27 thoughts on “Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu

    1. Hahaah I was really intrigued by the author since I’ve heard a lot of praise for The Three-Body Problem! I’ll still give that one a shot, but if it’s really anything like this, my expectations for the author will forever be… much lower! 😛 Thanks for reading!

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  1. I can’t help but think of Robert Pirsig and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and his obsession with the concept of quality. Sometimes, the digger you deep, the harder it is to get out of the hole. Although, we’re talking about ball lightning here, which is pretty cool. Great review.

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    1. Some authors sure do know how to make a less-than appealing subject so much more intriguing, while others might struggle to think about the reader and how they’ll digest the information. Indeed, this whole ball lightning phenomenon definitely made it all much more interesting, but its issues were a bit too strong to overlook! 😀 Thanks for reading, sir!

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  2. This was such a philosophical review. Love it!
    Got the author’s other book, the three body problem but haven’t read it yet, so not sure what to expect overall, but you gave me a pretty good idea 😃

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    1. You’re too kind! Thank you so much for reading, Norrie! I too have his trilogy, but after reading this one, I’ve sort of instinctively lowered my expectations. Hopefully it’ll blow my mind and reassure me that the love it got was merited! 😛 And I do hope your experience with it will be far more enjoyable too! 😉

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  3. It is kind of hard to critique an author’s writing style when it’s been translated. Did something that came across awkward in English read beautifully in it’s original language? I don’t tend to enjoy books with lots of science-y stuff in it, so I don’t think this is one I’ll pick up, but it does look interesting. Great review!

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    1. Exactly. It’s why I always prefer reading an author’s work in its original language (which means English or French), but when I venture into territories like this one, it all becomes a bit complicated. There are some really great translators though, but sometimes the original work is simply not meant to be translated as a lot of its beauty is lost in translation. Thanks for reading, Stéphanie!

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    1. Hahahah thanks man, and it’s all good! This would honestly only please those who are curious in the meteorological phenomenon, in hard science-fiction or those who are interested by this author’s work. Otherwise, it’s a bit of a stretch. Entertainment is not guaranteed! 😀 Thanks for reading as always, good friend!

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  4. While I’m sure this is a good book (you rated it three stars so there must have been good parts to it) I don’t think Ball Lightning is going to be for me. I’ll admit sometimes sci-fi reads can be too confusing for me if they’re too technical and I can tell just from your review I would be completely lost if I picked this one up. Still great review Lashaan. 🙂

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    1. Hahahha it really depends on the person’s interest in hard science-fiction. It can get really technical and dig deep into scientific knowledges, and that’s something that won’t be too enjoyable for a lot of people. The flaws in character development and in the “writing” were too noticeable for me to overlook them, it’s why my rating went down, but I was still glad to have my first look at this author’s work. I still plan on trying out his Three-Body Problem some day, and hopefully the praise that one got will be far more factual! 😀 Thanks for reading, Beth!

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  5. Love how you started off this review- very profound! And generally, this is a brilliant review. I doubt this book would be something that my brain could take because I doubt I would have the stamina to get through this. You do make a compelling point with your review, though! Great review!

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    1. Awn, thanks Liz! I love your feedback on it all. It definitely gives me an idea of what works and what doesn’t in conveying my thoughts. Thank you! ❤ And yes, it can get quite heavy, so it'll take some interest in the subject/the author to even want to pick up this story! 😀 Thank you again for reading!

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  6. *the greatest comment ever written on your blog*

    Sadly, I couldn’t translate it into our 4 dimensions, so you’ll just have to use your imagination 😉

    This sounds like a rather unpleasant book to be honest. However, I certainly understand not being able to tell if something is really off or if it is is the translator’s fault…

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    1. At least tell me what language it was in! A mystery is meant to be solved!!!

      Hahaahah that brutal honesty! I wouldn’t even say it’s on the translator to be honest. I believe some things don’t sound the same from one language to another. It’s why I always prefer reading my stories in their original language (English or French). However, everything that has to do with character development is definitely on the author and his decision to put his focus elsewhere.

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      1. THe language was “Vorgon” 😉

        I wish I “could” read in more than one language, but eh, I’ve got so many books in just English that a translated book has got to be really good. Mainly classics or something Russian…

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  7. This sounds so interesting, I have no idea if it will be for me. But I would like to give it a try just to see what it’s like. Probably best to use the library for this one. Fantastic review:)

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    1. I would definitely recommend a library copy for this one. I would have a hard time recommending it to just about everyone. You really have to be intrigued from the beginning to even want to try it out. 😀 Thank you so much, Asia! ❤

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