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ReamDe

Neal Stephenson. I've liked him since "Snowcrash". He lost me on "Cryptonomicon", which I just could NOT get into. ReamDe is entry-level Stephenson; not too esoteric, with lots of action and exotic locales to keep a new reader's interest. I enjoyed it as being fiction that I could read at the end of the day to unwind. It started with a thieving troll in an online MMORPG and takes a left turn into jihadists. Decent non-white female characters are a welcome find; arguably the main character is an Eritrean-American woman. Not life changing, but an enjoyable read.

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selenite
Aug. 13th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
I like Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon. I read Baroque Cycle once and don't regret it, but won't be doing it again. Anathem I bounced out of. Too many neologisms and the setting strained my suspenders. Reamde I love. I wish he'd done more with the ideas thrown about for MMOs interacting with the real world but it's still a fun ride.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the book resulted from the thought "What would it take to actually get some jihadis dropping in on those guys?"
garpu
Aug. 13th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I've heard it's good. Anathem I liked, but I've only got it on audiobook, and it's one of those you can't take a break from. Dissertation interrupted, and I never finished it. (Same thing happened to the Baroque Cycle.)
wombat_socho
Aug. 13th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation, even though I rather enjoyed Cryptonomicon -especially the chapter on Admiral Yamamoto's death, because it is hilarious in a macabre way. Or maybe I'm just sick.
So now I have another Stephenson novel to read after I finish the rest of the Baroque Cycle. :)
daveon
Aug. 13th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Fascinating, because I *love* Cryptonomican and couldn't finish ReamDe.
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