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on 31 August 2014
I loved this - though it pales into insignificance by comparison to the Baroque Cycle.
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on 11 October 1999
The latest book from Stephenson; not bad, but not doesn't immerse you in the culture the way that Snowcrash does. Some questionable John Wayne characters (one actually called John Wayne, obviously Neal's imagination is moving in worrying ways...) enliven the World War II part of the story, centred around a community of cyptographers and buried treasure in Asia, and a cliched bunch of hackers populate today's world in a narrative which moves easily from west to east, and from history to contemporary life. Worth a read if you're interested at all in crypto and the future of digicash; including a neat algorithm in perl (!).
Summary : worth a look if you have time for 1000 pages
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on 5 December 2015
Re-reading it for the fourth time. That kind of days it all, doesn't it?
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on 6 February 2015
Arrived on time and as advertised.
Really enjoyed the book, also
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on 9 May 2016
If the author could have refrained from dropping in huge lectures the book would have been infinitely better and a couple of hundred pages slimmer. As it is you have to keep running into huge chunks of indigestible prose that goes on for pages (literally, I skipped 18 pages of a lecture on how Athena relates to Plato's cave and that's fascinating compared to the chunks on pure maths and code breaking) and wreck any interest in the on going story that he had built up
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on 21 June 2003
the synopsis and other reviews say it all, although don't agree that the book is short on plot... it's not true. only addition i can make is that i have NEVER read a book six times - until Cryptonomicon. it's an extraordinary book and certainly rates as one of the all-time best i have ever read. in terms of vision, detail and mind-boggling work of imagination it's on the same par (even if the genre is completely different) as Dune. buy it. read it. then re-read it.
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on 12 June 2015
I think we could call this a classic of the cyber-punk genre.
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on 1 September 2014
Clever and many layered. Stephenson is a genius. A big read.
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on 24 September 2015
Outstanding novel of ideas. And very, very entertaining.
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on 29 September 2015
Excellent read especially if you enjoy cryptography.
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