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Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
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Nov 24, 2011

really liked it

I'm late to the party on this one by a factor of Lots, but I thoroughly enjoyed this.

The language is crisp and clever, the characters are interesting, and the protagonist manages to surf that delicate edge of being an antihero without being *too* obnoxious - although it's not perfect in that regard.

We follow an ecological vigilante who has dedicated his life to hounding corporations dumping waste into the environment and shutting them down, who finds himself dealing with a mysterious toxic calamity unfolding in Boston harbour itself, with ramifications that could go global.

The story is where the book really comes to life. The science is educationally factual, internally consistent and appropriately chilling, and there are elements to the way it develops that don't count as twists in the classical sense, but I was nonetheless kept guessing about where it was going to go.

It's also a Stephenson book with a *solid ending,* which is where criticisms of his books are often directed.

Entirely recommended.

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