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The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu

toffeebox's review against another edition

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

Wandering earth and for the benefit of mankind were easily high 4 stars. These, I felt, held up in its short form and had strong moral themes.

The remaining ones were a drag with its underdeveloped plot lines and misogynistic characterisation (curse 5.0). There were little call backs and linked ideas -
earth 4 and the girl stuck in the core of the earth ended being a granddaughter of another character
- which was purposefully used to save undeveloped plots but that was not enough.

sweetcuppincakes's review against another edition

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4.0

It's more of a collection of fascinating ideas than stories. Many of the sci-fi concepts necessitate a lot of explanation and exposition, which is fine when the narrator fills the reader in. But when Liu opts to have a character go on and on about what has transpired in x years while someone was in hibernation, or when an alien species explains their entire civilization in a way that humans could understand (i.e. us readers could understand), things get awkwardly unrealistic and clunky, prose-wise. That's really the only downside here though – the ideas and imagination of possible futures and other beings is awe-inspiring and, like with the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, many of these ideas are bound to stay with you for a long time.

yi5h's review against another edition

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slow-paced

2.0

Interesting concepts, but characters are 2d and an excuse to introduce a concept rather than an integral part of the stories. Underdeveloped ideas often smushed together unnecessarily.

anna3141592653589's review against another edition

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fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot

3.75

sevencrane's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark hopeful reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

wish Liu's anti-anthropocentric writing was similarly radical in his approach to agency given to women. good stories though 

staticmemories's review against another edition

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challenging informative reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

_ash0_'s review against another edition

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4.0

The ebook had translation done by Holger Nahm which is the version that I read. Wandering Earth is a great short story, the kind of sci-fi that I admire the most. Hard SF is my favorite genre so I really enjoyed reading this story. It is predicted that the sun will be end up becoming a red giant and swallow Earth and other inner planets. So the government comes up with a plan to save humanity by making the earth “wander” using engines. The concept is so cool! Can’t wait to watch the movie adaptation.

andgineer's review against another edition

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2.0

Для взрослого образованного человека - слишком глупо с точки зрения элементарной физики и слишком наивно с точки зрения психологии.

Бонус только в том что я воспринял это скорее как черновики для действительно впечатляющей трилогии "Память о прошлом Земли".
Трилогия произвела на меня впечатление. В ней все та же наивность и глупости с точки зрения физики. Но там чисто китайский масштаб, который ошарашивает и впечатляет.

В этих рассказах и повестях встречаются в точности или по сути похожие сюжеты, позднее использованные автором в "Памяти о прошлом Земли"

tea_anne4's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring reflective sad tense medium-paced

4.0

vermillionfrog's review against another edition

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adventurous dark inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0