To all those who bemoan the lack of Stephenson's rather trademark convoluted and crammed-with-science-y-stuff style: Sorry! This is not one of those books! The last time I checked, it is neither illegal nor immoral for an author to writ...more
That said, I am still gorging my belly on the Neal Stephenson Kool-Aid and know the man can do no wrong. Except, apparently, when he collaborates with relatives.
San Dimas High School Football rules!
And like with all Stephenson books, this delivers memorable characters and settings. There seems to be a bit more humor in...more
Interface is also a thriller with a message: Elections don't work anymore, either. This is because of television. It takes a similar technical and stylistic approach; "ordinary" folks turn out to be really important, humour that people will recognise from Stephenson's solo novels,...more
Most of the characters were...more
The basic premise is that William Cozzano, the wildly popular and down to earth governor of Illinois, suffers a stroke and loses some motor and verbal ability. Meanwhile, the President of the USA decides to quit paying any interest...more
For me, this book falls into the "mainstream fiction" category; a category of books that I don't often read. And with this expectation I embarked upon this novel and have been enjoying the mind candy aspect. But throughout this book I often found myself chuckling at the so very true social commentary. Great entertainment and great gallows humor as we all get to experience the decline of American civil...more
From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise.
**There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group of backers. A biochip imp...more
**From his triumphant debut with *Snow Crash* to the stunning success of his latest novel, *Quicksilver,* Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classic thriller, he and fellow author J. Frederick George tell a shocking tale with an all-too plausible premise. **There's no way William A. Cozzano can lose the upcoming presidential election. He's a likable midwestern governor with one insidious advantage—an advantage provided by a shadowy group
It's about a presidential campaign, but it's really about media consultations, shadowy conspiracies, and nanotechnology's ability to help stroke victims.
Despite the fact that it was written in the mid-90s, there were only two parts that seemed really dated - using floppy disks to load an OS, and the presidential campaign not kicking off until Labo...more
But what really irked me was the pacing of the book: out of a novel of six h...more
Very early in the book, during the rising action, campaign strategist Cy Ogle (a James Carville/Karl Rove/Fu Manchu hybrid) says the following, which...more
This book is somewhat more slyly humorous than I expected, poking quite a bit of fun at the people who run presidential campaigns and the press and pundits who cover it. Having read this immediate...more
Wüste Räuberpistole um einen Gouverneur, der nach einem Schlaganfall einen Chip ins Hirn implantiert bekommt. Strippenzieher des Big Business steuern Verhalten des Politikers dann entsprechend der Umfragewerte ausgeklügelter Demoskopiemethoden und machen ihn so zum perfekten Kandidaten für den Präsidentschaftswahlkampf.
Reichlich satirische Spitzen gegen US-Medien, Politzirkus und Wirtschaftsirrwitz. Viele Handlungsstränge aus angenehm unterschiedlichen Milieus. Struktur ungewöhnlich;...more
The story is about William Cozzano who is running for president. A governor who due to a stroke gets operated. A biochip is inserted in his skull. This chip is linked to an advanced polling system giving him feedback from the electorate. The operation is paid by a group of powerful investors. The gro...more
But I digress. The book’s main focus is following an independent presidential candidate (William Cozzano) during an...more
1. This is amazing! Stephenson is an absolute genius! The detailed and clever way he has of describing things is just so good. No one else can do that like he can. He might be my favorite author of all time.
2. This book continues to be incredibly interesting, clever, smart and unexpected. Loving it.
3. Uh oh.... coming up on the end of the book, bracing myself for the train wreck that is a Neal Stephenson ending.
4. And... a spectac...more