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OleWarSkuleAlum
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The Three Body Problem or Red Rising for Next Book
Finishing up The Brothers Karamazov and looking to go back to sci-fi/fantasy. I’ve heard great things about both these trilogies. Anyone have any personal experience?


HeavyCore
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I actually just finished Red Rising. Read it in two days. It’s fricking great, a little childish, but it’s fast.


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Methuselah
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re: The Three Body Problem or Red Rising for Next Book
Red Rising is a good fun read. Definitely something that will keep you turning the pages. It's not a flawless trilogy by any means. Don't go in expecting Dostoyevsky. I wouldn't even call it substantial sci-fi/fantasy. But if you are looking for some light reading, you should enjoy it.


BitBuster
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Red Rising is a fun read.

Three Body Problem is a very difficult read, but very much worth it. It's difficult in the sense that it's a Chinese author, and while the translation is fantastic the thought process can seem a bit "foreign" at times. It's also difficult because there are a lot of concepts that are new to Sci Fi. ie, "Dark Forest Theory", Theoretical Materials science, Radio Astronomy, etc.. TBP is very conceptual.. and is.. absolutely fantastic. I wasn't old enough to experience Arthur C. Clarke's innovative ideas at the time they were written, but reading this gives me an idea of what it was like.

In 20 years, Three Body Problem will be the book everyone remembers, not Red Rising.


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Tigris
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re: The Three Body Problem or Red Rising for Next Book
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Red Rising is a good fun read. Definitely something that will keep you turning the pages. It's not a flawless trilogy by any means. Don't go in expecting Dostoyevsky. I wouldn't even call it substantial sci-fi/fantasy. But if you are looking for some light reading, you should enjoy it.



Agreed. Reading it was interesting, the author has a ton of influences and it felt like he threw them all in a blender and made a book from it. Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Spartacus, Dune, ancient mythology, and others. The only things that felt original were the words "bloodydam" and "gumbubble" and their use got to be annoying.

For a light weight page turner it's very good, and that is fine. Think - action popcorn movie.


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Tbonepatron
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I enjoyed Red Rising, but if your the type of person that has to finish a series once you’ve started, like me, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you know what you’re getting into. Read the synopsis for the second and third books cause they are pretty significantly different in scope than Red Rising.


225rumpshaker
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re: The Three Body Problem or Red Rising for Next Book
FWIW I liked golden son and morning star (books 2 and 3 of red rising) more than red rising itself.


FalseProphet
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FWIW I liked golden son and morning star (books 2 and 3 of red rising) more than red rising itself.


Me too.


Jay Are
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re: The Three Body Problem or Red Rising for Next Book
The Three-Body Problem all the way. Read both its sequels also. The third entry, Death's End, is one of the best sci-fi books I've read in years.


BitBuster
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The Three-Body Problem all the way. Read both its sequels also. The third entry, Death's End, is one of the best sci-fi books I've read in years.


Absolutely, you have to read all three. I really hate telling people to stick with a book, but you really have to stick with these books and just get through them. Some of the concepts that Liu Cixin came up with are simply mind blowing.

I've read a few "hard sci-fi" books - heavy on the technical side - The Martian, Seveneves, etc.. sometimes it can come across as mental masturbation. This is the first "hard sci-fi" series that I felt was truly innovative, and didn't rely on tropes.

Fans of Sci-Fi have to read this series because future authors will be riffing off of this work for years. Solar-Radio Astronomy, Sophons, Dark Forest Theory, Game Theory, Materials Sciences, etc... He really pushed the envelope.



Edit: I really enjoyed "The Martian" FWIW
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