I just finished The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu) and it was truly, truly excellent. immediately bought the other books in the trilogy and am patiently waiting for them to arrive. really cool science fiction that offers up some great backstory starting in the Cultural Revolution (late 60s China) and connects it to some far-out concepts & theories. delves into the actual science of the story enough that it offers some very useful context but not so much that it’ll send your head spinning.
I’m currently reading Perdido Street Station by China Miéville, which is a sort of fantasy/(gulp) steampunk story set in the grimiest fucking city possible. not my genre of choice at all, but Miéville’s a very skilled writer & I’m like, 170 pages in and really enjoying it so far. definitely interested to see where it goes.
I’m not as big a reader as I once was but I have read a couple other books this year, the first being Absolutely On Music by Haruki Murakami & Seiji Ozawa. pretty solid, I thought, and probably worth a read if you know a lot about classical music (I do not). the second was The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley, which is a collection of short essays connecting anthropology & scientific advancement to existential questions. I promise it’s not as dense as I probably just made it sound. I wouldn’t say it was optimistic, but it was definitely not pessimistic, which I enjoyed a lot given how awful everything seems nowadays (climate change, etc.).