbin, PH. D. Makes you feel that you are not alone in your grief the book is attractive the journal is incredibly helpful writing everything down the method you feel and the things that she prompts you to feel about the loss of your pet it's incredibly therapeutic. this book has become a unbelievable tool in helping me to come to grips with my grief my loneliness at the loss of my beloved dog. The fact that she feels what we feel is an inspiration she's supportive and thoughtful. I love how she told us about how she went through the loss of her two dogs and how other people share their experiences which helps to allow the reader understand that there are a lot of people going through the same grief process that we are. Thank you for this wonderful book.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    Despite a deeply engaging premise and articulate expoloration of the philosophical aspect of first contact and the importance of fundamental physics, Dark Forest routinely trips over its own fundamntal flaw: insufficeint research and unnecessary e volume of research required for a book like this is heavy given the vastness and quantity of topics that it explores. It’s quite possible that in its current state it might never have been written if the author had attempted accuracy in all things. Chriton and Wier (The Martian) curtail the scope of their projects to their own expertise and still spent years researching before writing. Liu, instead, ventures unnecessary exposition on topics that belie the limits of his research and break the fourth wall. We don’t need to know, for instance, that the author thinks space-based telescopes would have lenses or that those lenses would be created by Zeiss (In the book much is created about the size of the Hubble II telescope but larger telescopes, especially space-based telescopes like Hubble and Keppler use mirrors instead of massive glass due to the mechanical limitations of massive refractive elements) but a small research could have turned an awkward stage into a fluid one at least. With Wier the inclusion of info like this often seems awkward and disrupts the drama of a stage but they are thoroughly researched and are often important for the reader to understand the mind of the protagonist. With Liu info like this are likewise awkward and disrupt the drama of the stage but because they’re often insufficiently researched they also undermine the credibility of the author. And yet, they continue to add up. Telescopes, zone planes, AI, bullets- old technologies are dusted off and presented as new, current technologies are presented inaccurately and emerging technologies are ignored or dismissed out of u excells at the far out, the multidimensional and the philosophical but stubmbles close to home and it makes for a herky-jerky read that’s not unlike a teenager learning to drive a stick shift.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    As an avid reader of sci-fi, it was refreshing to read the Remembrance of Earth's Past series. It's inventive, well-written series so and Liu is a master at keeping enough info from you to hold you guessing what everyone is thinking. If you like realistic explanations of alien technology then this is your book. It's not like you reading an astrophysics textbook but it's not Star Battles either. Liu aims right for the sweet spot for believable sci-fi.I'll admit, I was a small skeptical about the sequel because I didn't know if it would be able to top the unbelievable Three Body Problem. Dark Forest dragged a bit in the beginning and I feared that he wouldn't be able to top the first novel. But the story keeps building and building until the second half of the book where all the ideas really come together. You can feel the pressure humanity is under to survive or have fun their days as the timer counts down to the doomsday battle. And it's so fun and exciting to see a character's plan to come through as they make their own fate only to be place in a tougher u moves into the future with this book. Unlike the previous book, Liu takes the story into the future. Three Body spent quite a bit of time in revolutionary China and was one of the fascinating aspects of the story. I like that I got a small cultural lesson as I read. There is less of that in the sequel.We have a character but he isn't our focus. We are given an assortment of characters to root for or against. They aren't the most developed characters I've read but I didn't search myself caring too much about that the globe itself is the main hero here. I even found myself empathizing with the Trisolarans, they have their rational reasons for wanting to exterminate humanity. Who's to say we wouldn't do the same if we were in their position?. I'm not leaving any spoilers ere are no boogeymen in this universe unless you're talking about the other hunters in the dark forest. You're going to have to read the book figure this one 's great, read ve Stars!

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    It's hard to know where to start talking about The Three-Body Problem trilogy (officially known as the Remembrance of Earth's Past series), a truly staggering piece of science-fiction written by Chinese author Cixin Liu and translated to English by Ken Liu and Joel Martinsen (Liu did books 1 and 3, while Martinsen did 2). A trilogy that spans literally thousands of years, with quantum physics, android game theory, sociology, religion, zone exploration, zone colonization, and more, all driven by the nature of first contact with alien intelligence - there's a lot going on in this series, and that's before you begin realizing just how much Cixin (reminder: Chinese names are traditionally written with the family name first and the given name second) truly takes on the advanced science of his ideas. And yet, when you [email protected]#$%!, you realize that you've read something truly wonderful - a piece of hard science-fiction whose ambition, scope, richness, and ideas are impossible not to search yourself thinking about for days ath's End, the series' final volume, feels like yet another shift in the series, just as The Dark Forest was a shift from The Three-Body Problem. Because if the first two volumes were about how we come to terms with the fact that we're not alone in the universe, the final volume is about what it's like to realize that you - and every other civilization that's ever lived - are limited in your time, and might one day have no choice but to end?Once again using the previous book as a launching point, Death's End takes on the uneasy stalemate we were left with, but watches as things shift quickly out of control in the exact method the end of The Dark Forest feared they might. Just like the others, Death's End is undeniably the final part of this saga, but it feels like its own book, giving us another fresh central hero and a very various tone, one that finds itself wondering which is more important: survival or morality? And as usual, Cixin doesn't believe in simple answers.Spanning even more time than the other books, Death's End unfolds on an epic scale, as humanity tries to search a method to prevent itself from being viewed as a threat by the rest of the galaxy. But is the sacrifice worth it - in other words, is safety so necessary that we should cripple ourselves as a race? Do we escape and leave our planet behind, setting out as nomads across the galaxy? Or do we test to intimidate others, showing that we're not to be messed with? Death's End deals with these questions as it has in the other novels, diving into the science, the android game theory, and the objections, and giving readers the sense that sometimes, there are no simple answers to be deed, what's so compelling about Death's End is the main character, who takes choices that so often feel like the wrong ones for a situation - I often found myself almost screaming at her for being wrong...and yet, you understand why she's doing them, and can almost agree. Where do we draw the line between survival and being a monster? What's acceptable to do in to save ourselves? And does it truly matter, on a huge enough time scale?Over the course of Death's End, Cixin draws all of the series' different threads into focus thematically, making it clear that this is a series about recontextualizing our put in the universe and how we would react to that. But he's done so, once again, by focusing on a little group of characters, advanced and thoughtful explorations of science and philosophy, and a story that's engrossing on both the macro and micro level. And while the series comes to an appropriately complex, epic ending, I love how even to the end, Cixin makes it equally about the larger questions and about these characters and the choices they have to create - and their own emotional stakes as explain this series is a difficult challenge, to place it mildly. This is a series that spans a large amount of time, with advanced scientific concepts in complex terms, grapples with rich philosophical and political ideas, debates questions without simple answers, and gives you a scope that can be daunting. It's a story of alien invasions, yes, but one in which the action sequences we're so used to are replaced with existential dread, a rethinking of our own lives, and a fear of the unknown that's hard to quantify. It's also the story of people caught up in these times, trying to give themselves a amazing life while never forgetting the larger questions of their era, and juggling their own fears with fears for humanity. In other words, it's what hard science-fiction is amazing at - thoughtful questions, huge ideas, and speculation, all of which change the method you think about the is series is a truly wonderful achievement, one that honestly left me a bit staggered and reeling as I attempt to think about it all, but one that I love all the more for what it accomplishes. If you're a hard science-fiction fan, or simply someone who loves dealing with the complex ramifications of common ideas, this is a must read series. I've never read anything like it in my life, and I'm a richer person for the ideas it's inspired me to think about.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    I'm a hardcore sci-fi fan and this series, especially this finale, is without compare. I'm sitting here trying to think of anything to compare it to but there's really nothing. Everything you expect after reading the first books gets thrown out the window by the second, and it only continues into this one. There were few points in this series where I felt at all confident in any predictions I was making, and I was right to feel that method because I was almost always wrong. The deep physics in this series will please the more scientific readers, but this is a deeply human story. It's poignant and heart-wrenching and everything science fiction should be. I doubt I'll ever read anything that will impact me in the same method this series did.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    I'm still reading book 3, but I had to take a min to come back and say Cixin Liu is a genius. Book 1 of this series, The Three-Body Problem, is an imaginative and quite original book that deserves all the awards it has received. But, even with all that being true, it doesn't keep a candle to The Dark Forest which is in my opinion in contention to be the best sci-fi book ever written.I'll tell you how amazing Death's End is when I'm done with it, but (if you haven't) book 1 today, and if you've read the first one and are not sure whether or not to continue, think no further. This trilogy should be needed reading in schools. Liu is the first author I'm aware of to reach the heights of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. In fact I think he's better than Clarke and gives Asimov a run for his u's take on the Fermi Paradox in this series, particularly the second book, is so consequential that it makes his detours into discussions of euthanasia seem almost frivolous in comparison. He has probably invented an entirely fresh field of study in these novels. (He calls it Cosmic Sociology.) Along the method he dispatches themes like gender identity; loyalty; the relationship between being a sentient/intelligent species and being a culture or a people; the relationship between totalitarianism and democracy in times of crisis; the meaning of culture; the potential soul of atheism; nationalism; the hypocrisy of famous demands; the burdens of leadership; the relative importance of the environment; kid rearing; the tugs of battle between love and duty; death vs. living forever; faith in the future; and a bunch of others as if they were mere footnotes in the grand scheme of [email protected]#$%!&?ing you with revelatory meditations in almost every chapter.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    OK, OK. So I have to begin this out by saying that at the outset, I wasn't quite feeling the same intense level of infatuation that I did with the first book, Three Body Problem. The narrative seemed fickle, flitting from one thing to another, and some of the speculative items admittedly flew method over my head. I didn't quite have the same connection with the characters as I did in the first book, even those who were actually IN the first book.But, man. This story is a slow burn. The happenings plod ever forward, sometimes in ways that don't create much sense, but it's all part of the journey, and the endpoint, when it comes, is IMMENSELY satisfying as a ick with this one. The first part was slow going for me, and the latest hundred pages were the best, culminating in the ending. It's an awesome journey and when everything finally comes together, it's like an emotional sucker-punch, but in a amazing u Cixin's writing transcends science fiction. It's highly inspirational and absolutely rewarding to read and experience. I can't WAIT to see what the third book in the trilogy brings.We leave the future Earth of this story in a very certain tone and frame of mind...I wonder if it will last. Whatever comes next, it's going to be avo, Mr. Liu. Bravo.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    With its completion with Death’s End, I can now say that the Remembrance of Earth’s Past is my all-time favorite science fiction series (says the noob of a sci fi fan). It opens just like you would expect the final volume of an insanely ambitious hard science fiction series to open, with a magician offering to support the emperor prevent the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. Wait, what? This has never been a series interested in hewing to convention. And so we obtain a story spanning a few million years (specifically, 1453 – 18906416).“Once, ancient Romans had whistled in their grand, magnificent baths, thinking that their empire, like the granite that created up the walls of the pools in which they floated, would latest forever. No banquet was eternal. Everything had an end. Everything.”(SPOILERS for the first two books in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series below.)Did I say that Death’s End is insanely ambitious? It purports to encompass most of the history of humanity, and of the universe, within its scope. And, indeed, all things must end. But nor is “life . . . nothing but a fragile, thin, shell clinging to the surface of this planet.” As another work of science fiction place it, “Life finds a way.”After a prologue that is bizarre and kind of amazing and strictly not necessary, and a brief interlude with Yang Dong shortly before she commits suicide, the story proper opens shortly after the Trisolaris invasion fleet becomes public knowledge (the Crisis Era). Yun Tianming is a sad sack, a loner, an entirely undistinguished scientist. But the thread of his life has the possibility to play a greater role in the pattern of human history when it comes back into contact with his college crush, Cheng Tianming is a bit of a head fake. Cheng Xin is not only Death’s End protagonist, but is far more central to the story, heck, to the entire series, than any of the characters from the first two books. Cheng Xin is, in at least one way, the best protagonist in the series. That is, she is the most memorable. Not the best, but she is the easiest to hold distinct in your mind as a character. Or at least that was my experience. She is no Luo Ji, though. The Trisolarans are right—Luo Ji is a mighty warrior. We do see Luo Ji again, but Cheng Xin’s story dominates the book in a method that Wang Miao and Luo Ji never e Wallfacer project isn’t the UN’s only response to the Trisolarans. Cheng Xin becomes a part of the parallel Staircase Program. The Staircase Program ultimately settles on a truly science fictional idea—using nuclear pulse propulsion to send a frozen brain light years through space.“At the same time, in Russia and China, Topol and Deongfeng missiles were also rising in the sky. The stage resembled a doomsday scenario, but Cheng Xin could tell by the curvature of the rocket trails that these were orbital launches instead of intercontinental strikes. These devices, which could have killed billions, would never return to the surface of the Earth. They would pool their enormous power to accelerate a feather to 1 percent of the speed of light.”We’re not going to spend the entire book stuck back in the Crisis Era, though. The same hibernation Luo Ji took advantage of in The Dark Forest is available to Cheng Xin, and she makes amazing use of it. When she first reawakens, Luo Ji singlehandedly holds the Trisolarans at bay as Swordholder. He wields Dark Forest deterrence.Ok, now this is REALLY SPOILER location for The Dark Forest. In The Dark Forest, humans discovered why the universe is so quiet. Given an infinite number of stars, there are infinite habitable planets, infinite civilizations, infinite supercivilizations, and infinite supercivilizations that view any smart life as a potential threat. And if you’re a supercivilization, you don’t need to build a system the size of a little moon to destroy a planet.“‘Dark forest attacks all share two qualities: one, they’re casual, two they’re economical.’ ‘Elaborate, please.’ ‘These attacks are not part of some interstellar war, but a matter of conveniently eliminating possible threats. By “casual,” what I mean is that the only basis for the attack is the exposure of the target’s location. There will be no reconnaissance or exploration conducted versus the target beforehand. For a supercivilization, such exploration is more expensive than a blind strike. By “economical,” what I mean is that the attack will employ the least expensive method: using a small, worthless projectile to trigger the destructive potential already show in the target star system.’”At least now we know what happened to the Moon in Seveneves.If that doesn’t sound poor enough, things obtain ath’s End continues and expands on the best aspect of The Dark Forest—balls-to-the-wall crazy science, and lots of it. There are large zone cities. “[A] regular cylinder that stimulated gravity with the centrifugal force generated by spinning. With a length of seven kilometers, its useable interior surface zone was 659 square kilometers, about half the sizes of ancient Beijing. Once, about twenty million inhabitants had lived here.” There are a few dozen more, like that or not. There is light speed travel. Well, near-light speed travel—“If there really were a Creator, the only thing he welded shut in all Creation was the speed of light.” And then there are antimatter weapons, artificial black holes, multiple dimensions, a circumsolar particle accelerator, and, for lack of a better word, vacuoles.But the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series has always been science fiction with a capital SCIENCE. Not only does Death’s End have a more relatable protagonist. It has, by a fair margin, the best writing of the series, especially the pacing and plotting. Liu (The Lius?) can throw out a hell of a wham line. “Tianming, did you know that the euthanasia law was passed specifically for you?”By the way, the Trisolarans create amazing villains (I’m not so sure they qualify as antagonists; the antagonist is more often physics and humanity’s current understanding of it.) They aren’t wantonly cruel, but they give as small thought to humanity’s pain as the wolf gives that of the sheep. One trend in modern villainy I’ve really come to search annoying is the poor guy going out of his method to present just how EVUL he is. Think Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham killing Guy of Gisbourne for small to no reason. In reality, even despots need allies. Apropos, I just finished reading a biography of King John. He had a distinct tendency toward cruelty, and it created him a weak king. Tywin Lannister wouldn’t have been the most feared man in England, he would have been the most hated, and it would have cost him power. One of the high marks for Amazon’s Sneaky Pete is that the poor guy played by Bryan Cranston is so rational, which doesn’t stop him from being evil but does create him a much more risky foe. Ok, digression e Remembrance of Earth’s Past has always been chock full of social commentary, albeit rarely of the Anvilicious sort (perhaps aided by the language and cultural barriers). He sees environment as having an enormous influence on human society, and humans also as being prone to cyclical thinking reacting versus the past as much as the environment. Thus humanity vacillates wildly: “The repressive militaristic uniformity of the Amazing Ravine; the optimism and romanticism of the latter half of the Crisis Era; the hedonistic freedom and indolence of the Deterrence Era.” Like Joe Haldeman in The Forever War, Liu touches on the idea of a trend toward feminization. Men in the Deterrence Era are so feminine that Cheng Xin initially doesn’t realize that they are men. Liu seems to tie this directly to a “half century of peace and ease brought about by the Deterrence Era [that] accelerated the trend.” When things obtain hard again later, the trend reverses. I’m not so sure. It is perhaps no accident that Haldeman and Liu are both men. If you don’t think “masculinity, as traditionally defined, [i]s considered an ideal,” just pick up a romance novel. Any era that makes Mike Rowe a symbol still puts a premium on masculinity.I search Death’s End, and the series in general, most fascinating, though, as a product of atheism. Not just a work influenced by atheism, or the product of an atheist (I have no idea if Cixin Liu is or isn’t), but a work that is the product of an atheistic society. And not just in the more direct ways it addresses religion (“The discovery of the dark forest state of the universe was a giant blow to most major religions, especially Christianity”). Or even Cheng Xin repeatedly playing the role of either Eve or Messiah (“I wish to tell all those who believe in God that I am not the Chosen One. I also wish to tell all the atheists that I am not a history-maker. I am but an ordinary person.”)I distinguish between a work written by an atheist and the product of an atheistic society because works written by Western atheists, especially American atheists, are still working from essentially a Judeo-Christian perspective. Even if they are reacting versus it, their work can still be defined in relation to it. The typical nihilism in modern storytelling, then, is an act of rebellion that we can test to rationalize away—for there to be a rebellion, there must be a dominant order. The nihilism of Death’s End, on the other hand, is pervasive, and thus terrifying. Other books are dark in a method that makes you satisfied you can set them aside and return to normal life after you’re done reading. The darkness of Death’s End is fundamental, and reaches beyond the four corners of the book. The Trisolaran threat, the threat of a Dark Forest strike, the mindboggling timescale, zone itself, all serve to reinforce that underlying nihilism. After all, is there anything more frightening than zone to the atheist? They look up and see not the glory of God’s creation but instead an infinite emptiness creating ever more oppressive loneliness. Liu returns to it, again and again.“Death is the only lighthouse that is always lit.”“The kid that was human civilization had opened the door to her home and glanced outside. The endless night terrified her so much that she shuddered versus the expansive and profound darkness, and shut the door firmly.”“She finally understood how she was but a mote of dust in a grand wind, a little leaf drifting over a broad river.”But because I could not so easily dismiss it, I was left wondering as I read the book, and am left wondering still today weeks after finishing it, whether it meant as hopeful. Keynes was right. “In the long run we are all dead.” Toggle the end date for your book far enough and you’ll obtain there. Even the Bible ends with Revelation. Humanity escapes catastrophe miraculously, but it’s going to obtain us all eventually.And so we return to the opaque allegory of Cheng Xin, our Eve and Messiah. Is she savior of bringer of destruction? Is her weakness a damnation of us or merely of herself? Is it even really weakness at all?

