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Science Fiction Round 49: The Dark Forest

2015/09/20 2 comments

Since I enjoyed reading The Three Body Problem, despite its flaws, I read the next book in the series.

And… um.

It’s not as good as the first one.

While the first book’s plot holes were only about the size of the solar system, the second one scales up to at least the Large Magellanic Cloud, if not the entire Milky Way.

Oops.

Naturally, I’m going to spoil everything.

The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

Unlike the first book, the title is largely metaphorical. That may be a space elevator coming out from Earth on the cover, although it’s hard to say. (Note: the forest is not made of space elevators.)

Your Science Is Bad, And You Should Feel Bad

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Fantasy Round 40: Zahrah the Windseeker

2015/09/13 Leave a comment

Zahrah the Windseeker really exists in a strange land in between science fiction, fantasy, and myth, so I’m not completely confident in my assignment of genre.

Nonetheless, the book is a light, pleasant read in a fascinating world.  If you’re looking for a bit of a break from gritty dystopias (like I was), this novel is a good choice.  I actually will be avoiding most of the spoilers, so… read away.

Appropriately, Zahra is on the cover. I'm not sure why there's a butterfly.

Appropriately, Zahrah is on the cover. I’m not sure why there’s a butterfly.

How Does That Computer Work, Anyway?

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Fantasy Round 39: Shadowrun Hong Kong

2015/09/06 Leave a comment

We’ve talked about Shadowrun Returns before, and I played (but did not comment upon) Shadowrun: Dragonfall.

Since Shadowrun: Hong Kong is now out, and delightful, I think it’s time to add another chapter.  (I note that Michael and I backed this game on Kickstarter.  It was worth it.)

There will be a few spoilers, but I’m not giving away the main plotline.

This is the cover. There was a lot of rain, but I definitely don't recall going through a building like that while out running.

This is the cover. There was a lot of rain, but I definitely don’t recall going through a building like that while out running.  Although, there is something that looks a little like it in the Matrix.

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