- Paperback: 880 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (2 June 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008132542
- ISBN-13: 978-0008132545
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.8 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway’ Newsweek
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I went in to this book knowing very little about it, and I had no clue as to the meaning of the title. I found this was a good way to approach this book, because as each new plot point was revealed, my enjoyment increased. So, while it's not my fav book by Neal Stephenson, still, it's a fascinating book, and well worth your time.
There is just far too much technical writing going on for what are completely invented technologies and worlds, so the end result is something that is drastically hard to follow. Much of the time it feels like you are reading a physics or engineering textbook and in the rare moments the book does open up into an actual plot, the scenarios are fairly standard, the characters one dimensional and the dialogue clipped and emotionless.
I guess that's the hard thing about sci fi - getting the right mix of scientific imagination and engaging writing. This book unfortunately fishy come close to pulling it off.
We get a much greater slice of the subtle, genuinely amusing observations of the characters that we saw in 'Snow Crash', 'Zodiac' and 'Diamond Age', that tended to get plowed under in his more cumbersome epics (like the 'System of the World' series).
Readable by the layperson and acceptable by the hard-core physics sci-fi geeks, it ranked highly on my "can't put it down, kept reading late in to the night when I should be asleep" scale.
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