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    When I learned Mr. Liu was writing a third installment to the "Three Body Problem" story, I was worried that the effect would suffer from "sequel syndrome": a publisher / fans pressuring the author to "make it a trilogy" with a disappointing third book, despite the tale having ended in a totally satisfying method with book two. I'm delighted to report I was absolutely wrong, and that I enjoyed "Death's End" as much as, if not more than, "The Dark Forest" -- an extremely tough act to follow. It's all hard sci-fi, but unlike anything else in the genre I have read: not only are the characters and scope of the story original and hard to forget, but Liu's inventive storytelling style turns the physics itself into one of the most fascinating players in the story. There is plenty of meat to this story, and I'm now thoroughly enjoying a second read-through, as Liu has (purposefully?) written in a lot of info which are only fully understandable later in the story (what does the opening tale about the witch in Constantinople have to do with anything? what does the fairy tale about the princess and the paintings mean? and what really drove Yang Dong in book one to suicide, anyway...) As in Dark Forest, there's a chess-game like struggle with the Trisolarans, complete with human protagonists who create tough ethical choices, sometimes resolved in ways that surprise the Western reader. Multiple universes, dark matter, lightspeed travel, coolest use of the planet Pluto, plus easily the coolest weapon of mass destruction I've seen in all of sci-fi. I don't think a book 4 is possible, but at this point, I wouldn't place it past Mr. Liu. Bravo!

