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Reamde by Neal Stephenson
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Oct 24, 11

bookshelves: speculative-fiction, science-fiction

i really loved this book and although 1000+ pages long i couldn't put it down. i was lukewarm on his previous books ("cryptonomicon" was pretty good and "anathem", i just couldn't ever connect too and stopped halfway through)

overall stephenson is the king of the rathole/rabbit hole, where he stops the action to nerd-vamp on the background details of a plot point, character history, or any other shiny thing that seems to catch his fancy. i love that stuff but in previous books that was all that i liked about his books. finally in "Reamde" he actually has a story that is fast paced enough and interesting ("ripped from the headlines") so that if you pay a moderate amount of attention to the recent zeitgeist you will be rewarded of his great ability to connect the dots to create a very interesting narrative that if not already true, it's 'truthiness' is an interesting enough yarn to tie together all of the interesting set-pieces he conjures up along the way.
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