The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu. Sequel to the science fiction novel "The Three Body Problem" and second in a planned trilogy.
This one was a bit slow starting, was getting tempted to put it aside, but things kick up a gear as the alien incursion approaches. Turns into a bit of a classic of hard science fiction, with great ideas, original angles and things thoroughly thought through. Has a few of the weaknesses of the genre like somewhat schematic characters and not terribly convincing public moods.
But overall: well-executed, creative, essential reading if you like the genre.
NB: The blurb I saw gives a way a lot of the plot, might be worth avoiding.
What I'm Watching
Jupiter Ascending. Very silly space opera epic from the Wachowski brothers. Bit too long and doesn't quite manage to be tongue in cheek enough to be a camp classic. Action sequences get a bit repetitive despite the lush CGI. Overall: very mildly entertaining.
Also: anti-gravity boots still look stupid despite modern CGI.
Very busy. Team at work has gone from three developers to just me with holidays and reassignments. Also I have to take on a new system I haven't touched before, and handle a few queries from support since no-one else is around.
Toddler was sick for a few days and is behaving pretty badly. Taking away his toys used to work, but he seems to have got used it: gave him about half a dozen back this morning.
Pics. Godzilla size.
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