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    Death’s End. The title of the final installment gives away what is coming, but whose death? You need to travel an unimaginably long and jaw-dropping journey to search out who/what ceased to exist. Mr. Liu Cixin – or “Big Liu”, a fond nickname invented by his fans in China – now is not only the best sci-fi writer from China, but also one of the best on member how far we have come from? The whole story started in around 1960s as China went through a horrible period of political turmoil. When senseless mobs beat a small girl’s father to death in public, her faith in humanity was shaken and lost. Her solution was to seek support from species of other planets, thus changing the course of humanity. As a effect numerous lives were lost in the ensuing wars and conflicts. But two unlikely heroes came to rescue – Mr. Luo Ji devised a method to blackmail and diffuse the Trisolarian invasion, and Mr. Zhang Beihai managed to save and plant a human seed far away from the Earth.Did both tactics work? The Death’s End provides the final answer. The main hero of the third book is another woman (Ms. Cheng Xin). She is intelligent but weak, and the choice she created in this book will be long debated among the Three-Body fans. But does it really matter at the end? It appears that, regardless of her choice, the fate of humanity was inevitably sealed. I will say this, that two women, Ye Wenjie in book one and Cheng Xin in book three, beautiful much decided the course and the ending (a feminism analysis of Huge Liu is due).There are so a lot of refreshing gems in the Death’s End that makes the book irresistible. For example, how to send a communication device to Trisolaris but the device must have minimum amount of weight and can survive long distance of zone travel? Huge Liu’s respond was plainly crazy yet sensible. For example, Huge Liu rebranded himself temporarily and inserted a long and intriguing fairytale, yes, you are reading this correctly, a fairytale about how an evil prince stealing the throne of a kingdom and a princess fighting back. Finally, a stupendous weapon called the “dual vector foil”. I don’t wish to elaborate. Let’s just say that if you are still reading my comment here, you are not affected by this weapon (yet).Besides sci-fi and fairytales, Huge Liu clearly likes to write detective stories, which are dotted throughout this book series. Book one began with a scientist trying to figure out what was wrong with his vision and who was behind all the suicides of other scientists. Book two had a massive dose of mouse-and-cat android game between wallfacers and wallbreakers. Book three involved a lot of experts (scientists, intelligence officers, and professors in literature) trying to decipher the real meaning of the fairytale. These plots will hold you guessing and add additional ly, the ending. So much happened while ions went by in the final pages. I remember a lot of people complaining about the slow pace of book one. When u reach the end of book three, u will instead suffer whiplashes. I had to turn back and go over a lot of pages again asking what the F is going and trying to create sense of what is happening. Suffice to say that it is a finish that I have never seen it before in any sci-fi literature. Probably the GRANDEST and the MOST INSANE ending of all.Go read it, and begin to marvel and tremble.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    Wow....beautiful, mind blowing, awe inspiring, and heart breaking. My review could never do justice to the grand scale laid out in these books. This is the kind of story you finish and then need to sit down and process what you've just experienced. My one gripe was the ending was sudden and I wasn't expecting it to be over at that point but I can't complain too much. With all that the author has given us with this series I can forgive him for leaving a few things to the imagination. Also, it should be said that this is not a satisfied book. In fact, it might be the most melancholy work of science fiction I have ever read. Thinking about this story is like picking at a scab for me...I wish to stop ruminating on it but at the same time I don't wish to, or maybe I cant. My latest word to anyone reading this review is: Pick up this series at your own risk. It will dominate your thoughts and most likely create every other work of science fiction you read seem trite and superficial.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    Death’s End by Cixin Liu is a magnificent end to a magnificent trilogy. And it’s long, much longer than the other two books, but it does not drag and caps the tale with a ending that is unexpected and ultimately satisfying. In put of a western mad-dash of action and heroism. Death’s End is contemplative, thoughtful and exciting in it’s own quite e book starts off with a most unconventional love story; but don’t allow that fool you, Death’s End is, as with the other books, packed full of [email protected]#$% science and twisting waves of crisis and joy. The Dark Forest hangs massive over the Earth and forces humanity to create hard choices. Things go wrong, thing go right, but as time goes by, the chance of a Dark Forest attack grows. The people of earth create sacrifices, and more often than not, sacrifice the wrong things. Victories come and go, but as with the defeats, they are short lived and death lurks in the darkened depths of the universe. For all our history and power and brains, the people of earth are but babes in the woods, flailing and making to much noise, unaware of the creatures that live among the distant trees.Having read the trilogy straight through, I search the Ken Liu translations are my favorite, and I was surprised how various the voice was between the two translators. I think they should’ve asked Ken Liu to translate all three. But I am sure Ken had projects and deadlines of his xin Liu is a perfect story teller. And this book, much as the other books, had politics and philosophy at its heart; and like the other books, Mr. Liu leaves the answers up for debate. It was also about responsibility. Responsibility, to ones self, to ones fellow man and to the universe at large. But most of all, the book was about love. And that was the most unexpected peace of all. Behind all the science and aliens and disasters, love flowed through the pages. In some cases, it was a love that killed, and by killing saved others. In some cases, it was a love that saved, but ended up destroying. In some cases, it was a love that denied the consequences of it action and the price. Buy most of all, for me at least, it was the love life and it fragility that struck home. In a month or so, I may have to read the trilogy again; there is more there, I can feel it.If you read the first book, and were place of by the second, power through, because Death’s end is worth our time.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    It's hard to know where to start talking about The Three-Body Problem trilogy (officially known as the Remembrance of Earth's Past series), a truly staggering piece of science-fiction written by Chinese author Cixin Liu and translated to English by Ken Liu and Joel Martinsen (Liu did books 1 and 3, while Martinsen did 2). A trilogy that spans literally thousands of years, with quantum physics, android game theory, sociology, religion, zone exploration, zone colonization, and more, all driven by the nature of first contact with alien intelligence - there's a lot going on in this series, and that's before you begin realizing just how much Cixin (reminder: Chinese names are traditionally written with the family name first and the given name second) truly takes on the advanced science of his ideas. And yet, when you [email protected]#$%!, you realize that you've read something truly wonderful - a piece of hard science-fiction whose ambition, scope, richness, and ideas are impossible not to search yourself thinking about for days afterward.Once you read The Dark Forest, the series' second volume, Cixin's ambition for this saga starts to come into focus. The question of first contact is settled, and the nature of the alien's approach is known: this is to be a takeover of our planet. But how can we with a race so much more advanced than our own, constant surveillance by extra-dimensional forces, and fractured elements of humanity working versus us?If The Three-Body Issue was a first contact novel done as hard science-fiction, The Dark Forest is an alien invasion novel, albeit one in which the actual invasion is still many, a lot of years away. It's the first time Cixin starts using hibernation to leap through decades and even centuries, spanning large chunks of time as humanity changes and evolves in the face of an arrival which will change everything. As humanity struggles to search ways to either defend itself or present that it means no harm, the race has to with its own fears of inevitable conquer or a desire to retreat from the only planet we've ever 's not as if The Three-Body Issue wasn't already ambitious, but The Dark Forest is on a whole other level, dealing with interplanetary fleets, lightspeed travel, quantum computing, and more, watching as they evolve over large swaths of time. But more than that, the novel is a deeply philosophical one, discussing the nature of life in the universe, questions about human nature and how we react in the face of threats, how we work together (or not), and android game theory in how we test to handle uncertain intentions in allies and foes alike. Indeed, the central metaphor that gives the book its title (which doesn't arrive until near the novel's end) is a stunning one that helps you understand that what Cixin is writing about isn't just this particular alien invasion, but about the nature of all life in the universe and how we attempt to define ourselves in the face of at Cixin does this while, again, mixing in such a compelling story (focusing especially on the "Wallfacers", a little group of people tasked with covertly planning humanity's resistance versus the invasion) is nothing short of remarkable. The Dark Forest builds beautifully off of the questions and ideas raised in The Three-Body Problem, but turns them into something else entirely, changing the questions from "how do we initially react" to "how would we redefine ourselves in the face of such news". Far from suffering from any sort of "middle book syndrome," The Dark Forest is incredible, engaging with wonderful concepts but never neglecting the human characters that anchor its heavy scope nor the ticking clock at its story's explain this series is a difficult challenge, to place it mildly. This is a series that spans a large amount of time, with advanced scientific concepts in complex terms, grapples with rich philosophical and political ideas, debates questions without simple answers, and gives you a scope that can be daunting. It's a story of alien invasions, yes, but one in which the action sequences we're so used to are replaced with existential dread, a rethinking of our own lives, and a fear of the unknown that's hard to quantify. It's also the story of people caught up in these times, trying to give themselves a amazing life while never forgetting the larger questions of their era, and juggling their own fears with fears for humanity. In other words, it's what hard science-fiction is amazing at - thoughtful questions, huge ideas, and speculation, all of which change the method you think about the is series is a truly wonderful achievement, one that honestly left me a bit staggered and reeling as I attempt to think about it all, but one that I love all the more for what it accomplishes. If you're a hard science-fiction fan, or simply someone who loves dealing with the complex ramifications of common ideas, this is a must read series. I've never read anything like it in my life, and I'm a richer person for the ideas it's inspired me to think about.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    This is nothing like the first book. Its characters behave like a bunch of idiots. Consider:1) they accidentally discovered a method to manipulate people’s beliefs and the UN decided to approve development and deployment to support people believe in wining. That is all. And not one member argued about the potential for stealing this crazy risky device or abusing it. Surprise surprise: 5 out of 6 devices and associated super super computers were stolen and abused.2) an unknown probe gets into the solar system and the whole zone fleet goes to intercept it. The whole fleet. No zone ship left behind, none was being repaired or was on any other duty. Every single ship went into a single put at the same time and very close to each other. To see what the one unknown probe was about. When the attack started it took them two mins to wake up from the shock. No plan n it obtain any dumber than that? Apparently yes. People panicked at the power of the invaders. Not about the stupidity of their is a amazing thing I didn’t the 3rd book of the series in be fair, even in the 1st book plot holes had started to form and should have send warnings signs

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    One of the most difficult things about "hard science" SF is that a lot of of the unique, ground-breaking physics ideas have been explored by prior writers, futurists and/or real-world theoretical physicists. Clearly, this trilogy includes echoes and whispers from all three groups. But it also includes a new set of physical theories that keep together within the context of the author-built universe. FTL travel and effects, characteristics of dimension changes, "physics as a weapon" are only a e trilogy was not without it's problems, however. The characters, for the most part, were weakly developed and one-dimensional. The latest female protagonist would not be my first choice to carry forward our genotype and clearly she doesn't exhibit anything close to the heroic qualities that a lot of of us admire. We might have done better with a e physics hung together, for the most part. However, I was promised (by Chinese readers) a resolution of the physics supporting perpendicular vector changes for the "teardrop" in novel 3. It wasn't there. There were other physical phenomena mentioned, then quickly glossed over. I mention this only to allow the readers of this review know that, while this was a amazing novel, it wasn't perfect. It has holes. Whether that is necessary to you or not, you may judge for initial thoughts after reading the book is that it has successfully accomplished what most authors strive for: a change in the readers' perceptions of the external globe and a reconsideration of the belief constructs of the readers' inner worlds. I would have to say that Remembrance, is the best hard science fiction trilogy that I've read in the latest 30 years from a science perspective, with Book 3 being the best of the lot.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    I have been reading science fiction for over forty years. I think I have had a broad exposure to all forms of the genre during that period. After a brief hiatus, several years ago I dove back in; focusing on some of the newer authors, and have been very happy with most of my selections. I test to read most of the Hugo and Nebula Award winners, and having done so, I think I have a beautiful amazing idea of what makes outstanding science fiction.With all of that said, I feel strongly that The Dark Forest may be the best work of science fiction I have ever experienced. I read the English translation of Cixin Liu’s Chinese science fiction novel, The Three Body Problem. I thought that it was very good, but not excellent. I was sufficiently intrigued to proceed on to the second novel of the trilogy, The Dark Forest, and I am eternally grateful that I did. I am just floored by how amazing this novel is, on so a lot of levels.I have read so a lot of science fiction novels that are small more than spaceships and aliens, with not good underlying stories or hero development. The Dark Forest is an outstanding piece of literature, above and beyond its label as a work of science fiction. It has very thoughtful themes, touching on philosophy, anthropology, sociology and psychology. The advanced technology and elements of hard science fiction are outstanding, second to none. The underlying story is absolutely captivating, as are the the conclusion of the Three Body Problem, we are left with an alien race, the Trisolarans, who have embarked on a four hundred year long trip across the galaxy, ostensibly to defeat and inhabit the Earth. Through use of their advanced technology, they have arrested the technological development of the human race and are able to eavesdrop on every aspect of life on Earth. Faced with this scenario, how does the human race respond? As the years pass and various generations are tasked with coming up with tactics to face the threat, the author continues, time and again, to impress with his vision and the elements of human psychology and philosophy that he st impressive to me is the author’s ability to with these philosophical and technological themes in such a method that the reader can easily follow and appreciate. To me, he walks the excellent line between being intellectually challenging, yet approachable (unlike some of Frank Herbert’s work, which was more than I could handle).So, if you have read The Three Body Issue and are trying to decide whether to proceed on to this second installment, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to do so. If you have not read the Three Body Problem, I urge you to do so, with the knowledge that the follow up book will be worth the effort. The Dark Forest wraps up very nicely and could easily be the end of the story; however this is a trilogy, so I will gladly continue to the final chapter, hoping not to be disappointed. The Dark Forest is a terribly difficult act to follow.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    I've read a lot of science fiction, so I don't say that lightly. There are so a lot of brilliant concepts here, and they're beautifully woven together in a fascinating and suspenseful storyline. No words are wasted on meandering or pointless side plots. The book presents a dark but profound and utterly compelling picture of the universe. Where The Three-Body Problem's characters were a small flat, The Dark Forest's characters are full-bodied and richly human. So stop reading this review and go the book.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    Plenty has been written about the extraordinary imaginativeness and story-telling prowess of Liu Cixin in this thought-provoking book. Having just finished the trilogy after just over a week of obsessive reading, I’ll share a few thoughts as a means of decompressing from this harrowing epic.I read the first two volumes in Chinese and the third in English, mainly because it became too labored an effort to read the transliterated foreign proper nouns and technical words in Chinese (for me, anyway), and I can attest to the quality of the translation and its loyalty to the original. It felt as if I read all three books seamlessly in the same language. Although certain things are inevitably lost in translation, Ken Liu, as an accomplished writer himself, certainly compensated for the loss with innovations of his own. My only complaint has to do with certain word choices. For example, pinnace and dinghy are perhaps neither familiar to most readers nor appropriate terms for astronautic vehicles, and at times certain passages are unnecessarily grandiloquent while at others overly casual when exploring scientific and philosophical concepts. I was especially dismayed that the end of a fairy tale in the story opted for a word-for-word translation instead of “and they lived happily ever after,” despite that’s exactly what the source material means, and it was the only moment that I felt like I was reading a is necessary to point out that although the three books complete the same story arc in a mostly chronological order, they involve very various scale, scope, and more importantly, themes. Emotionally, each book is fully resolved at the end. In this regard, the first book, though a thorough page turner and champion of the Hugo Award, perhaps has the least depth of the major theme of the first book is certainly the existential crisis that can arise out of either failure to grasp reality or loss of faith in humanity, and the second book inverts that theme to become the humanity’s shifting beliefs in reality and faith when faced with a crisis of existence. Death’s End, on the other hand, annihilates any notion that we may have of both crisis and mantic love evolves along with the installments. The Three Body Issue has a cynical notion of love, and the stories of different marriages are marked by betrayal, indifference, and lovelessness. In Dark Forest, love is an ideal that ultimately proves to be an illusion. In Death’s End, love is concrete with cosmic consequences, yet at the same times becomes the most elusive and utterly e narrative structure of Death’s End is also various compared to the previous two books. It doesn’t have the air of mystery of The Three Body Issue that is imposed by an unknown entity, or the intentional concealment of Dark Forest that plays smoothly into the Wallfacer Project. Instead, the story unfolds in a straightforward manner, but every decision created has far reaching consequences that you may not see for hundreds of pages, which in turn are foretold by min info before they are revealed. There is one subtle but brilliant point a third into the book where the Trisolaran emissary sadistically admonishes the forlorn protagonist that the universe is not a fairy tale. It may seem like a mundane cliché by a cartoonish villain, but this point ties together the entire e latest installment, like the previous two, pays ample homage to other works of science fiction, sometimes covertly. It is interesting, however, that Liu also subverts elements from his prior stories in the trilogy. Similarly, Ball Lightening, of which a weaponized ver is mentioned repeatedly in the second book, is an earlier eponymous novel of his. Three short stories come to mind: The Wandering Earth, The Rural Teacher, and a third one that may reveal too much plot by its title alone. The Wandering Earth tells the story of a human society that tries to escape the Sun that is shifting out of main sequence unexpectedly early by making Earth itself into a giant spaceship in to fly to, ironically, Alpha Centauri, the Trisolaran home world. A specific object that appeared in The Wandering Earth is mentioned twice in Death's End, and becomes a strong symbol at the very end of the novel. The Rural Teacher also with a fertile universe and the destruction of stellar systems, but unlike the Dark Forest, that universe is much more benevolent toward ven the limited scope of the first book and the impeded scientific progress in the second, Death’s End is the only part of the trilogy to expansively discover frontier scientific ideas. The scientific foundations of the book are mostly solid and airtight, even when it feels dubious as observed by characters. Artistic licenses are only taken when it involves speculations far beyond even the frontiers of our current scientific understanding. However, one problematic aspect has to do with traveling and manipulating objects in four-dimensional space, as the novel implies that distance in 3D zone can be shortened by traveling in the fourth dimension, which is incompatible with orthogonality of dimensions in the Euclidean part of space-time, and there is no metric shortening of the lower-dimensional distance by traveling in any direction in the higher-dimensional space. Of course, it is certainly possible that the local geometry of said fictional zone is e author does a superb job confounding the philosophical center of the books with a very comprehensive treatment of the various beliefs in science, society, politics, religion, gender, human nature, life, etc., both through an interspersed objective omniscient narrator and through the subjective thoughts of opaque characters. Indeed, there is no real villainy in the trilogy, even when we’re dealing with genocidal alien invaders and mundicidal star destroyers. However, there remains a palpable degree of ethnocentrism and, more problematically, androcentrism that belies the author's ambitious huge picture of cosmic proportions. Though the male gaze is prevalent in the first and second books, it nonetheless reflects the inner worlds of the male protagonists, if not the author himself, from an exceedingly patriarchal society. Yet what Liu perceives to be the difference between “masculine” and “feminine” values cannot be reconciled even at cosmic scales, despite the author’s clear intention to absolve and diminish all sins, aggression and weakness alike, in the grand schemes of the Dark Forest universe. It is disappointing, but y critics think that Death’s End is the best of the trilogy, including the translator. I disagree. Liu has written three entirely special books out of the same story, one may even argue that they’re written in three various genres, and each succeeds and excels on its own equal footing. Nonetheless, Death’s End is the grandest, and it will blow your mind.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    One of the best SF ever, it plots a universe that is outside of the realm of my imagination. After reading the second book in this trilogy, I began to worry about the future of earth in the dark universe, what would happen if the position is exposed to aliens? The dark forest gives a reasonable respond to the Fermi paradox, a cruel but relatively quiet universe; but here the author presents the universe in a more dark way, the one that I hope is not true: the universe is crueler than a forest, it is a battlefield, and the opponents are not waiting for us to present up, they are there looking for us. The advanced alien civilizations have no willing to support other civilizations with lower levels of science and technology; they only wish to destroy these exposed civilizations to avoid any potential risks. After reading the death’s end, I now start to worry about the Arecibo message…This book is not only full of ideas, but talks about love, responsibility, choice, and humanity. I like this book so much though it depicts a cruel ending. The hopeless feeling is not good, but I think this feeling in reading is the value of this book as a science fiction, after all, it is only a story, which demonstrates the worst case; and the future of the earth, I believe, will be much brighter if we could learn something from the book. In the end, I would like to quote the author’s aphorism, the one I like most (Page 497):“Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.”

