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- Print Length: 1010 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; Reissue edition (August 26, 2008)
- Publication Date: September 9, 2008
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0015DPXKI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Once you hit the point the seclusion breaks down and the protagonist is headed out into the world, though, it kicks into the kind of speed that Neal Stephenson is known for. The rest of the book blazes past as the young Raz is put through trial after trial. The final two chapters I simply couldn't put the book down. it was that kind of entertaining. You forget all about the language replacements and the place the story started.
Readers should be cautioned that at many, many points characters break into Socratic dialogues on various subjects. Many of these topics return later to be re-dialogued with new information, or the subject matter actually plays out in the story. if you don't like reading about people talking at length about complex ideas, you may not like portions of this novel. If you are annoyed that this novel's invented language seems like a copy paste replacement of key words instead of a genuine language, well I think that's a valid critique but I wasn't as bothered by it.
However if you are intrigued by the theories behind multiple universes, convergent universes, spaceflight, logic puzzles you will find all of them represented well in this novel. If you just want a neat science fiction novel with a grand adventure across continents and elsewhere, this could be your book.
Like many of the 1 star reviews I didn't give this book the chance it deserved the first time I tried to read it. My second attempt though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Give it a go, maybe you'll love it too.
Filled with mind bending philosophical questions, discussions and debates. Built in a fantastically complex yet very cohesive and coherent universe. I loved the characters, the storytelling... I loved everything about this book. It instantly became one of my favourite books ever.
The story is slow and this is nowhere near what I would call "action packed"... but it made me think and reflect like very few books have.
I loved this book and I wish I could be more eloquent in describing it. But I will definitely be reading it again.
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