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Reamde by Neal Stephenson
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Sep 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, literary-fiction, sci-fi, science
Recommended for: people who like Crichton, Vonnegut, Clancy, etc

Neal Stephenson has his fingers on the pulse of the thriving geek subculture, offering up another sprawling and absolutely engrossing brick of a novel. REAMDE is equal parts techno-thriller, geeky philosophic navel-gazing, and serious littérature, invoking both Crichton and Vonnegut with the author’s acute skill for writing the thrilling and the absurd. A large, compelling and wholly unique cast of characters—including former spetsnaz hired guns, terrorists, San Francisco hackers, insane Russian gangsters, MI6 agents, Chinese gold farmers, and billionare man-child virtual architects—get caught up in the crossfire of a hacking scheme gone bad. But underneath the slapstick plot, there’s some seriously high-minded world building and techy speculation. REAMDE is a meaty, complicated tour-de-force of “idea porn” wrapped in a satirical page-turner, and sure to please sci-fi and espionage fiction fans equally

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