Review: The Dark Forest

Hi, blog friends.

Summer Reading 2017 has brought me to the sequel of The Three-Body Problem, which I liked just fine.  But friends: The Dark Forest was phenomenal.

(Per usual for reviews of sequels, I’ll try to keep the spoilers for book one to a minimum.)

dark forestThe Dark Forest starts out a bit slow, but that’s really the only negative thing I have to say about this book.  Once I got past the first 50 pages – which were beautifully written, mind you – I couldn’t put it down.

Most of the events in book two take place 200 years after the first book in the trilogy, and goodness, Cixin Liu has quite the imagination.  It was fun to read his thoughts on where humans and Earth might be some day given certain events and certain limitations due to those events – see, I’m trying really hard to not spoil Three-Body.  Just go read it.

In The Dark Forest, we get to see a few of the characters from Three-Body – some of my favorites in fact.  Liu uses these characters to explore so many different aspects of human nature.  He puts them into situations that push, pull, and strain them, and what he comes up with is amazing.

The whole idea of the Wallfacer Project is highly intriguing, and Liu uses it (plus the Wallbreakers, of course) to take the reader on a while ride through psychological manipulation and ethical dilemmas.

This book is sprawling and immense; it’s epic science fiction, with the scope of epic fantasy and the fascination of hard SF.

If you haven’t read The Three-Body Problem, go do that so you can read The Dark Forest.  And from what I’ve heard, Death’s End is quite the conclusion to this awesome series.

 

Summer Reading 2017 is coming to a close, but here are the reviews you can be looking forward to in the next two weeks:

  • The Stone Sky by N.K Jemisin
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
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Review: Difficult Women

Hi there.  It’s me again, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since this is my blog…

Summer Reading 2017 is coming to a close soon – just a few more weeks.  If you remember, I got a late start this year, but that just means that Summer Reading lasts till the end of September.  I’m not mad.

My most recent summer read was Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.  I’ll keep my review for this one brief – not because it wasn’t good, mind you.

This collection of short stories moved me in so many ways.  They broke my heart, madeimages me angry, made me cry, and disturbed me.

The stories in this book reflected so many different types of women in so many different types of situations.  Women were empowered, and women were broken.  Women were weak, and women were strong.  Women got happy endings, and women didn’t.

Roxane Gay doesn’t skirt around difficult topics and experiences, but she dives right in.  She writes about sex and love, doubt and faith, abuse and intimacy.  She writes sisters, mothers, daughters, lovers, and friends.  Her writing is raw and lyrical, and she tells the truth.  She really tells the truth.

My favorites: “Water, All Its Weight”, “North Country”, and “I am a Knife”.

In Which I’m Excited for Lots of Upcoming Things

Hey y’all!

This blog has been heavy on the reviews and light on the other stuff as of late.  I’m not sorry at all, but I do want to take a moment to share some exciting things with you:

Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story

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Remember Silver Tongue?  And how I’m a huge AshleyRose Sullivan fan?  And how I’ve been waiting for the sequel to Awesome Jones?  WELL IT’S FINALLY (ALMOST) HERE!  Lona Chang comes out on September 8, and I’m not sure I could be more excited.

 

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

Okay, okay, okay, OKAY.  Ann Leckie is coming out with a new book!  You know how much I love the Ancillary trilogy, and this new book is set in the same universe but with different characters and outside the Radch empire.  I’M SO INTRIGUED.  It drops on September 26.. EEEE!

Speaking of Ann Leckie…

On October 2, I will get to meet her and ask her to sign my copy of Ancillary Justice.  No big deal.  EXCEPT IT’S A HUGE DEAL!  She’ll be at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction bookstore in Minneapolis.  I’m going with my husband and some friends, and we’re already nervous…  Wish me luck – mostly that I don’t make a fool of myself.

 

Alright.  Sorry for the excessive capitalization… now back to your regularly scheduled review programming.  Be looking for my thoughts on Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu soon!