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    Bought on Day 1 and finished on Day 3. It was a unbelievable Sci-fi reading experience from beginning right to the end. You just couldn't stop feeling surprised and stunned by those choices and decisions created by the characters all the time, regardless they matter or not. The unthinkable scope of the plot and sceneries just repeatedly stroke your imagination and nerves like forever. Twists and turns in both huge and little scale are blended into the whole logical story-line, which is so well-arranged that it turns out to be better than a mind-bending blockbuster paring with the first volume, the fresh translator localized the writing in a more "English" way, making the reading for English speakers feel like reading an original Western literature instead of an Eastern-Western translation, which may not be too amazing for "preserving" the original writing, but... there isn't too a lot of Chinese culture/history similar content in this second book more thing to add, unlike vivid human beings appear in regular full-length fictions, most characters Liu sculpted in his works look like symbols instead, which I fancy is on purpose, being probably the only "obstacle" for this book in the method of becoming a real saluter to those true Classics back in the Golden Age of Science finitely a strong Hugo/Nebular contender and a likely champion next r your own sakes, read it yourselves.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past) []  2020-2-1 4:2

    “We can never know about the days to comeBut we think about them anywayAnd I wonder if I'm really with you nowOr just chasin' after some finer day”Carly Simon’s 1971 song lyric beautiful well sums up Cixin Liu’s second installment of his futuristic trilogy, “Remembering Earth’s lished originally in 2008, “The Dark Forest” continues its exploration of how Earth’s citizens react to the realization they are not alone in the universe. In fact, reasonably close in astronomical terms is another more advanced civilization, TriSolar, and its intentions are this installment it is now known TriSolar has better technology and is reaching out to Earth in two ways, other than the communication links established earlier:• An advance surveillance system called “sophons” capable of inhibiting technological advances on Earth and eavesdropping on Earthling conversations (“sophons” are sort of combination of protons with nanotechnology operating in multiple dimensions as predicted by string theory and capable of exchanges with humans)• An interstellar fleet moving toward Earth but not expected to arrive for several light years (two – four centuries in the future)As might be expected, this realization with the lengthy lead time before physical contact sets in motion a dozens of reactions: defensive measures, escapist groups and submissive or defeatist groups resigned to their fates. The dominant globe is following the defensive approach while suppressing the other two groups. And the future society is living both underground in a sort of “Blade Runner 1982” globe or aboveground in a “Blade Runner 2049” st of the story goes into lengthy detail about the successes and failures of these efforts. While some characters from the first tale appear briefly, developments are largely similar from the perspectives of two characters: Luo Ji, a seemingly self-absorbed young scholar of cosmic sociology, and Zhang Beihai, a slightly older naval officer whose appearance seems to conceal much more below the veral tactics are being employed simultaneously: creation of a Zone Force (with even a passing reference to Donald Rumsfeld who probably originated the term) and the Wallbreaker Project designed to exploit a sophon vulnerability, the inability to read human minds – curious since people in the future globe wear clothes electronically displaying visual photos of their emotions. Luo Ji becomes the protagonist for the Wallbreaker approach and Zhang Beihai for the Zone ere is an intriguing meditation about how disparate civilizations in the universe (“the dark forest”) might or should react to discovering each other – sort of echoing Stephen Hawking’s cautions about interstellar contact – assuming there is a choice. As might be expected, by the end of this installment, nothing is completely resolved but left either with an unknown outcome or at a stand off. While very imaginative, getting there can seem long and at times overly a private observation, there seems to be another, perhaps deeper, reflection being place forth by the author: the enigma of death and how each of us personally handles its impact on our immediate lives. While “The Dark Forest” is an entertaining tale about the possibilities of zone exploration and interstellar contact, it really goes deeper into the unknown than at first rhaps Carly Simon’s lyrics had it right:“And tomorrow we might not be togetherI'm no prophet and I don't know nature's waysSo I'll test and see into your eyes right nowAnd stay right here 'cause these are the amazing old days”(For those interested in other authors using some related concepts here are sources with permalinks to my Amazon reviews:• For extreme nanotechnology, William Hertling’s 2015 science fiction work, “The Turing Exception”: For zone elevators, William Forstchen’s 2014 science fiction novel, “Pillar to the Sky”: For discussion of current limitations to colonizing space, Michio Kaku’s 2018 work, “The Future of Humanity”:

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    Got this for a friend. She loved it.

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    Excellent size

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    This is a attractive frame, exactly as shown!

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    The saying is not as pictured, it is hard to read and not nearly as clear as the picture advertised.

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    Our dog passed away in October. I got this for my mom for Mother’s Day and she teared up. It’s a attractive frame that will look nice in our living room. Very neutral wood color. Satisfied with the purchase.

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    Absolutely beautiful! The engraving is so excellent and it’s so much more awesome in person! Sets excellent on my shelf!

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    The plastic front piece was dirty and scratched. I had to a fresh piece.

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    This was such a attractive bonus to someone who recently had a pet pass away. I am very happy with the quality of the item and would it again.

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    Love this frame

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    Ku-dayi No Longer by My Side Forever in My Heart, Pet Memorial Remembrance Picture Frame, Solid Wood Sympathy Loss of Dog Pet Photo Frame Gift Idea []  2020-8-27 20:1

    Very cute and created a amazing bonus for my mom whose dog just passed away. She loved it!

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    I'm still reading book 3, but I had to take a min to come back and say Cixin Liu is a genius. Book 1 of this series, The Three-Body Problem, is an imaginative and quite original book that deserves all the awards it has received. But, even with all that being true, it doesn't keep a candle to The Dark Forest which is in my opinion in contention to be the best sci-fi book ever written.I'll tell you how amazing Death's End is when I'm done with it, but (if you haven't) book 1 today, and if you've read the first one and are not sure whether or not to continue, think no further. This trilogy should be needed reading in schools. Liu is the first author I'm aware of to reach the heights of Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. In fact I think he's better than Clarke and gives Asimov a run for his u's take on the Fermi Paradox in this series, particularly the second book, is so consequential that it makes his detours into discussions of euthanasia seem almost frivolous in comparison. He has probably invented an entirely fresh field of study in these novels. (He calls it Cosmic Sociology.) Along the method he dispatches themes like gender identity; loyalty; the relationship between being a sentient/intelligent species and being a culture or a people; the relationship between totalitarianism and democracy in times of crisis; the meaning of culture; the potential soul of atheism; nationalism; the hypocrisy of famous demands; the burdens of leadership; the relative importance of the environment; kid rearing; the tugs of battle between love and duty; death vs. living forever; faith in the future; and a bunch of others as if they were mere footnotes in the grand scheme of [email protected]#$%!&?ing you with revelatory meditations in almost every chapter.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    It's hard to know where to start talking about The Three-Body Problem trilogy (officially known as the Remembrance of Earth's Past series), a truly staggering piece of science-fiction written by Chinese author Cixin Liu and translated to English by Ken Liu and Joel Martinsen (Liu did books 1 and 3, while Martinsen did 2). A trilogy that spans literally thousands of years, with quantum physics, android game theory, sociology, religion, zone exploration, zone colonization, and more, all driven by the nature of first contact with alien intelligence - there's a lot going on in this series, and that's before you begin realizing just how much Cixin (reminder: Chinese names are traditionally written with the family name first and the given name second) truly takes on the advanced science of his ideas. And yet, when you [email protected]#$%!, you realize that you've read something truly wonderful - a piece of hard science-fiction whose ambition, scope, richness, and ideas are impossible not to search yourself thinking about for days afterward.Once you read The Dark Forest, the series' second volume, Cixin's ambition for this saga starts to come into focus. The question of first contact is settled, and the nature of the alien's approach is known: this is to be a takeover of our planet. But how can we with a race so much more advanced than our own, constant surveillance by extra-dimensional forces, and fractured elements of humanity working versus us?If The Three-Body Issue was a first contact novel done as hard science-fiction, The Dark Forest is an alien invasion novel, albeit one in which the actual invasion is still many, a lot of years away. It's the first time Cixin starts using hibernation to leap through decades and even centuries, spanning large chunks of time as humanity changes and evolves in the face of an arrival which will change everything. As humanity struggles to search ways to either defend itself or present that it means no harm, the race has to with its own fears of inevitable conquer or a desire to retreat from the only planet we've ever 's not as if The Three-Body Issue wasn't already ambitious, but The Dark Forest is on a whole other level, dealing with interplanetary fleets, lightspeed travel, quantum computing, and more, watching as they evolve over large swaths of time. But more than that, the novel is a deeply philosophical one, discussing the nature of life in the universe, questions about human nature and how we react in the face of threats, how we work together (or not), and android game theory in how we test to handle uncertain intentions in allies and foes alike. Indeed, the central metaphor that gives the book its title (which doesn't arrive until near the novel's end) is a stunning one that helps you understand that what Cixin is writing about isn't just this particular alien invasion, but about the nature of all life in the universe and how we attempt to define ourselves in the face of at Cixin does this while, again, mixing in such a compelling story (focusing especially on the "Wallfacers", a little group of people tasked with covertly planning humanity's resistance versus the invasion) is nothing short of remarkable. The Dark Forest builds beautifully off of the questions and ideas raised in The Three-Body Problem, but turns them into something else entirely, changing the questions from "how do we initially react" to "how would we redefine ourselves in the face of such news". Far from suffering from any sort of "middle book syndrome," The Dark Forest is incredible, engaging with wonderful concepts but never neglecting the human characters that anchor its heavy scope nor the ticking clock at its story's explain this series is a difficult challenge, to place it mildly. This is a series that spans a large amount of time, with advanced scientific concepts in complex terms, grapples with rich philosophical and political ideas, debates questions without simple answers, and gives you a scope that can be daunting. It's a story of alien invasions, yes, but one in which the action sequences we're so used to are replaced with existential dread, a rethinking of our own lives, and a fear of the unknown that's hard to quantify. It's also the story of people caught up in these times, trying to give themselves a amazing life while never forgetting the larger questions of their era, and juggling their own fears with fears for humanity. In other words, it's what hard science-fiction is amazing at - thoughtful questions, huge ideas, and speculation, all of which change the method you think about the is series is a truly wonderful achievement, one that honestly left me a bit staggered and reeling as I attempt to think about it all, but one that I love all the more for what it accomplishes. If you're a hard science-fiction fan, or simply someone who loves dealing with the complex ramifications of common ideas, this is a must read series. I've never read anything like it in my life, and I'm a richer person for the ideas it's inspired me to think about.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    This is nothing like the first book. Its characters behave like a bunch of idiots. Consider:1) they accidentally discovered a method to manipulate people’s beliefs and the UN decided to approve development and deployment to support people believe in wining. That is all. And not one member argued about the potential for stealing this crazy risky device or abusing it. Surprise surprise: 5 out of 6 devices and associated super super computers were stolen and abused.2) an unknown probe gets into the solar system and the whole zone fleet goes to intercept it. The whole fleet. No zone ship left behind, none was being repaired or was on any other duty. Every single ship went into a single put at the same time and very close to each other. To see what the one unknown probe was about. When the attack started it took them two mins to wake up from the shock. No plan n it obtain any dumber than that? Apparently yes. People panicked at the power of the invaders. Not about the stupidity of their is a amazing thing I didn’t the 3rd book of the series in be fair, even in the 1st book plot holes had started to form and should have send warnings signs

