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Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
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Aug 10, 2007

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, science, science-fiction
Read in August, 2007

This book was good, but for me it did not come to the point of greatness that many other reviewers place it at. While I like Stephenson's style and way of including so much information that I want to know, I do not appreciate his wordiness, and lack of an ending. There are other long books that I have liked more, so I don't think it was just the length. I did enjoy the multiple plotlines and the way that new ones were introduced just when you had gotten a grasp on everything that was happening in the story. I suffered from a lack of female characters. One really good one does not make up for the extreme dearth in the rest of the book. Oh wait, there was one other one, but as a woman who was only portrayed as someone who used sex to help her move up and out of her position in life, I just can't appreciate her that much. Also, the fact that the main character trait of Amy Shaftoe, adventurer extraordinare, according to her father is that she's lonely, doesn't really make me happy.

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