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The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
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Mar 28, 2007

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bookshelves: fiction, cyberpunk, programming, scifi, steampunk

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long after you've put it down: the repercussions of a future in which nano technology is ubiquitous, governments have been replaced by cooperating sovereign "tribes" (approaching some of the same anarcho-capitalist ideas in Snow Crash but from a different direction), the best way to educate a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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Reading Progress

March 28, 2007 – Shelved
March 28, 2007 – Shelved as: fiction
December 24, 2013 – Started Reading
December 31, 2013 – Finished Reading
January 1, 2014 – Shelved as: cyberpunk
January 1, 2014 – Shelved as: programming
January 1, 2014 – Shelved as: scifi
January 1, 2014 – Shelved as: steampunk

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