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    I'm about 25% into the book. I doubt I'll [email protected]#$%!. I have a Ph.D. in Physics, and my graduate program had a powerful Particle Physics department (though I specialized elsewhere). The author shows a startling lack of understanding of what motivates Physicists and how they think, to a point where the book is ruined for ere is also rather ... amateur hour writing, which may be due to the translator.Spoiler version:In the book plot, the invariance of physics under translations in time and zone has been proved to be wrong at higher energies, and because of this "There is no Physics" and scientists have started killing themselves due to despair. This is the true world, Particle Physics has gotten rather boring and predictable. Short of some absurd theoretical results at energies that we can't try experimentally, the Standard Model has tremendous explanatory power and has explained all experiments and predicted fresh results correctly. CERN discovered the Higgs, as expected, but has brought out no fresh Physics, thus far. This is disappointing. Much, much more exciting would be a field breaking result, (such as a new, previously unknown, variance of Physics in time and zone at higher energies). Particle Physics would be fun milarly, when Wang Miao starts seeing a countdown, instead of jumping to the most likely conclusion (that he is becoming mental ill, and needs outside, non-biased verification of what he is seeing) or that he is receiving messages from some outside intelligence, he starts to go crazy in a very over the top and amateurishly written way.

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    If life were just, I would be in a perfectly repeating time loop whereupon finishing Death's End, I return to right before I read the Three Body Issue Trilogy for the first time. I rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, and am trapped in the most luminous imaginings until further notice.I've read everything, written about much of it, taken more degrees than are worth it, rubbed elbows with cultures, legendary leaders, scholars, and thinkers, peoples diverse and fascinating...and then I have read this trilogy of a lot of wonderful sagas enrich our global library; however, without the Three Body Trilogy, something would be missing from my life that could not quite be fixed, not quite replaced by anything else. This makes me sound obsessive or unwell in some fashion, but that's not it: even Obama was challenged by how to pin down just how extraordinary this trilogy is when he described it as "wildly imaginative."All I can say is, read it. Now. Obtain to it. You won't regret reading it. You'll regret not having read it sooner. And then you'll regret that you can't have the lovely experience of encountering it for the first time again.

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    I don't know if it was the translation or the natural flow of the author, but there were substantial portions of this story that seemed utterly lacking in depth ... the book is riddled with vague and bland descriptions of scenes and actions of characters that created small sense, trite descriptions lacking in color or flavor ... for example there would be passages like "he parked his vehicle and walked to the apartment" ... no descriptions of the scenery around him, no atmosphere, no sounds, no internal monolog to tell us what the hero was thinking, just a plain and easy sentence describing a plain and easy action without any environmental scene-setting or any other literary tool to paint a picture for the reader. Perhaps its an aspect of how various Chinese cultural expectations are from ours. Anyhow ... the entire story seemed rather silly to me ... and after seeing all those 4 and 5 star reviews gushing about how intense and deep this story was ... I'm thinking those reviewers must have only ever been exposed to Dr Seuss stories before if they found this book to be deep. It is not deep. It is not masterful. It is not mind-blowing or eye-opening or any of the other superlatives and hyperbolic praise phrases that some reader/reviewers have posted. It's not a poor story, but it is definitely not anywhere near the realm of the hard-science fiction masters ... compared to Asher and Corey and Douglas, this is YA territory.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    It's hard to know where to start talking about The Three-Body Problem trilogy (officially known as the Remembrance of Earth's Past series), a truly staggering piece of science-fiction written by Chinese author Cixin Liu and translated to English by Ken Liu and Joel Martinsen (Liu did books 1 and 3, while Martinsen did 2). A trilogy that spans literally thousands of years, with quantum physics, android game theory, sociology, religion, zone exploration, zone colonization, and more, all driven by the nature of first contact with alien intelligence - there's a lot going on in this series, and that's before you begin realizing just how much Cixin (reminder: Chinese names are traditionally written with the family name first and the given name second) truly takes on the advanced science of his ideas. And yet, when you [email protected]#$%!, you realize that you've read something truly wonderful - a piece of hard science-fiction whose ambition, scope, richness, and ideas are impossible not to search yourself thinking about for days ath's End, the series' final volume, feels like yet another shift in the series, just as The Dark Forest was a shift from The Three-Body Problem. Because if the first two volumes were about how we come to terms with the fact that we're not alone in the universe, the final volume is about what it's like to realize that you - and every other civilization that's ever lived - are limited in your time, and might one day have no choice but to end?Once again using the previous book as a launching point, Death's End takes on the uneasy stalemate we were left with, but watches as things shift quickly out of control in the exact method the end of The Dark Forest feared they might. Just like the others, Death's End is undeniably the final part of this saga, but it feels like its own book, giving us another fresh central hero and a very various tone, one that finds itself wondering which is more important: survival or morality? And as usual, Cixin doesn't believe in simple answers.Spanning even more time than the other books, Death's End unfolds on an epic scale, as humanity tries to search a method to prevent itself from being viewed as a threat by the rest of the galaxy. But is the sacrifice worth it - in other words, is safety so necessary that we should cripple ourselves as a race? Do we escape and leave our planet behind, setting out as nomads across the galaxy? Or do we test to intimidate others, showing that we're not to be messed with? Death's End deals with these questions as it has in the other novels, diving into the science, the android game theory, and the objections, and giving readers the sense that sometimes, there are no simple answers to be deed, what's so compelling about Death's End is the main character, who takes choices that so often feel like the wrong ones for a situation - I often found myself almost screaming at her for being wrong...and yet, you understand why she's doing them, and can almost agree. Where do we draw the line between survival and being a monster? What's acceptable to do in to save ourselves? And does it truly matter, on a huge enough time scale?Over the course of Death's End, Cixin draws all of the series' different threads into focus thematically, making it clear that this is a series about recontextualizing our put in the universe and how we would react to that. But he's done so, once again, by focusing on a little group of characters, advanced and thoughtful explorations of science and philosophy, and a story that's engrossing on both the macro and micro level. And while the series comes to an appropriately complex, epic ending, I love how even to the end, Cixin makes it equally about the larger questions and about these characters and the choices they have to create - and their own emotional stakes as explain this series is a difficult challenge, to place it mildly. This is a series that spans a large amount of time, with advanced scientific concepts in complex terms, grapples with rich philosophical and political ideas, debates questions without simple answers, and gives you a scope that can be daunting. It's a story of alien invasions, yes, but one in which the action sequences we're so used to are replaced with existential dread, a rethinking of our own lives, and a fear of the unknown that's hard to quantify. It's also the story of people caught up in these times, trying to give themselves a amazing life while never forgetting the larger questions of their era, and juggling their own fears with fears for humanity. In other words, it's what hard science-fiction is amazing at - thoughtful questions, huge ideas, and speculation, all of which change the method you think about the is series is a truly wonderful achievement, one that honestly left me a bit staggered and reeling as I attempt to think about it all, but one that I love all the more for what it accomplishes. If you're a hard science-fiction fan, or simply someone who loves dealing with the complex ramifications of common ideas, this is a must read series. I've never read anything like it in my life, and I'm a richer person for the ideas it's inspired me to think about.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    One of the best SF ever, it plots a universe that is outside of the realm of my imagination. After reading the second book in this trilogy, I began to worry about the future of earth in the dark universe, what would happen if the position is exposed to aliens? The dark forest gives a reasonable respond to the Fermi paradox, a cruel but relatively quiet universe; but here the author presents the universe in a more dark way, the one that I hope is not true: the universe is crueler than a forest, it is a battlefield, and the opponents are not waiting for us to present up, they are there looking for us. The advanced alien civilizations have no willing to support other civilizations with lower levels of science and technology; they only wish to destroy these exposed civilizations to avoid any potential risks. After reading the death’s end, I now start to worry about the Arecibo message…This book is not only full of ideas, but talks about love, responsibility, choice, and humanity. I like this book so much though it depicts a cruel ending. The hopeless feeling is not good, but I think this feeling in reading is the value of this book as a science fiction, after all, it is only a story, which demonstrates the worst case; and the future of the earth, I believe, will be much brighter if we could learn something from the book. In the end, I would like to quote the author’s aphorism, the one I like most (Page 497):“Weakness and ignorance are not barriers to survival, but arrogance is.”

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    Plenty has been written about the extraordinary imaginativeness and story-telling prowess of Liu Cixin in this thought-provoking book. Having just finished the trilogy after just over a week of obsessive reading, I’ll share a few thoughts as a means of decompressing from this harrowing epic.I read the first two volumes in Chinese and the third in English, mainly because it became too labored an effort to read the transliterated foreign proper nouns and technical words in Chinese (for me, anyway), and I can attest to the quality of the translation and its loyalty to the original. It felt as if I read all three books seamlessly in the same language. Although certain things are inevitably lost in translation, Ken Liu, as an accomplished writer himself, certainly compensated for the loss with innovations of his own. My only complaint has to do with certain word choices. For example, pinnace and dinghy are perhaps neither familiar to most readers nor appropriate terms for astronautic vehicles, and at times certain passages are unnecessarily grandiloquent while at others overly casual when exploring scientific and philosophical concepts. I was especially dismayed that the end of a fairy tale in the story opted for a word-for-word translation instead of “and they lived happily ever after,” despite that’s exactly what the source material means, and it was the only moment that I felt like I was reading a is necessary to point out that although the three books complete the same story arc in a mostly chronological order, they involve very various scale, scope, and more importantly, themes. Emotionally, each book is fully resolved at the end. In this regard, the first book, though a thorough page turner and champion of the Hugo Award, perhaps has the least depth of the major theme of the first book is certainly the existential crisis that can arise out of either failure to grasp reality or loss of faith in humanity, and the second book inverts that theme to become the humanity’s shifting beliefs in reality and faith when faced with a crisis of existence. Death’s End, on the other hand, annihilates any notion that we may have of both crisis and mantic love evolves along with the installments. The Three Body Issue has a cynical notion of love, and the stories of different marriages are marked by betrayal, indifference, and lovelessness. In Dark Forest, love is an ideal that ultimately proves to be an illusion. In Death’s End, love is concrete with cosmic consequences, yet at the same times becomes the most elusive and utterly e narrative structure of Death’s End is also various compared to the previous two books. It doesn’t have the air of mystery of The Three Body Issue that is imposed by an unknown entity, or the intentional concealment of Dark Forest that plays smoothly into the Wallfacer Project. Instead, the story unfolds in a straightforward manner, but every decision created has far reaching consequences that you may not see for hundreds of pages, which in turn are foretold by min info before they are revealed. There is one subtle but brilliant point a third into the book where the Trisolaran emissary sadistically admonishes the forlorn protagonist that the universe is not a fairy tale. It may seem like a mundane cliché by a cartoonish villain, but this point ties together the entire e latest installment, like the previous two, pays ample homage to other works of science fiction, sometimes covertly. It is interesting, however, that Liu also subverts elements from his prior stories in the trilogy. Similarly, Ball Lightening, of which a weaponized ver is mentioned repeatedly in the second book, is an earlier eponymous novel of his. Three short stories come to mind: The Wandering Earth, The Rural Teacher, and a third one that may reveal too much plot by its title alone. The Wandering Earth tells the story of a human society that tries to escape the Sun that is shifting out of main sequence unexpectedly early by making Earth itself into a giant spaceship in to fly to, ironically, Alpha Centauri, the Trisolaran home world. A specific object that appeared in The Wandering Earth is mentioned twice in Death's End, and becomes a strong symbol at the very end of the novel. The Rural Teacher also with a fertile universe and the destruction of stellar systems, but unlike the Dark Forest, that universe is much more benevolent toward ven the limited scope of the first book and the impeded scientific progress in the second, Death’s End is the only part of the trilogy to expansively discover frontier scientific ideas. The scientific foundations of the book are mostly solid and airtight, even when it feels dubious as observed by characters. Artistic licenses are only taken when it involves speculations far beyond even the frontiers of our current scientific understanding. However, one problematic aspect has to do with traveling and manipulating objects in four-dimensional space, as the novel implies that distance in 3D zone can be shortened by traveling in the fourth dimension, which is incompatible with orthogonality of dimensions in the Euclidean part of space-time, and there is no metric shortening of the lower-dimensional distance by traveling in any direction in the higher-dimensional space. Of course, it is certainly possible that the local geometry of said fictional zone is e author does a superb job confounding the philosophical center of the books with a very comprehensive treatment of the various beliefs in science, society, politics, religion, gender, human nature, life, etc., both through an interspersed objective omniscient narrator and through the subjective thoughts of opaque characters. Indeed, there is no real villainy in the trilogy, even when we’re dealing with genocidal alien invaders and mundicidal star destroyers. However, there remains a palpable degree of ethnocentrism and, more problematically, androcentrism that belies the author's ambitious huge picture of cosmic proportions. Though the male gaze is prevalent in the first and second books, it nonetheless reflects the inner worlds of the male protagonists, if not the author himself, from an exceedingly patriarchal society. Yet what Liu perceives to be the difference between “masculine” and “feminine” values cannot be reconciled even at cosmic scales, despite the author’s clear intention to absolve and diminish all sins, aggression and weakness alike, in the grand schemes of the Dark Forest universe. It is disappointing, but y critics think that Death’s End is the best of the trilogy, including the translator. I disagree. Liu has written three entirely special books out of the same story, one may even argue that they’re written in three various genres, and each succeeds and excels on its own equal footing. Nonetheless, Death’s End is the grandest, and it will blow your mind.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    I'm a hardcore sci-fi fan and this series, especially this finale, is without compare. I'm sitting here trying to think of anything to compare it to but there's really nothing. Everything you expect after reading the first books gets thrown out the window by the second, and it only continues into this one. There were few points in this series where I felt at all confident in any predictions I was making, and I was right to feel that method because I was almost always wrong. The deep physics in this series will please the more scientific readers, but this is a deeply human story. It's poignant and heart-wrenching and everything science fiction should be. I doubt I'll ever read anything that will impact me in the same method this series did.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    OK, OK. So I have to begin this out by saying that at the outset, I wasn't quite feeling the same intense level of infatuation that I did with the first book, Three Body Problem. The narrative seemed fickle, flitting from one thing to another, and some of the speculative items admittedly flew method over my head. I didn't quite have the same connection with the characters as I did in the first book, even those who were actually IN the first book.But, man. This story is a slow burn. The happenings plod ever forward, sometimes in ways that don't create much sense, but it's all part of the journey, and the endpoint, when it comes, is IMMENSELY satisfying as a ick with this one. The first part was slow going for me, and the latest hundred pages were the best, culminating in the ending. It's an awesome journey and when everything finally comes together, it's like an emotional sucker-punch, but in a amazing u Cixin's writing transcends science fiction. It's highly inspirational and absolutely rewarding to read and experience. I can't WAIT to see what the third book in the trilogy brings.We leave the future Earth of this story in a very certain tone and frame of mind...I wonder if it will last. Whatever comes next, it's going to be avo, Mr. Liu. Bravo.

