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Reamde: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 20, 2011
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, September 2011: Neal Stephenson is quite rightly known as a writer of ideas, but don't put it past him to pen a straightforward thriller. True, the plot of said thriller hinges on a massively multiplayer online game that's a step beyond what's actually available on the Internet circa 2011, but that's as far as the sci-fi goes. Enter "REAMDE," an online virus that brings together a super-rich CEO, a Chinese hacker, a rogue Russian mafioso, an assimilated East African beauty, an itinerant Hungarian software programmer, two insanely prolific fantasy writers, and guns, guns, guns. (The book features so much firepower that Stephenson enlisted what he calls a "ballistics copy editor.") It takes a veritable master of pacing to make a thousand pages feel like barely a third of that, but Stephenson is that master; his breakneck narrative starts fast and never, ever lets up. As such, Reamde is as likely to turn off fans of his more cerebral fiction as it is to gain him scads of new devotees. Regardless, it marks an inimitable highlight of this year's thriller roster. --Jason Kirk
“Stephenson’s REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller...a triumph, all 980 pages of it.” (Cory Doctorow, boingboing.com)
“Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller...Who’ll prevail? We don’t know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson’s knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of statisfying mayhem.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on REAMDE)
“Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story.” (Publishers Weekly on REAMDE)
“In less masterful hands, this pile-up of implausible coincidences, madcap romance, technological mayhem and nail-biting suspense might have been a train wreck, but Stephenson pulls it off. REAMDE has one of the most satisfyingly over-the-top endings of anything I’ve read in years. ” (Washington Post Book World)
“Nobody else writes like Stephenson” (Press Association (England) on REAMDE)
“Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, and—for the first time since Cryptonomicon—a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader....With REAMDE we have a very smart page-turner—a global chess game expertly played.” (Mental_Floss on REAMDE)
“REAMDE is...one big, carefully choreographed, jet-set square-dance of mayhem.” (Bloomberg News)
“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the < only one.” (Lev Grossman, Time magazine)
“There’s an intellectual pill buried deep in Mr. Stephenson’s narrative candy, one powerful enough that he deserves to be classified as a major national and international resource.” (Wall Street Journal on REAMDE)
“[Stephenson] makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin.” (International Herald Tribune on REAMDE)
“Reamde is an entertainment, an enormous, giddily complex one. There’s no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now’s the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity.” (San Francisco Chronicle on REAMDE)
“Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written.” (Boston Globe on REAMDE)
“Even at a thousand pages, Reamde is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself.…[A]n addicitve reading experience. You don’t so much read the book as tear whole hundred-page chunk out of it with your eyes.” (Stranger magazine on REAMDE)
“It’s hard to sum up a 1,000 page tome in a short review, so if you don’t feel like reading this rather long one, I’ll boil it down to three words: I loved it.” (Tor.com on REAMDE)
“After a decade of novels set in 18th century Europe and in alternate universes, Neal Stephenson triumphantly returns as a bestselling author to contemporary America.” (www.fantasyliterature.com)
“Stephenson, best-known for his genre-hopping novels, tackles tech-terrorism in Reamde.” (OakPark.Patch.com)
“A story that, despite its gargantuan heft, speeds along like a bullet train....The depth of the story, the attention to detail, the interlocking narratives and fine characterizations mark REAMDE as an immersive literary experience.” (Pittsburgh Tribune on REAMDE)
“REAMDE combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure.” (The Guardian on REAMDE)
“Stephenson somehow makes his crazy setup entirely plausible and tons of fun.” (Knoxville News-Sentinel on REAMDE)
“[REAMDE] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year, a book with the rare distinction of being one this reviewer wishes he had written.” (Irish Examiner on REAMDE)
“[A] rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism. ” (Sunday Times (London) on REAMDE)
Top customer reviews
It took me a little while to really get hooked in it. The whole book is a series of first person narratives that take place mostly concurrently in time, but because the cast of characters is so diverse it feels a little disjointed in the beginning. But I persevered and definitely got hooked. I realized how well both the characters and action was written when I found myself stopping at points thinking "who the hell is that guy" or "why does that even matter" or "this is the most ridiculous situation ever" but still feeling compelled to read on and see what happens next.
The pacing starts slow but is deliberate, and gradually builds in tempo like a fully loaded freight train, slowly but surely reaching Ludicrous Speed by the time the narratives all come together in space for the big ending clinic.
The one aspect that comes close to approaching Really Big Idea status is the logical extrapolation of the big MMO games, and how they might come to shape real world events outside their game scope in our reality. But it's almost like a side suggestion or an afterthought, as it's used primarily as a plot device rather than the main thrust of the book. Still a great idea, enjoyable, and good food for thought, but very much takes a sideline to the suspense and action of the story.
From almost any other author I would probably give this a 5 star. Coming from Stephenson I can't help but set a pretty high bar, so a solid 4 stars it is.
I would recommend this to my more technical friends, but I do not think it would be as exciting for those who are less technical or do not enjoy technical things (computers, games, decentralized currency, etc.) but the story alone may keep people's interests. It has spies and other items that people may enjoy.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Reamde?
The introduction of a new character who was spying on another party which all became a tangled mess when all people collide in one big story event.
Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was my favorite?
I thought the russian members were done very well by the narrator of the story. Great job overall.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved me?
Most of the characters were very well developed and I enjoyed some of the romance and relationships the author developed, so at times when things went bad in these events were moving to me.
The plot is complex, but still understandable for the average person. The story takes you all across the globe, weaving together the adventures of Russian mobsters, Chinese hackers, Islamic terrorists, and a big-shot game developer.
Many Stephenson fans complain that "Reamde" isn't as "deep" as some of his other books like "Cryptonomicon," but that's exactly why I love it. I felt Stephenson's later books, like "Cryptonomicon" and "Quicksilver," were too complicated, probably geared towards people smarter than average. I prefer his older works, like "Snow Crash" and "The Big U," and "Reamde" felt like a throwback to that older Stephenson style.
As with all of his other novels, Stephenson's cast is great, because unlike so many "serious" authors he actually *cares* about his own characters. They have ages, physical descriptions, pasts, opinions, etc. The fact that he's able to write strong women who aren't "sexy," and ethnic minorities who aren't shallow stereotypes, is also a big plus. In "Reamde" you'll meet Richard Forthras, a semi-conservative ex-pot-smuggler-turned-computer-game-developer who will stop at nothing to protect his family; a young Eritrean orphan-turned-adopted Iowan with a head on her shoulders; a feisty Chinese tea seller; a Russian mobster with morals; a calm, calculating terrorist leader; a female secret agent bent on catching him; and more.
I've seen a few reviews where people complained that the foreign characters thought too much like Americans, but I disagree. I know and have met people in different countries (thanks to the Internet) and a lot of them share the same values about equality, pop culture, etc. And if people like Yuxia, Marin, and Sokalov are the minority in their country, then it still stands to reason that they would be the ones who wind up sympathizing and getting involved with the American protagonists.
Stephenson's writing is always unique and entertaining. But, alas, the pacing....god GOD the pacing. The beginning is horribly slow, and the story takes forever to get rolling. And even after it does, there is still a horribly bland subplot about the game developers that barely contributed to the story, and could easily have been trimmed. When I re-read "Reamde" (and I know I will) I know which scenes I'll be skipping.
This book is amazing, whether you're a Stephenson fan or not. If you've already read "Snow Crash," "The Big U," and "the Diamond Age," then you know it just takes patience before the story gets fantastic. If not, then you gotta take my and every other Stephenson fan's word for it. Give "Reamde" a chance. It's worth it.
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