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The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
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Oct 21, 2010

did not like it
Read from February 20 to March 13, 2011 — I own a copy

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Neal Stephenson
“Nell," the Constable continued, indicating through his tone of voice that the lesson was concluding, "the difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people—and this is true whether or not they are well-educated—is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations—in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward.”
Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

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message 1: by Mine (new) - rated it 1 star

Mine the action starts at page 80. seriously. the author could have started the novel with the loss of the primer and gradually reveal its importance or the back story (which isn’t much) as he moves the story forward. i don’t know if he has good reason why he did what he did since i’m only one-quarter done with the book, but the first 79 pages were really quite frustrating. frankly, i was starting to wonder how this won the hugo. but things are getting interesting now. i still have some hopes for this book.

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