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This review is from: Reamde (Hardcover)After the epic historical sweep of the Baroque Cycle novels the chunkiness of Reamde was attractive yet the experience of reading it was a huge disappointment. At around 1000 pages there is some space in here for development of Stephenson's trademark themes of science and technology but, MMORPG T'Rain aside, there is none. This leaves a pedestrian "thriller" which wouldn't look out of place on a Dan Brown reader's bookshelves with nowhere near the amount of side plots, set pieces or actual plot to justify its extreme length.
I loved the aforementioned Baroque novels and Snow Crash is one of my all time favourites but this was a terrible diasppointment, perhaps there may heve been a decent 300 page novel within somewhere but due, I suspect, to lack of editing, this is nowhere to be found.