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on 24 February 2012
Parts of Reamde are classic Neal Stephenson. He has a brilliant gift for taking technical, dry subjects and writing accessible, exciting, believable fiction over the top of it. The reader invariably learns something along the way. This stuff is fantastic and Reamde is full of it.
What Neal can't do is write action. A pity as the parts of book are Tom Clancy-ish at times and I found either dull or nonsensical. Perhaps this was here to make the novel more attractive to a wider audience. From this reader, who reads action/thriller pulp as well, the action parts needed more work. A star down for this.
But don't let that put you off. The world Neal creates is interesting, real and the story great. I enjoyed it very much.