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
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!
But I digress. The book’s main focus is following an independent presidential candidate (William Cozzano) during an ...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
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
And like with all Stephenson books, this delivers memorable characters and settings. There seems to be a bit more humor in ...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
Most of the characters were ...more
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
I missed it originally perhaps as it was released under Stephen Bury pseudonym.
If it was published today it would be on-topic and current.
For a book released in 1994 it is strikingly prescient, to be expected of Neal.
Having completely enjoyed this romp through conspiracy theory, now I have to take the authors to task a bit. The trope of a hidden network of u ...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
The only problem I have with this book is that it contains an embarrassing amount of spelling- and type errors. Where was the editor??
It doesn't really matter if a brain chip to control politicians really exists. A candidate who wants to win has to follow his advisors anyway as having a chip implanted.