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3.0 out of 5 stars Is a book or a film script?, 23 July 2012
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This is another big fat book from Neal Stephenson. I'm a fan, having enjoyed every book so far but unfortunately not this one.

A very interesting take on the relationship between a World of Warcraft clone (don't worry you need only to know such things exist!), its money earning potential, and the dabbling in a get rich quick scheme which accessed international crime with deadly results, rapidly bloated into an exhausting and almost never-ending chase movie, courtesy of a terrorist cell being attacked in the mistaken belief that it was the bunch of criminals using the game to scam loads of money. Amateurs, criminals, and mercenaries blundered about; slightly rogue US and UK spies did their own thing to a large extent, and gun-toting independents in the woodlands of NW USA blasted a bloody conclusion. The whole was cast with barely believable characters from the US, Europe and Asia, with new ones appearing as fast as they were knocked down, and there were tackily obvious love interests with equally obvious conclusions that would have warmed the frozen heart of any bean-counting Hollywood producer. Frankly, I was bored and exhausted by the end, and at no point cared about any of the characters. It would make a fast moving and violent mini-series - perhaps that's what the author is trying to get into?

This was writing by numbers - throw in enough characters and crises and you're going to appeal to enough people enough of the time I suppose. The only reason I finished it was a perverse desire to see what ludicrous schemes were used to resolve the plot.
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