Jul. 1st, 2015

zanzjan: (manuscript)
(by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu)

Finished reading this a few days ago. My thoughts:

1. The translation -- as best as I can determine not having read the original Chinese, but having read many translated works of varying qualities -- is clearly superb. The flow was flawless, and given the amount of incredibly complex physics concepts in the book this is an incredible accomplishment.

2. See above. Many really wonderful concepts in the book, enough to keep me reading it to the end, enough to make me consider getting the next book despite... spoilers )

So YMMV. I can't say the novel ultimately worked for me, but I also very much can't say it's not worth reading anyway. And damn, huge kudos to Ken Liu for the masterful translation job.

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