Finished up Russo's Ship ofFools. It's a great book. There were some genuinely moving passages on the nature of faith and religion - of all topics to be covered in science fiction - that I thought were incredibly well done. Including the single most profound observation on the nature of faith I think I've ever read. (You'll have to read it to find out.) Unfortunately, the ending is a stinker. The mystery is "solved" in the most banal of manners and the book just kind of ends. Blech. Worth it for the journey.
Then, I blasted through Clarke's *Childhood's End* in a couple of days. It holds up quite well. It's a classic for a reason.
Now, I'm a quarter of the way through the second book of Liu Cixin's Three Body Problem trilogy and I have to say it's not particularly grabbing me. The first book was slow and had its moments, but only really got consistently good in the last hundred pages. The second book is shaping up to be the same with less likable characters. Everything is translated from Chinese, so a lot of it is stilted. I could get past that in the first book because everyone was Chinese, but there are a lot of English speakers in the second book and their dialog is not natural.
I complain, but there are still a lot of brilliant sci-fi concepts and some great moments in both books that keep me reading. Just not as quickly as I would like. I'll definitely finish up the whole trilogy. My to-read list has grown massive since my baby was born and reading is just about the only recreational activity I can find time for any more.