Aug 06, 11
Read from August 03 to 06, 2011
Did you like Cryptonomicon?
Then you'll probably find this book at least interesting.
Did you find Cryptonomicon an infuriating collection of tangents that wound it's way far too slowly to the conclusion?
Then avoid this book like the plaque.
It is vitally important that you understand Neal Stephenson's style of writing. Can you enjoy reading 15 pages on the Genealogy of someone mentioned in passing by a minor character in the book, and then skip 2 decades of the main characters life with little more then the comment "He went off to war and returned alive."?
I love his writing style. I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of the scientific experiments performed, the observations made, and the conclusions (some correct, some erroneous) that moved science forward.
The book is apparently about 900 pages long, and the entire trilogy is about 3000. Be prepared to make a commitment to a verbose author who can wander aimlessly for a hundred pages at a time.