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He is clearly a clever fellow, but this book is way too much uninteresting manual labor for way too little payoff.
Once again, Neal Stephenson has brought us a fascinating world in astonishing detail, lovingly rendered and filled with characters we come to care for greatly.
This is the first book that I have turned back to the first page and began reading again immediately after finishing.
I don't read much science fiction anymore, but this was fun. A complex, puzzle-sort of fun to figure out where NS is going with this. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Tim Ismond
It's sprawling, it's messy, it's disjointed, it's obnoxiously didactic and occasionally logically incoherent, but it's magical. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Häkkinen Ville
Controls various philosophical points well: It was nice not wanting to make comments in the margins about getting this or that wrong. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Deb
Great story. A little slow to start, but it really gained its footing. I enjoyed the theoric discussions a lot. This is a story I will read several more times.Published 14 days ago by Jonathan
Difficult read. There seems to be no reason for the made up words. I could not make it thru the first chapter. Why would someone want to work this hard to read a story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Einstein
The book is amazing. The kindle edition is slightly frustrating, in that references in the text to the appendices are not links.Published 19 days ago by Dan
I have reread this book 6 times in 8 months.
But this book is clearly not for everyone. It is for readers that like a challenge. Read more
The first two hundred pages are dense. Incredibly, unnecessarily dense with minutiae. However, once the story picks up pace you can hardly stand to put it down to discover the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Colleen C
This is one of my favorite books. I bought the Kindle version to fix the one issue I have with it - its size. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Thom Barclay