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The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
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Jan 01, 14

bookshelves: fiction, cyberpunk, programming, scifi, steampunk
Read from December 24 to 31, 2013

Stephenson's writing usually tends to be flat with two-dimensional characters. The Diamond Age is no exception. Where Stephenson usually shines is in exploring interesting ideas, and The Diamond Age will definitely leave you thinking long after you've put it down: the repercussions of a future in which nano technology is ubiquitous, governments have been replaced by cooperating sovereign "tribes" (approaching some of the same anarcho-capitalist ideas in Snow Crash but from a different direction), the best way to educate a well-functioning society, etc. Unfortunately, the plot loses any sense of coherency two-thirds into the book and devolves into a confusing and unsatisfying ending.
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