A really fascinating book, fairly early in Stephenson's career. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in sci-fi, nanotechnology, speculativ...moreA really fascinating book, fairly early in Stephenson's career. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in sci-fi, nanotechnology, speculative fiction, etc. However, I kind of wish he had written this one a bit later in his career when perhaps he is more 'comfortable' with extended narrative. this was about 450 pages. the last 20-30 pages were epic, and in my opinion, a bit rushed. those last chapters could have easily been expanded into at least a hundred pages or more (if he was writing it now, I think). its also a bit uneven, with important characters in the first half of the book not even being mentioned in the second half of the book. That being said, I would in no way say this book isn't worth reading. As always with his books its chocked full of fascinating ideas and a completely elaborate and well thought out world. I have to speculate that his books all take place in the same 'universe' (except for Anathem, of course, which takes place in a parallel universe). This books seems like it takes place in world which is the logical progression (80-100 yrs later)of the world introduced in Snow Crash. And I think the 'data haven' created in his book Cryptonomicon set up the possibility of the world of Snow Crash. And of course, the Baroque Cycle (which I plan on reading next) is a prelude to Cryptonomicon... but I digress.... The Diamond Age is an awesome book. Not Stephenson's best, but a damn good read.(less)
YEs, this book is hard to read and starts off slow, but its somehow intriguing and boring at the same time. (the first 300 pages take place in a monas...moreYEs, this book is hard to read and starts off slow, but its somehow intriguing and boring at the same time. (the first 300 pages take place in a monastery!) takes a while to get into the swing of the book, as a whole new world is being presented with a different history, language, etc. And a good chunk of this book is diaglog and conversations, and those are pretty dense. Not only filled w/history and whatnot of the book's world, but also stacked with science, philosphy, religion and more.
That being said, this book is fucking awesome. It's very cerebral, and has a slow buildup, but there is also great action and adventure, love, intresting and fleshed out characters, and overflowing with ideas. There are ideas presented in this book that literally blew my mind and I'll be thinking about them for years to come.
This is not a book for everyone. But if you don't mind taking your time to really get into the meat of book and becoming acquainted with complex and detailed world then you should check this out. I loved this book! And I want to read all of his books now.(less)
Quite easily, I can say that this is the most difficult and yet amazingly beautiful books I've ever read. Its certainly not for everybody. Its not wit...moreQuite easily, I can say that this is the most difficult and yet amazingly beautiful books I've ever read. Its certainly not for everybody. Its not without its falls. At least one section of the book "in the house of ax" is certainly slow and overlong (its the longest part of the 700 page book) and is unfortunately the least interesting part. And yet its the end of this chapter that is one of the most memorable impressions.
I spent a long time reading this book and had lots of questions as to what its about. That's a nearly impossible question to answer without sounding somewhat ridiculous. The book itself is a question without an answer. Its a challenge,inviting you on a long and difficult journey through chaos, the unconscious, living myth, and constant fundamental uncertainty of anything at any given moment.
Its also one of the most amazing pieces of prose I've ever read. The craftsmanship of Delany's writing is undisputed. The lyricism, the constant attention paid to every word, every rhythm and flow and alchemy of language never ceases through the entire length.
I can't recommend this book for everyone, but if you pick it up with the determination to face the challenge it presents you fill have a book experience unlike any other you've had.(less)
A terribly, terribly disappointing ending to an epic and sometimes awesome series. it was so bad it almost made be regret ever starting the series in...moreA terribly, terribly disappointing ending to an epic and sometimes awesome series. it was so bad it almost made be regret ever starting the series in the first place. The final confrontation between Roland and the Crimson King was just pathetic.
SPOILERS FOLLOW: the whole book is one 'deus ex machina' after another. and I mean that quite literally. king writes himself into the book, as the author of the book, in order to write the hero out of one inescapable situation after another. and then the final confrontation with the 'ultimate evil' of the world is just a crazy old dude with hand grenades. really. the force of evil that brought this entire world to chaos and ruin, and the only thing he battle the gunslinger with is some hand grenades. utterly disappointing. the series as a whole is very good, but some books are stronger, some weaker than others. the buildup throughout the series is amazing, but the payoff at the end was utterly lacking.(less)
One of the best graphic novels ever written. Its pace, its characters, its depth, its use of panels, and of a whole page of panels, is so unique and m...moreOne of the best graphic novels ever written. Its pace, its characters, its depth, its use of panels, and of a whole page of panels, is so unique and masterful.
If you like graphic novels that have a great story to tell and not just endless splash pages of big tits and biceps, then by all means you should read this.
Especially read it before the movie comes out. Know how great the original story is before hollywood does its thang.(less)
so far, this is the best of the clone wars books that I've read. (although I haven't read vol 3). It's written by Ostrander, who seems to be the best...moreso far, this is the best of the clone wars books that I've read. (although I haven't read vol 3). It's written by Ostrander, who seems to be the best person out there writing star wars comics right now. his series star wars legacy has been the most interesting and captivating and best written of all the star wars comics I've read. (albeit, my star wars comics reading isn't overly extensive).(less)
a pretty terrible adaption of the book. if you are interested in this story, just skip the graphic novel and read the actual book. couldn't even finis...morea pretty terrible adaption of the book. if you are interested in this story, just skip the graphic novel and read the actual book. couldn't even finish it.(less)