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Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson
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Sep 19, 2012

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Read from September 18 to 22, 2012

WOW. I know some people complain about Neal Stephenson's novels being long, but I was never one of them. I find his style meandering, but he always gets to the point and it's always interesting. But this book had a couple of items that just. Could not. Get through. The piece on Liebniz and Newton, for example, was pretty long and covered a lot of the material in the Baroque Cycle. That one I skipped. Everything else was enjoyable, but the Wired article entitled "Mother Board, Mother Earth" was a wee bit bloated. It details the history of telegraphy and cable-laying around the world, from the first trans-Atlantic cable to the latest in submarine cable technology. I liked this article but found it way too long.

I find his ideas on genre interesting but a bit limited, although I did love this line: "[Speculative fiction] is idea porn."

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