SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR- CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 WARWICK PRIZE FOR WRITING
Across the globe, millions of computer screens flicker with the artfully coded world of T'Rain - an addictive internet role-playing game of fantasy and adventure. But backstreet hackers in China have just unleashed a contagious virus calle...more
Me: la la la I'm sure this will be edifying and weird.
Book: Yes this will be a book about math and philosophy and like, historical dudes J/K actually I am like 14 Die Hards all squished together!
Me: SHut up, I have to stop reading this and actually make a living!
Book: no YOU shut up!!
Me: Seriously, they say people need to sleep occasionally.
Book: Bitch, I am NOT DONE. I will TELL YOU when you can sleep.
Stephenson hasn’t made it easy on his fans since Cryptonomicon in 1999 with it and every book since being about 27,000 pages long while spanning the late 1600s in Europe to World War II to another world complete with it’s own languages and customs, and each book was also crammed with detailed information about topics like finance and code breaking. When I saw that ...more
Reamde operates in two gears: infodump and action, which makes for a potent combination. This fusion works because Stephenson has written a thriller. At first, I was surprised, but then I realized that "The Baroque Cycle" was also a thriller, just one set in an unusual period for the genre. Regardless, the infodump and the plot are what the thriller's all about.
Here's the thing. I like a fun crime novel. I read all the Stieg Larsson books. I ...more
This book is great, but it appears #TeamStephenson was expecting the opening of the Ark of the fucking Covenant.
If you want a smart, contemporary, geeky, international action thriller written by someone who just spent 10 years writing an epic about the connections between the tech of the 17th century and the tech of the 21st—in longhand, on, like, parchment, with a fountain pen, the showboating bastard—then read this.
It's fun. And ...more
The best parts of the novel are about the Chinese hacking and Gold Farming scene, the REAMDE virus- all classic slick Stephenson. Once we are back in Ameri ...more
“Birth and death,” Chet said. “The poles of human existence. We’re like meridians, all beginning and all ending in the same place. We spread out from the beginning and go our separate ways, over seas and mountains and islands and deserts, each telling our own story, as different as they could possibly be. But in the end we all converge and our ends are as much the same as our beginningsNeal Stephenson has taken the notion of a multi-player, on-line video game as the basis for an action novel ...more
So: your starter for 10. Is it Reamde? Remade? Reamed? Read Me?
Just working out the title can be a complication in itself. But then that’s what you should expect with Neal Stephenson’s books. It’s a well known adage in the genre that if you read Neal Stephenson’s books, you’re there for a long journey.
And so it goes with this one: over 1000 pages of small text, over 2 inches/6cm thick. (I measured it!)
For what is typical of Neal’s wo ...more
This book will teach you about how flight paths are planned, how to properly check the safety on a firearm, and how the best laid plans of mice and men of ...more
so karen sends me a signed copy of this book (she's so awesome), and i was really looking forward to getting it, having read stephenson before,so even though it's a very big book, i started reading it the day it arrived at my place.
so i start reading it, and initially, much to my disappointment ...more
One thing that did impress me, though, was the care that was put into ensuring the characters (good and bad ones) made logical decisions. None of Stephenson's characters here are stupid, and it was satisfying ...more
Anyway, I picked up Reamde hoping to get some of the old Stephenson cyber-thriller love again. And Reamde is a very good tale, action-packed and filled with a ton of interesting characters in a plot that wen ...more
Stephenson does massive sprawling books but I have to say that this needed to be 1000 pages and more to fit it all in. I enjoyed ...more
Here's my new and revised list of his books, in order of how much I like them:
Snow Crash (1992)
The Diamond Age (1995)
Interface (1994) & The Cobweb (1996)
The Big U (1984)
The Baroque Cycle (2003-2004)
I considered bumping Reamde up past Crytonomicon, but then decided, no, I really can't, because although Reamde is non-stop fun, Cryptonomicon was more interesting and in-depth, as far as its subject ma ...more
But honestly, I can't do either. REAMDE a good, long, and involving read. It fails ...more
Audio book: Malcolm Hillgartner is a pretty good narrator. He does a few voices/accents for some of the characters that adds a bit to the story. I will say clocking in at 38.5 hours this is a long one that most people can probably read faster themselves unless you listen to it sped up. I don't like to do that, so this one took me about 10 days to get ...more
The premise (and I don't think this is a spoiler) is the intrusion of a MMORPG (a massively multiplayer online role-playing game) on real life in unexpected (and potentially disastrous) ways -- not in a Tron-like player-gets-absorbed-into-the-game sense, but in a way that strikes me as so realistic (although ...more
This book wore me out. I loved it and I hated it. I felt like it could have been 400 pages shorter; but in the end, I would not change a word of it.
Incredible story of how a simple computer virus could be the start of international spy games, espionage, mercenaries, murderers, Jihadists, geeks, and even love?? Great story, characters; and a story that never seems to peak. Many times I wanted to put this book down, but there was always something happening and I just had to know what was go ...more
His books do make for good brain candy - some new speculative or descriptive idea on modern technology to wrap your head around. Reamde doesn't seem to focus on that as much as say, Anathema or Snow Crash, and instead more on the 'thriller' aspect instead of the 'philosophy of science and technology', and it is not quite as enjoyable.
Although it must be said that Stephenson does have a gi ...more
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