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    I was on the fence about this book for a couple of years but I finally took the plunge and am extremely satisfied that I did! The reviews seemed to be a bit of a mixed bag and I saw some people suggest that it lacked interesting characters. Having read this book as well as its two sequels I can firmly say that this is not the case. There are several compelling and interesting characters in this book.Above all else the plot, world-building and pacing of the book are completely top notch. To have a hard sci-fi book that is not about zone marines and laser guns but still manages to be a page-turner that you can't place down is an awesome achievement! This book represents the best in science fiction. It's about huge ideas and examining possibilities. I refuse to discuss the plot but if you have an interest in science and technology and love the hard sci-fi genre, stop reading this review and the book immediately!I will provide one disclaimer. If you have no interest in science whatsoever or just lack an aptitude or understanding of it, this book series may not be for you. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to have fun this book but you probably will need to have at least a baseline understanding of some primary scientific principals and/or a willingness to google some stuff.Anyway, obtain it!!

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    This is the most impactful sci-fi series I've ever read. What I mean by that, is that this series has permanently changed: the method I look at the stars, the method I perceive time, the method I think about life, the method I think about SETI, the method I think about the meaning of life, the method I think about human beings' put in the universe, the method I view technology, is series well and truly "blew my mind away". This isn't a page0-turning zone opera adventure kind of story. The story is interesting and good, and there is most definitely some drama and entertainment - and the writing is perfect (translation to English is superb). But the main thing for me about this series is that it educated me about physics and really created me look at EVERYTHING through a fresh lens. The ideas in this book I had never encountered before - and I am a voracious reader. I found this series to be totally original and mind-blowing. There were time where I simply required to place it down after reading only a short time, in to simply ponder the ideas presented. I've never had quite an experience like this with a book.Highly recommend this series. And, create sure you read all three, because each one is better than the last. The latest book of the series was my favorite and just absolutely melted my brain. I mean, to the degree where I am questioning my own reality. Yes, it is that good. Really, a mind and perception altering experience.

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    I only got about 1/3 of the method through this one. I really gave it my best effort, but the insane story line contrivances, non-stop fresh characters, constant stage changes across various epochs, all created it impossible to follow. I finally gave up when I realized there was really nothing holding all this jumble together. The story is just one divergence after another. When it wasn't putting me to sleep, I was drained trying to piece it together. Finally, I just gave up and place in in the "done" shelf.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    One of the most difficult things about "hard science" SF is that a lot of of the unique, ground-breaking physics ideas have been explored by prior writers, futurists and/or real-world theoretical physicists. Clearly, this trilogy includes echoes and whispers from all three groups. But it also includes a new set of physical theories that keep together within the context of the author-built universe. FTL travel and effects, characteristics of dimension changes, "physics as a weapon" are only a e trilogy was not without it's problems, however. The characters, for the most part, were weakly developed and one-dimensional. The latest female protagonist would not be my first choice to carry forward our genotype and clearly she doesn't exhibit anything close to the heroic qualities that a lot of of us admire. We might have done better with a e physics hung together, for the most part. However, I was promised (by Chinese readers) a resolution of the physics supporting perpendicular vector changes for the "teardrop" in novel 3. It wasn't there. There were other physical phenomena mentioned, then quickly glossed over. I mention this only to allow the readers of this review know that, while this was a amazing novel, it wasn't perfect. It has holes. Whether that is necessary to you or not, you may judge for initial thoughts after reading the book is that it has successfully accomplished what most authors strive for: a change in the readers' perceptions of the external globe and a reconsideration of the belief constructs of the readers' inner worlds. I would have to say that Remembrance, is the best hard science fiction trilogy that I've read in the latest 30 years from a science perspective, with Book 3 being the best of the lot.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    When I learned Mr. Liu was writing a third installment to the "Three Body Problem" story, I was worried that the effect would suffer from "sequel syndrome": a publisher / fans pressuring the author to "make it a trilogy" with a disappointing third book, despite the tale having ended in a totally satisfying method with book two. I'm delighted to report I was absolutely wrong, and that I enjoyed "Death's End" as much as, if not more than, "The Dark Forest" -- an extremely tough act to follow. It's all hard sci-fi, but unlike anything else in the genre I have read: not only are the characters and scope of the story original and hard to forget, but Liu's inventive storytelling style turns the physics itself into one of the most fascinating players in the story. There is plenty of meat to this story, and I'm now thoroughly enjoying a second read-through, as Liu has (purposefully?) written in a lot of info which are only fully understandable later in the story (what does the opening tale about the witch in Constantinople have to do with anything? what does the fairy tale about the princess and the paintings mean? and what really drove Yang Dong in book one to suicide, anyway...) As in Dark Forest, there's a chess-game like struggle with the Trisolarans, complete with human protagonists who create tough ethical choices, sometimes resolved in ways that surprise the Western reader. Multiple universes, dark matter, lightspeed travel, coolest use of the planet Pluto, plus easily the coolest weapon of mass destruction I've seen in all of sci-fi. I don't think a book 4 is possible, but at this point, I wouldn't place it past Mr. Liu. Bravo!

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    I have been reading science fiction for over forty years. I think I have had a broad exposure to all forms of the genre during that period. After a brief hiatus, several years ago I dove back in; focusing on some of the newer authors, and have been very happy with most of my selections. I test to read most of the Hugo and Nebula Award winners, and having done so, I think I have a beautiful amazing idea of what makes outstanding science fiction.With all of that said, I feel strongly that The Dark Forest may be the best work of science fiction I have ever experienced. I read the English translation of Cixin Liu’s Chinese science fiction novel, The Three Body Problem. I thought that it was very good, but not excellent. I was sufficiently intrigued to proceed on to the second novel of the trilogy, The Dark Forest, and I am eternally grateful that I did. I am just floored by how amazing this novel is, on so a lot of levels.I have read so a lot of science fiction novels that are small more than spaceships and aliens, with not good underlying stories or hero development. The Dark Forest is an outstanding piece of literature, above and beyond its label as a work of science fiction. It has very thoughtful themes, touching on philosophy, anthropology, sociology and psychology. The advanced technology and elements of hard science fiction are outstanding, second to none. The underlying story is absolutely captivating, as are the the conclusion of the Three Body Problem, we are left with an alien race, the Trisolarans, who have embarked on a four hundred year long trip across the galaxy, ostensibly to defeat and inhabit the Earth. Through use of their advanced technology, they have arrested the technological development of the human race and are able to eavesdrop on every aspect of life on Earth. Faced with this scenario, how does the human race respond? As the years pass and various generations are tasked with coming up with tactics to face the threat, the author continues, time and again, to impress with his vision and the elements of human psychology and philosophy that he st impressive to me is the author’s ability to with these philosophical and technological themes in such a method that the reader can easily follow and appreciate. To me, he walks the excellent line between being intellectually challenging, yet approachable (unlike some of Frank Herbert’s work, which was more than I could handle).So, if you have read The Three Body Issue and are trying to decide whether to proceed on to this second installment, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to do so. If you have not read the Three Body Problem, I urge you to do so, with the knowledge that the follow up book will be worth the effort. The Dark Forest wraps up very nicely and could easily be the end of the story; however this is a trilogy, so I will gladly continue to the final chapter, hoping not to be disappointed. The Dark Forest is a terribly difficult act to follow.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    As an avid reader of sci-fi, it was refreshing to read the Remembrance of Earth's Past series. It's inventive, well-written series so and Liu is a master at keeping enough info from you to hold you guessing what everyone is thinking. If you like realistic explanations of alien technology then this is your book. It's not like you reading an astrophysics textbook but it's not Star Battles either. Liu aims right for the sweet spot for believable sci-fi.I'll admit, I was a small skeptical about the sequel because I didn't know if it would be able to top the unbelievable Three Body Problem. Dark Forest dragged a bit in the beginning and I feared that he wouldn't be able to top the first novel. But the story keeps building and building until the second half of the book where all the ideas really come together. You can feel the pressure humanity is under to survive or have fun their days as the timer counts down to the doomsday battle. And it's so fun and exciting to see a character's plan to come through as they make their own fate only to be place in a tougher u moves into the future with this book. Unlike the previous book, Liu takes the story into the future. Three Body spent quite a bit of time in revolutionary China and was one of the fascinating aspects of the story. I like that I got a small cultural lesson as I read. There is less of that in the sequel.We have a character but he isn't our focus. We are given an assortment of characters to root for or against. They aren't the most developed characters I've read but I didn't search myself caring too much about that the globe itself is the main hero here. I even found myself empathizing with the Trisolarans, they have their rational reasons for wanting to exterminate humanity. Who's to say we wouldn't do the same if we were in their position?. I'm not leaving any spoilers ere are no boogeymen in this universe unless you're talking about the other hunters in the dark forest. You're going to have to read the book figure this one 's great, read ve Stars!

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    After slogging though far too much science narrative while finding virtually nonexistent hero development, I had to laugh when I read that the author started life as an engineer. I finally started skipping the science to search some plot development, sort of like skipping the cetology when reading Moby @#$%. Despite these criticisms, Liu has made realms that can expand any willing imagination. But the book would benefit from an editor with a machete, to cut through the technical kudzu.

