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Summary

At the end of the fourth year of the Crisis Era, Yun Tianming, riddled with cancer, chose to end his life. But death for Yun Tianming is merely the first step in a journey that will place him on the front line of a war that has raged since the beginning of time. 

As Yun Tianming lay dying, his brain was extracted from his body, flash frozen, put aboard a spacecraft and launched on a trajectory to intercept the Trisolarian First Fleet. It was a desperate plan. But there was an infinitesimal chance that one day Tianming may, somehow, send valuable information back to Earth. And so he does. But not before he succumbed to subjective centuries of alien torture and betrayed humanity. 

Rewarded with a cloned body by the Trisolarans, Tianming has spent millennia in exile as a traitor to the human race. But now he has a chance at redemption. A being calling itself The Spirit recruits him to help wage war against a foe that threatens the existence of the entire universe. But Tianming refuses to be a pawn again. He has his own plans....

©2011 Baoshu Baoshu (P)2019 Head of Zeus

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Dull

This fan fiction story starts really well and the first third tidies up the three body trilogy quite nicely, but then it goes off on an incomprehensible tangent, exploring theoretical possibilities governing the structure, history and future of the universe in great depth via tedious conversations between non-human life forms... unfortunately this is irrepressibly dull and two hours from the end I finally gave up.

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This is NOT a prequel to the 3 body trilogy!!!

WARNING: Do not read this fan fiction before you have read all three volumes of "The Three Body" problem by Cixin Liu as it is FULL of spoilers and will detract from your enjoyment of the 3 body series.

The book itself is set in the same Universe but the events are inserted into the 3 body timeline before, during and after the events of the trilogy. As it is advertised as a prequel and appeared on Audible before the final 3 body volume I listened to it after listening to books 1 and 2 of the trilogy = there seemed to be a lot of non-sequiturs and sudden. shifts in events and characters and I then realised one needs to have read volume 3 before starting this book. I estimate the false advertising reduced my eventual enjoyment of volume three by around 30%..

That gripe out of the way, this book is a good listen/read and supplements the original trilogy without too much distortion of Cixin Liu's original story and I would recommend it as a fourth volume of the story. I do wonder what would happen in Cixin Liu were to want to write a fourth volume himself, having had his intellectual property impinged upon by what is actually fan fiction. Apparently Liu did not object to the publication of Baoshu's continuation of the story, so I guess he never had any intention of developing this Story Universe any further.

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pretty good

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syndrome of fan fiction. The characters become a bit too perfect and the love events a bit too cute and syrupy

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  • 31-03-20

If you enjoyed 3 Body, you’ll enjoy this!

First, make sure you’ve read the entire 3 Body Series, Remembrance of Earth's Past, and Ball Lightening too, although that should really be book zero. If you enjoyed them, then this is an interesting and enjoyable take on some of the gaps in the sequence. It’s a bit sluggish to start, but stick with it, it’s worth while.

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Enjoyable romp for fans of the 3 body problem

Only really for fans; some excellent, brilliant, imaginative, genius & very well written elements to the story, and yet ....

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  • 02-10-19

As good and epic as the original trilogy!

Exceptionally well written and performed. If you enjoyed the trilogy, this will blow your mind.

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  • Carlo Åkerman
  • 10-09-20

A-mazing addition to the series!

Loved every second of it. ties a lot of thing together and meshes magnificently with the original series! Ah, the closure is liberating.