The black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, former draft dodger and successful marijuana smuggler Richard Forthrast amassed a small fortune over the years--and then increased it a thousandfold when he created T'Rain. A massive, multibillion-dollar, multiplayer online...more
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Stephenson hasn’t made it easy on his fans since Cryptonomicon in 1999 with it and every book since being about 27,000 pages long while spanning the late 1600s in Europe to World War II to another world complete with it’s own languages and customs, and each book was also crammed with detailed information about topics like finance and code breaking. When I saw that...more
Reamde operates in two gears: infodump and action, which makes for a potent combination. This fusion works because Stephenson has written a thriller. At first, I was surprised, but then I realized that "The Baroque Cycle" was also a thriller, just one set in an unusual period for the genre. Regardless, the infodump and the plot are what the thriller's all about.
Me: la la la I'm sure this will be edifying and weird.
Book: Yes this will be a book about math and philosophy and like, historical dudes J/K actually I am like 14 Die Hards all squished together!
Me: SHut up, I have to stop reading this and actually make a living!
Book: no YOU shut up!!
Me: Seriously, they say people need to sleep occasionally.
Book: Bitch, I am NOT DONE. I will TELL YOU when you can sleep.
Here's the thing. I like a fun crime novel. I read all the Stieg Larsson books. I...more
This book is great, but it appears Team Stephenson was expecting the opening of the Ark of the fucking Covenant.
If you want a smart, contemporary, geeky, international action thriller written by someone who just spent 10 years writing an epic about the connections between the tech of the 17th century and the tech of the 21st—in longhand, on, like, parchment, with a fountain pen, the showboating bastard—then read this.
It's fun. And...more
So: your starter for 10. Is it Reamde? Remade? Reamed? Read Me?
Just working out the title can be a complication in itself. But then that’s what you should expect with Neal Stephenson’s books. It’s a well known adage in the genre that if you read Neal Stephenson’s books, you’re there for a long journey.
And so it goes with this one: over 1000 pages of small text, over 2 inches/6cm thick. (I measured it!)
For what is typical of Neal’s work is that when you buy i...more
The best parts of the novel are about the Chinese hacking and Gold Farming scene, the REAMDE virus- all classic slick Stephenson. Once we are back in Ameri...more
So Reamde should be a really good read.
But a person can only take so much really creepy "women secretly like to be tied up" subtext before it starts to distract from the text, mainly with a desire to put the text down and wash one's hands.
This is a recurring pr...more
There's so much going on in this big honker of a book that for sure various readers and reviewers will find many aspects to like and dislike, be it with the style, content, implied politics or religion. For the first few chapters of Reamde, I leaned towards the dislike side. Then I realized this was because of a desire for this book to be something else, to be more like Cryptonomicon, or the much earlier Snow Crash. But then, somewhere midway through the book, I stopped resisting and sort of set...more
I found the book disappointing. I say that as someone who's read Stephenson's Cryptonomicon three times and...more
But honestly, I can't do either. REAMDE a good, long, and involving read. It fails...more
While this might seem like your typical Stephenson novel, impossible to nail down the plot, it is not typical. The plot, while huge and spanning several countries and literary genres, is not the typical Stephenson plot. It is so...more
Stephenson has completely changed gears from books like Anathem and Cryptonomicon, back down to books like Zodiac and Interface. Which is to say, a tightly written, linear plot lacking his characteristic digressions and diversions. I know some people will be thrilled by this; I happen to love the digressions.
Which isn't to say it's not complicated. The story starts with Chinese hackers in a World of Warcraft style game and the Russian mobsters who got screwed by them, and them rapidl...more
REAMDE is a misprint of README, the file that is uploaded on computers across the country by players of the MMORPG (massive multi-player online role playing game -where have you been for the last decade, Mars?) T'R...more
10/1 This isn't even sf, it's a return to Cryptonomicon and even the Baroque series in that it is historical fiction except it's taking place in the here and now. There's a long wind-up til the action comes, but that's just fine because the characters are intelligent and courageous, and yet like you and me in different circumstances. The set-up pays off and then the action begins, that I'd call political and geek thriller....more
"Fate had given us a totally awesome foe."
When Richard Forthrast was young, he was the black sheep of the family. It seemed like he was wasting his brain by playing videogames and smuggling dope across the Canadian border instead of pursuing more dignified and intellectual occupations. But then he turned his money, knowledge and skills to the development of his own MMORPG called T’Rain. He hired a kid with Asperger’s syndrome to construct a realistic and m...more
The premise (and I don't think this is a spoiler) is the intrusion of a MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role-playing game) on real life in unexpected (and potentially disastrous) ways -- not in a Tron-like player-gets-absorbed-into-the-game sense, but in a way that strikes me as so realistic (although...more
I thought he stumbled with the Baroque Cycle but came back strong with 'Anathem'. He continues strong with 'Reamde'. (That's not a typo; the title is a play on Read Me.) While 'Anathem' was d...more
Marlon: "Look! It's the Dungeons and Dragons Ride! Wow, neat!"
Peter: "Gimmie a break..."
Zula: "I don't like this!"
Csongor: "What's happening?"
Yuxia: "Where are we?"
Olivia: "Look out!"
Dungeonmaster: Fear not, Ranger...Barbarian...Magician...Theif...Cavalier...and Acrobat."
Zula: "Who WAS that?"
Dodge: "That was Abdallah, the Force of Evil. I am Forthrast, your guide in the Realm of Dungeons...and Dragons."
(view spoiler)[I groaned inwardly the m...more
Okay. Reporting in at about the middle. This book is excellent. Lots of thought provoking ideas, plus it's a page turning adventure story with peril and everything. Most importantly, the author has several times used the term "man purse". Not sure when he is using it to describe a fanny pack or if he's talking about something more like a messenger bag. Doesn't matter. I'm happy each...more
"What have you been doing, Uncle Richard?" ... "Waiting for cancer" would have been too honest an answer. "Fighting a bitter rear-guard action against clinical depression" would have given the impression that he was depressed today, which he wasn't. "Worrying about palette drift," Richard said.
I'll never know. I crapped out on page 430, right around the 80th page of a single action sequence. One that brought in too many characters to care about, too many threads that, a reader assumes, would get tied up.
Neal Stephenson isn't a bad writer. He draws up solid, likable characters - he even handles the unlikable ones pretty well - but everything just...takes...too...long. Con...more
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