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    Much of what other "one star" criticisms say is true. Flat characters. Simplistic writing. The lack of plot sense is the worst disaster. Sometimes at the end of a spy thriller or mystery movie, we forgive some plot gaps for the characters or action sequences or ambience. Here there is small reason to forgive. I plowed through to the end and a few mysteries finally became clear, but there were too a lot of retrospective, "Hey, that didn't create any sense." moments. I am an old hand at science fiction, multiple timelines and plot threads coming together at the latest moment. SO, I doubt I "just didn't obtain it". It was mildly interesting to see some Chinese point of view on Mao's Cultural Revolution, which factors in. I didn't walk away thinking "Hmm, the Chinese take a very various approach to science fiction" though. Can't see how this even got nominated for any awards unless it was sheer political correctness.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    Death’s End. The title of the final installment gives away what is coming, but whose death? You need to travel an unimaginably long and jaw-dropping journey to search out who/what ceased to exist. Mr. Liu Cixin – or “Big Liu”, a fond nickname invented by his fans in China – now is not only the best sci-fi writer from China, but also one of the best on member how far we have come from? The whole story started in around 1960s as China went through a horrible period of political turmoil. When senseless mobs beat a small girl’s father to death in public, her faith in humanity was shaken and lost. Her solution was to seek support from species of other planets, thus changing the course of humanity. As a effect numerous lives were lost in the ensuing wars and conflicts. But two unlikely heroes came to rescue – Mr. Luo Ji devised a method to blackmail and diffuse the Trisolarian invasion, and Mr. Zhang Beihai managed to save and plant a human seed far away from the Earth.Did both tactics work? The Death’s End provides the final answer. The main hero of the third book is another woman (Ms. Cheng Xin). She is intelligent but weak, and the choice she created in this book will be long debated among the Three-Body fans. But does it really matter at the end? It appears that, regardless of her choice, the fate of humanity was inevitably sealed. I will say this, that two women, Ye Wenjie in book one and Cheng Xin in book three, beautiful much decided the course and the ending (a feminism analysis of Huge Liu is due).There are so a lot of refreshing gems in the Death’s End that makes the book irresistible. For example, how to send a communication device to Trisolaris but the device must have minimum amount of weight and can survive long distance of zone travel? Huge Liu’s respond was plainly crazy yet sensible. For example, Huge Liu rebranded himself temporarily and inserted a long and intriguing fairytale, yes, you are reading this correctly, a fairytale about how an evil prince stealing the throne of a kingdom and a princess fighting back. Finally, a stupendous weapon called the “dual vector foil”. I don’t wish to elaborate. Let’s just say that if you are still reading my comment here, you are not affected by this weapon (yet).Besides sci-fi and fairytales, Huge Liu clearly likes to write detective stories, which are dotted throughout this book series. Book one began with a scientist trying to figure out what was wrong with his vision and who was behind all the suicides of other scientists. Book two had a massive dose of mouse-and-cat android game between wallfacers and wallbreakers. Book three involved a lot of experts (scientists, intelligence officers, and professors in literature) trying to decipher the real meaning of the fairytale. These plots will hold you guessing and add additional ly, the ending. So much happened while ions went by in the final pages. I remember a lot of people complaining about the slow pace of book one. When u reach the end of book three, u will instead suffer whiplashes. I had to turn back and go over a lot of pages again asking what the F is going and trying to create sense of what is happening. Suffice to say that it is a finish that I have never seen it before in any sci-fi literature. Probably the GRANDEST and the MOST INSANE ending of all.Go read it, and begin to marvel and tremble.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    Death’s End by Cixin Liu is a magnificent end to a magnificent trilogy. And it’s long, much longer than the other two books, but it does not drag and caps the tale with a ending that is unexpected and ultimately satisfying. In put of a western mad-dash of action and heroism. Death’s End is contemplative, thoughtful and exciting in it’s own quite e book starts off with a most unconventional love story; but don’t allow that fool you, Death’s End is, as with the other books, packed full of [email protected]#$% science and twisting waves of crisis and joy. The Dark Forest hangs massive over the Earth and forces humanity to create hard choices. Things go wrong, thing go right, but as time goes by, the chance of a Dark Forest attack grows. The people of earth create sacrifices, and more often than not, sacrifice the wrong things. Victories come and go, but as with the defeats, they are short lived and death lurks in the darkened depths of the universe. For all our history and power and brains, the people of earth are but babes in the woods, flailing and making to much noise, unaware of the creatures that live among the distant trees.Having read the trilogy straight through, I search the Ken Liu translations are my favorite, and I was surprised how various the voice was between the two translators. I think they should’ve asked Ken Liu to translate all three. But I am sure Ken had projects and deadlines of his xin Liu is a perfect story teller. And this book, much as the other books, had politics and philosophy at its heart; and like the other books, Mr. Liu leaves the answers up for debate. It was also about responsibility. Responsibility, to ones self, to ones fellow man and to the universe at large. But most of all, the book was about love. And that was the most unexpected peace of all. Behind all the science and aliens and disasters, love flowed through the pages. In some cases, it was a love that killed, and by killing saved others. In some cases, it was a love that saved, but ended up destroying. In some cases, it was a love that denied the consequences of it action and the price. Buy most of all, for me at least, it was the love life and it fragility that struck home. In a month or so, I may have to read the trilogy again; there is more there, I can feel it.If you read the first book, and were place of by the second, power through, because Death’s end is worth our time.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    Bought on Day 1 and finished on Day 3. It was a unbelievable Sci-fi reading experience from beginning right to the end. You just couldn't stop feeling surprised and stunned by those choices and decisions created by the characters all the time, regardless they matter or not. The unthinkable scope of the plot and sceneries just repeatedly stroke your imagination and nerves like forever. Twists and turns in both huge and little scale are blended into the whole logical story-line, which is so well-arranged that it turns out to be better than a mind-bending blockbuster paring with the first volume, the fresh translator localized the writing in a more "English" way, making the reading for English speakers feel like reading an original Western literature instead of an Eastern-Western translation, which may not be too amazing for "preserving" the original writing, but... there isn't too a lot of Chinese culture/history similar content in this second book more thing to add, unlike vivid human beings appear in regular full-length fictions, most characters Liu sculpted in his works look like symbols instead, which I fancy is on purpose, being probably the only "obstacle" for this book in the method of becoming a real saluter to those true Classics back in the Golden Age of Science finitely a strong Hugo/Nebular contender and a likely champion next r your own sakes, read it yourselves.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    Despite a deeply engaging premise and articulate expoloration of the philosophical aspect of first contact and the importance of fundamental physics, Dark Forest routinely trips over its own fundamntal flaw: insufficeint research and unnecessary e volume of research required for a book like this is heavy given the vastness and quantity of topics that it explores. It’s quite possible that in its current state it might never have been written if the author had attempted accuracy in all things. Chriton and Wier (The Martian) curtail the scope of their projects to their own expertise and still spent years researching before writing. Liu, instead, ventures unnecessary exposition on topics that belie the limits of his research and break the fourth wall. We don’t need to know, for instance, that the author thinks space-based telescopes would have lenses or that those lenses would be created by Zeiss (In the book much is created about the size of the Hubble II telescope but larger telescopes, especially space-based telescopes like Hubble and Keppler use mirrors instead of massive glass due to the mechanical limitations of massive refractive elements) but a small research could have turned an awkward stage into a fluid one at least. With Wier the inclusion of info like this often seems awkward and disrupts the drama of a stage but they are thoroughly researched and are often important for the reader to understand the mind of the protagonist. With Liu info like this are likewise awkward and disrupt the drama of the stage but because they’re often insufficiently researched they also undermine the credibility of the author. And yet, they continue to add up. Telescopes, zone planes, AI, bullets- old technologies are dusted off and presented as new, current technologies are presented inaccurately and emerging technologies are ignored or dismissed out of u excells at the far out, the multidimensional and the philosophical but stubmbles close to home and it makes for a herky-jerky read that’s not unlike a teenager learning to drive a stick shift.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    “We can never know about the days to comeBut we think about them anywayAnd I wonder if I'm really with you nowOr just chasin' after some finer day”Carly Simon’s 1971 song lyric beautiful well sums up Cixin Liu’s second installment of his futuristic trilogy, “Remembering Earth’s lished originally in 2008, “The Dark Forest” continues its exploration of how Earth’s citizens react to the realization they are not alone in the universe. In fact, reasonably close in astronomical terms is another more advanced civilization, TriSolar, and its intentions are this installment it is now known TriSolar has better technology and is reaching out to Earth in two ways, other than the communication links established earlier:• An advance surveillance system called “sophons” capable of inhibiting technological advances on Earth and eavesdropping on Earthling conversations (“sophons” are sort of combination of protons with nanotechnology operating in multiple dimensions as predicted by string theory and capable of exchanges with humans)• An interstellar fleet moving toward Earth but not expected to arrive for several light years (two – four centuries in the future)As might be expected, this realization with the lengthy lead time before physical contact sets in motion a dozens of reactions: defensive measures, escapist groups and submissive or defeatist groups resigned to their fates. The dominant globe is following the defensive approach while suppressing the other two groups. And the future society is living both underground in a sort of “Blade Runner 1982” globe or aboveground in a “Blade Runner 2049” st of the story goes into lengthy detail about the successes and failures of these efforts. While some characters from the first tale appear briefly, developments are largely similar from the perspectives of two characters: Luo Ji, a seemingly self-absorbed young scholar of cosmic sociology, and Zhang Beihai, a slightly older naval officer whose appearance seems to conceal much more below the veral tactics are being employed simultaneously: creation of a Zone Force (with even a passing reference to Donald Rumsfeld who probably originated the term) and the Wallbreaker Project designed to exploit a sophon vulnerability, the inability to read human minds – curious since people in the future globe wear clothes electronically displaying visual photos of their emotions. Luo Ji becomes the protagonist for the Wallbreaker approach and Zhang Beihai for the Zone ere is an intriguing meditation about how disparate civilizations in the universe (“the dark forest”) might or should react to discovering each other – sort of echoing Stephen Hawking’s cautions about interstellar contact – assuming there is a choice. As might be expected, by the end of this installment, nothing is completely resolved but left either with an unknown outcome or at a stand off. While very imaginative, getting there can seem long and at times overly a private observation, there seems to be another, perhaps deeper, reflection being place forth by the author: the enigma of death and how each of us personally handles its impact on our immediate lives. While “The Dark Forest” is an entertaining tale about the possibilities of zone exploration and interstellar contact, it really goes deeper into the unknown than at first rhaps Carly Simon’s lyrics had it right:“And tomorrow we might not be togetherI'm no prophet and I don't know nature's waysSo I'll test and see into your eyes right nowAnd stay right here 'cause these are the amazing old days”(For those interested in other authors using some related concepts here are sources with permalinks to my Amazon reviews:• For extreme nanotechnology, William Hertling’s 2015 science fiction work, “The Turing Exception”: For zone elevators, William Forstchen’s 2014 science fiction novel, “Pillar to the Sky”: For discussion of current limitations to colonizing space, Michio Kaku’s 2018 work, “The Future of Humanity”:

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    How in the globe did this book average 4+ stars? My apologies, but I can’t tell you because I apparently read something completely various from everyone else!Absolutely zero hero development, I mean nothing! Just flat personalities all-round. In fact, I couldn’t start to emphasise the two-dimensionalism show in this book even if I was blessed with the eloquence of a Joyce or Shakespeare.Oh, and it might be amazing to have at least a PhD - no, that is a bit much, create it a Masters in physics - because the amount of academic regurgitation is borderline criminal!And what the hell is this video android game plot all about...are you kidding me?!? Dehydration!?? Utter-Rancid-Rotting-Garbage!!!To leave my sardonic humour aside for a second, perhaps it really did not translate well from Chinese...similar to how Crazy Rich Asians (also garbage, but entertaining garbage!) was hugely profitable in the US, but an absolute bomb at China’s Box Office.I’m so alone...someone please support me...please explain how I was led astray by so many?!

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    The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 1) []  2019-12-19 19:10

    It's impossible to rate this book on it's own since it's part of a stunning trilogy, and the quality of this book only really shines in the context of the whole. Cixin gets very technical in parts, and descriptions of physics can go on, and on. For that reason, I am glad that I had an audiobook for this one. I'm an academic, and already do a lot of reading, and some sections would begin to feel more like work than relaxation. Still, I might have drifted off a small here and there during the most intense technical descriptions, but still enough attention to learn a bit about the speed of light, black holes and various dimensions.I also place the series down in the middle of the second book when I realized that there was not a single female hero left that was a significant part of the narrative. But, I came back to it eventually, and I'm so glad I did. As it turns out, the 3rd book is largely from a feminine point of view, and thinking back, I'm beautiful sure that Cixin was intentionally emphasizing a masculine point of view in the second book.Otherwise, the wonderful scope of this book and the sheer audacity of even trying to tell this the story Cixin tells is breathtaking. It even has the quality of a fairy tale, but not a modern Disney version, more like the old dark folk tales of the past. Cixin waxes and wanes from optimism and despair, destruction and renewal and yin and yang throughout. As with life, there is no fairy tale ending, the story just ends when it ends.I'm going to be thinking about this story for a lot of years to come.

