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5.0 out of 5 stars
Stephenson's best, 3 Dec 2009
Having read everything by Neal Stephenson, I can honestly say that this is his very best. He balanced all his familiar themes - scholarship, technology, philosophy, mysticism (is there such a thing as scientific mysticism) and politics beautifully. Although long, it didn't leave me exhausted like The Baroque Cycle - in fact it finished too soon.
My only criticism is a small one - his women. They are all too perfect. Not that women aren't indeed, lovely, intelligent, well organized and constant in general, but it becomes predictable after a while.
Blimey - I loved this book. I think I might start again from the beginning now.