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The Introvert Advantage (2002, Workman Publishing Company) 3 stars

This is probably useful to someone?

3 stars

I didn't get much out of this book, even though I thought I'm an introvert. It's so much about how you shouldn't feel bad about being one, which is good, but goes a bit haywire on how much you should be cuddled up to. It suggested, to me at least, that you need to be protected and all the things you have to consider to survive.

Maybe I'm just not the right person to read this one, but it was just a bunch of "you are good the way you are" and "you poor little thing" repeated over and over again. Oh and soooo many lists.

It's probably helpful if you are totally overwhelmed by life and by you being an introvert, giving you very detailed tips on how survive practically every situation. If you are not part of this very small subset of introverts, you better skip this one.

Death's End (2017, Head of Zeus Ltd) 4 stars

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps …

The science is really good though

4 stars

I'm still at odds with this book and the whole trilogy. This one is better than the second books but it's still just okay 🤷🏼 Everything about the science is top notch though. I like the explanations, he doesn't overdo it, but it's still thorough enough to get the gist of the idea. If somebody was struggling to find a sci-fi book, because he/she already read so many, this would be a good contender, especially if it should be more about the science and less about the characters. This is the biggest weakness though: the characters seem so one-dimensional. Cheng Xin as the protagonist in this book did have a tiny bit more deepness than usual, but all surrounding characters were lacking. 艾AA was built up as the fun but clever character by Cheng Xin, but she never did anything fun really. Luo Ji was just there I guess (without …

The Dark Forest (2015) 4 stars

"With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy …

"I guess I have to read the whole story now"

3 stars

That was my first thought after finishing the first novel in the trilogy. This second book didn't change that much in my thinking. It's still okay, I liked some aspects, such as the whole 'Wallfacer' idea, but it still had a few very weird subplots, that just seem so out of place. The whole romantic subplot made me cringe, it reminded me of mail order brides. The feelings, decisions and personality of the woman in question are unimportant. Maybe that's a cultural thing but there were so many pages about this whole thing and it's just weird.

The whole idea of the dark forest is interesting, the droplet was also a good part. I wish he put more time into the characters and the story, not just into the science. That's the thing, I remember most of the science, but the characters are all very much replaceable.

In the end, …