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quote 2018-05-22 15:20
He felt that a pathway might be available, in the fog, in the night, with himself blindfolded, stumbling forward with his hands outstretched, seeking the next landmark, the next fragment of sense.
The Body Library - Jeff Noon

Me, when reading Foucault. Or Derrida.

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quote 2018-05-22 15:15
Fine grains of soil and root fiber hung in the air, bits of leaf, petals, pollen, strands of cobweb, a dead fly, all suspended. Slowly drifting. It was the dream or a nightmare a plant might have when the sun went down and predators moved in.
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review 2018-05-21 14:40
The Three-Body Problem
The Three-Body Problem - Liu Cixin,Ken Liu

I have been getting yelled at for a while to read "The Three-Body Problem." I really wish that I had left it alone. I had a hard time even getting immersed in the book cause not a lot of it made sense to me and we kept changing POVs.  I know about the Cultural Revolution in China (East Asia was my main focus when I got my undergraduate degree in History) but linking that with science fiction didn't gel that well in my opinion. I can see though why some of the characters were over mankind though due to what they had been through in their lives, but I would still hard pause about some of the choices that we had people make throughout this book. The ending just left me nonplussed. 

 

"The Three-Body Problem" follows several characters, Ye Wenjie a disgraced scientist, Michael Evans, a rich man, and Wang Miao, a nanotechnology professor, and a whole host of people I am probably forgetting at this point. I am not going to lie, after a while I stopped taking in people's names. The book bounces back and forth the most between Ye and Wang though.

 

The book starts off during China's Cultural Revolution. Ye witnesses her father being murdered and is sent off to work in a labor camp after being labeled a traitor. While there though she is recruited by Red Coast (China's organization that is out there looking for proof of alien life). Due to Ye's expertise she is asked about working with radio communications to get messages back and forth from aliens. Eventually Ye does have first contact with people from the planet Trisolaris. 

 

Fast forward to Wang in the present day who gets asked to work with a detective who is looking into the deaths of some scientists. Wang starts to notice some things that are weird and wonders if something more sinister is going on. Eventually though Wang is playing a virtual reality game called "Three Body." 

 

I didn't feel a real connection to any of the characters while I was reading this. I tried, but I found myself getting bored for the most part. The only things that held my interest was when Wang went into the Three Body game and I found myself becoming fascinated with the game. 

 

The writing got a bit convoluted to me when trying to explain the science behind everything.

"Can the fundamental nature of matter really be lawlessness? Can the stability and order of the world be but a temporary dynamic equilibrium achieved in a corner of the universe, a short-lived eddy in a chaotic current?"

 

“And it is this: The human race is an evil species. Human civilization has committed unforgivable crimes against the Earth and must be punished. The ultimate goal of the Adventists is to ask our Lord to carry out this divine punishment: the destruction of all humankind.”

 

The flow of the book was off and as I said, I struggled to finish this. I just found myself wishing for the book to finally get to the ending. When I did I was just relieved I managed to finish it. 

 

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text 2018-05-20 12:54
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Three-Body Problem - Liu Cixin,Ken Liu

This was so confusing. Definitely not a fan of it. This took me almost three days to struggle through. The only thing I got is that people from Earth are bugs.

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text 2018-05-19 07:42
Leave Your Car In The Hands Of The Car Experts

When there is a business that is running successfully for almost 40 years you know that they are doing everything that the customers need. You will understand that the company is looking after the best interests of the customer which is why customers keep going back to that company. You know that the company is using methods that are able to cater to the needs of all kinds of customers.

Any company that can survive so many years successfully is a wonder. On top of that, if it is a car workshop it is an even more surprising fact. As you know cars have changed a log in the last couple of decades and so have the way car mechanics are repairing them. Newest technologies have arrived and changed the way automobiles are being serviced. If we have been able to survive all these changes then you must understand that we are moving with the changes.

Sin Heng Long Motor Works have been satisfying a few generations of clients because we have strived to change ourselves as the needs of people change. We have improved our technics and we have changed our methods. But, what we have done most is that we have ensured that customers get their best. Whether it is the patriarch of the family or the youngest kid, both of them should be happy with our service. This is our philosophy and this is what has made people say we are the best car repair workshop.

 

We have retained the honour of being the best spray painting shop in Singapore because of our insistence on using only quality products. It is not just the paint that

makes a painting job look good. The clear coat is what matters more in keeping the gloss and shine for a longer time. It is the one that protects your paint from the elements of nature and the mild scratches that may come from stone hits on a bad road. Sin Heng Long uses the best quality of clear coat so that the shine of your paint lasts longer. Whatever we do, we look to ensure the satisfaction of our customers first.

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