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    With its completion with Death’s End, I can now say that the Remembrance of Earth’s Past is my all-time favorite science fiction series (says the noob of a sci fi fan). It opens just like you would expect the final volume of an insanely ambitious hard science fiction series to open, with a magician offering to support the emperor prevent the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. Wait, what? This has never been a series interested in hewing to convention. And so we obtain a story spanning a few million years (specifically, 1453 – 18906416).“Once, ancient Romans had whistled in their grand, magnificent baths, thinking that their empire, like the granite that created up the walls of the pools in which they floated, would latest forever. No banquet was eternal. Everything had an end. Everything.”(SPOILERS for the first two books in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series below.)Did I say that Death’s End is insanely ambitious? It purports to encompass most of the history of humanity, and of the universe, within its scope. And, indeed, all things must end. But nor is “life . . . nothing but a fragile, thin, shell clinging to the surface of this planet.” As another work of science fiction place it, “Life finds a way.”After a prologue that is bizarre and kind of amazing and strictly not necessary, and a brief interlude with Yang Dong shortly before she commits suicide, the story proper opens shortly after the Trisolaris invasion fleet becomes public knowledge (the Crisis Era). Yun Tianming is a sad sack, a loner, an entirely undistinguished scientist. But the thread of his life has the possibility to play a greater role in the pattern of human history when it comes back into contact with his college crush, Cheng Tianming is a bit of a head fake. Cheng Xin is not only Death’s End protagonist, but is far more central to the story, heck, to the entire series, than any of the characters from the first two books. Cheng Xin is, in at least one way, the best protagonist in the series. That is, she is the most memorable. Not the best, but she is the easiest to hold distinct in your mind as a character. Or at least that was my experience. She is no Luo Ji, though. The Trisolarans are right—Luo Ji is a mighty warrior. We do see Luo Ji again, but Cheng Xin’s story dominates the book in a method that Wang Miao and Luo Ji never e Wallfacer project isn’t the UN’s only response to the Trisolarans. Cheng Xin becomes a part of the parallel Staircase Program. The Staircase Program ultimately settles on a truly science fictional idea—using nuclear pulse propulsion to send a frozen brain light years through space.“At the same time, in Russia and China, Topol and Deongfeng missiles were also rising in the sky. The stage resembled a doomsday scenario, but Cheng Xin could tell by the curvature of the rocket trails that these were orbital launches instead of intercontinental strikes. These devices, which could have killed billions, would never return to the surface of the Earth. They would pool their enormous power to accelerate a feather to 1 percent of the speed of light.”We’re not going to spend the entire book stuck back in the Crisis Era, though. The same hibernation Luo Ji took advantage of in The Dark Forest is available to Cheng Xin, and she makes amazing use of it. When she first reawakens, Luo Ji singlehandedly holds the Trisolarans at bay as Swordholder. He wields Dark Forest deterrence.Ok, now this is REALLY SPOILER location for The Dark Forest. In The Dark Forest, humans discovered why the universe is so quiet. Given an infinite number of stars, there are infinite habitable planets, infinite civilizations, infinite supercivilizations, and infinite supercivilizations that view any smart life as a potential threat. And if you’re a supercivilization, you don’t need to build a system the size of a little moon to destroy a planet.“‘Dark forest attacks all share two qualities: one, they’re casual, two they’re economical.’ ‘Elaborate, please.’ ‘These attacks are not part of some interstellar war, but a matter of conveniently eliminating possible threats. By “casual,” what I mean is that the only basis for the attack is the exposure of the target’s location. There will be no reconnaissance or exploration conducted versus the target beforehand. For a supercivilization, such exploration is more expensive than a blind strike. By “economical,” what I mean is that the attack will employ the least expensive method: using a small, worthless projectile to trigger the destructive potential already show in the target star system.’”At least now we know what happened to the Moon in Seveneves.If that doesn’t sound poor enough, things obtain ath’s End continues and expands on the best aspect of The Dark Forest—balls-to-the-wall crazy science, and lots of it. There are large zone cities. “[A] regular cylinder that stimulated gravity with the centrifugal force generated by spinning. With a length of seven kilometers, its useable interior surface zone was 659 square kilometers, about half the sizes of ancient Beijing. Once, about twenty million inhabitants had lived here.” There are a few dozen more, like that or not. There is light speed travel. Well, near-light speed travel—“If there really were a Creator, the only thing he welded shut in all Creation was the speed of light.” And then there are antimatter weapons, artificial black holes, multiple dimensions, a circumsolar particle accelerator, and, for lack of a better word, vacuoles.But the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series has always been science fiction with a capital SCIENCE. Not only does Death’s End have a more relatable protagonist. It has, by a fair margin, the best writing of the series, especially the pacing and plotting. Liu (The Lius?) can throw out a hell of a wham line. “Tianming, did you know that the euthanasia law was passed specifically for you?”By the way, the Trisolarans create amazing villains (I’m not so sure they qualify as antagonists; the antagonist is more often physics and humanity’s current understanding of it.) They aren’t wantonly cruel, but they give as small thought to humanity’s pain as the wolf gives that of the sheep. One trend in modern villainy I’ve really come to search annoying is the poor guy going out of his method to present just how EVUL he is. Think Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham killing Guy of Gisbourne for small to no reason. In reality, even despots need allies. Apropos, I just finished reading a biography of King John. He had a distinct tendency toward cruelty, and it created him a weak king. Tywin Lannister wouldn’t have been the most feared man in England, he would have been the most hated, and it would have cost him power. One of the high marks for Amazon’s Sneaky Pete is that the poor guy played by Bryan Cranston is so rational, which doesn’t stop him from being evil but does create him a much more risky foe. Ok, digression e Remembrance of Earth’s Past has always been chock full of social commentary, albeit rarely of the Anvilicious sort (perhaps aided by the language and cultural barriers). He sees environment as having an enormous influence on human society, and humans also as being prone to cyclical thinking reacting versus the past as much as the environment. Thus humanity vacillates wildly: “The repressive militaristic uniformity of the Amazing Ravine; the optimism and romanticism of the latter half of the Crisis Era; the hedonistic freedom and indolence of the Deterrence Era.” Like Joe Haldeman in The Forever War, Liu touches on the idea of a trend toward feminization. Men in the Deterrence Era are so feminine that Cheng Xin initially doesn’t realize that they are men. Liu seems to tie this directly to a “half century of peace and ease brought about by the Deterrence Era [that] accelerated the trend.” When things obtain hard again later, the trend reverses. I’m not so sure. It is perhaps no accident that Haldeman and Liu are both men. If you don’t think “masculinity, as traditionally defined, [i]s considered an ideal,” just pick up a romance novel. Any era that makes Mike Rowe a symbol still puts a premium on masculinity.I search Death’s End, and the series in general, most fascinating, though, as a product of atheism. Not just a work influenced by atheism, or the product of an atheist (I have no idea if Cixin Liu is or isn’t), but a work that is the product of an atheistic society. And not just in the more direct ways it addresses religion (“The discovery of the dark forest state of the universe was a giant blow to most major religions, especially Christianity”). Or even Cheng Xin repeatedly playing the role of either Eve or Messiah (“I wish to tell all those who believe in God that I am not the Chosen One. I also wish to tell all the atheists that I am not a history-maker. I am but an ordinary person.”)I distinguish between a work written by an atheist and the product of an atheistic society because works written by Western atheists, especially American atheists, are still working from essentially a Judeo-Christian perspective. Even if they are reacting versus it, their work can still be defined in relation to it. The typical nihilism in modern storytelling, then, is an act of rebellion that we can test to rationalize away—for there to be a rebellion, there must be a dominant order. The nihilism of Death’s End, on the other hand, is pervasive, and thus terrifying. Other books are dark in a method that makes you satisfied you can set them aside and return to normal life after you’re done reading. The darkness of Death’s End is fundamental, and reaches beyond the four corners of the book. The Trisolaran threat, the threat of a Dark Forest strike, the mindboggling timescale, zone itself, all serve to reinforce that underlying nihilism. After all, is there anything more frightening than zone to the atheist? They look up and see not the glory of God’s creation but instead an infinite emptiness creating ever more oppressive loneliness. Liu returns to it, again and again.“Death is the only lighthouse that is always lit.”“The kid that was human civilization had opened the door to her home and glanced outside. The endless night terrified her so much that she shuddered versus the expansive and profound darkness, and shut the door firmly.”“She finally understood how she was but a mote of dust in a grand wind, a little leaf drifting over a broad river.”But because I could not so easily dismiss it, I was left wondering as I read the book, and am left wondering still today weeks after finishing it, whether it meant as hopeful. Keynes was right. “In the long run we are all dead.” Toggle the end date for your book far enough and you’ll obtain there. Even the Bible ends with Revelation. Humanity escapes catastrophe miraculously, but it’s going to obtain us all eventually.And so we return to the opaque allegory of Cheng Xin, our Eve and Messiah. Is she savior of bringer of destruction? Is her weakness a damnation of us or merely of herself? Is it even really weakness at all?

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    Death's End (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 3) []  2020-1-8 18:49

    Wow....beautiful, mind blowing, awe inspiring, and heart breaking. My review could never do justice to the grand scale laid out in these books. This is the kind of story you finish and then need to sit down and process what you've just experienced. My one gripe was the ending was sudden and I wasn't expecting it to be over at that point but I can't complain too much. With all that the author has given us with this series I can forgive him for leaving a few things to the imagination. Also, it should be said that this is not a satisfied book. In fact, it might be the most melancholy work of science fiction I have ever read. Thinking about this story is like picking at a scab for me...I wish to stop ruminating on it but at the same time I don't wish to, or maybe I cant. My latest word to anyone reading this review is: Pick up this series at your own risk. It will dominate your thoughts and most likely create every other work of science fiction you read seem trite and superficial.

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    The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth's Past Book 2) []  2020-1-19 20:28

    I've read a lot of science fiction, so I don't say that lightly. There are so a lot of brilliant concepts here, and they're beautifully woven together in a fascinating and suspenseful storyline. No words are wasted on meandering or pointless side plots. The book presents a dark but profound and utterly compelling picture of the universe. Where The Three-Body Problem's characters were a small flat, The Dark Forest's characters are full-bodied and richly human. So stop reading this review and go the book.

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    Tewesta - Remembrance []  2020-7-5 20:0

    The album by the Addis Acoustic Project is just wonderful. Perfect musicianship and unbelievable infusion of cultural tempos.Highly recommended!Tewesta (Remembrance)

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    Whitney Howard Designs Sympathy Remembrance Gift - Forever in My Heart on a River Stone with Candle Motif - Add to a Memorial Garden to Commemorate The Loss of a Loved One []  2020-1-23 4:59

    I have a mate whose brother died. She lives in a condo with a little garden area. I wanted to give her something for her yard in remembrance of him and this is perfect. It is a river rock with the silver candle motif on top. She loved it. What a amazing idea!!

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    Tewesta - Remembrance []  2020-7-5 20:0

    This is a globe class jazz group and the selections on this CD represent some of the best from their repertoire. Each member of the Project makes his own special contribution and they complement each other very well. Some of the selections are very subtle and have an almost haunting quality - all have amazing rhythms. This is a "must-have" CD for any collection!

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    Tewesta - Remembrance []  2020-7-5 20:0

    Lots of respect for all of them. The melody arrangement is fantastic. It reminds me always Addis Ababa my lovely home town. Amazing work well done! you brought it back all the oldies. Girum you created amazing effort to organize the band and Addis Acoustic project. Their live permanence is also amazing just like the album.

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    Whitney Howard Designs Sympathy Remembrance Gift - Forever in My Heart on a River Stone with Candle Motif - Add to a Memorial Garden to Commemorate The Loss of a Loved One []  2020-1-23 4:59

    very nice bonus for the loss of someone or a pet. Could place in garden or inside. Satisfied with this product.

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    Whitney Howard Designs Sympathy Remembrance Gift - Forever in My Heart on a River Stone with Candle Motif - Add to a Memorial Garden to Commemorate The Loss of a Loved One []  2020-1-23 4:59

    Nice design

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    Tewesta - Remembrance []  2020-7-5 20:0

    i had their album from years back and i bought this as a bonus for a dear mate and she loves i and so do i. they also perform amazingly live. If you ever go to Addis Ababa, you should visit 'JazzAmba' in friday's to see them play live.

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    Tewesta - Remembrance []  2020-7-5 20:0

    I saw this band at Club Alize in Addis Abeba latest May 2010. I was blown away by the talent and this album reflects that. Amazing work.

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    Kingpin: Prisoner of the War on Drugs (Cannabis Americanan: Remembrance of the War on Plants, Book 2) (Cannabis Americana: Remembrance of the W) []  2020-1-24 21:46

    Richard Stratton is one hell of a writer. This reads like a amazing novel, though it’s non-fiction. We all know what a colossal waste The so-called “war on drugs “ has been, here’s a deep dive into what happens after an arrest. You won’t believe that this happens in America. It’s disgusting.

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