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Neal Stephenson

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Books by Neal Stephenson


Anathem (2008)

Anathem is a philosophical science fiction novel. It tells the story of the planet Arbre through the eyes of Erasmus as he and his planet face a time of uncertainty and decisions.The community Erasmus belongs to values ideas - especially philosophical and metaphysical ideas. Part of the fun I h...

Anathem (2008) by Neal Stephenson

Reamde (2011)

how long has it been since Stephenson wrote a pure thriller? Zodiac? never? and how many thrillers go 1044pp. the notion is fast, the action is non-stop. how could this work at that length? but it does. it moves so fast there are sparks on the rails. and there's no orientation period, not much La...

Reamde (2011) by Neal Stephenson

The Mongoliad: Book Three (2013)

This was probably the best of The Mongoliad trilogy, though I didn't enjoy as much as I enjoyed the prequels included in the kindle editions of the three books. The trilogy follows four main events: the Khan's circus in Hunern, the Shield Brethren's quest to kill the Khagan, the happenings in the...

The Mongoliad: Book Three (2013) by Neal Stephenson

Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing (2012)

At this point, I think it's fair to classify myself as a serious Neal Stephenson fan. That being said, not everything in this collection appealed to me. However the forward to Everything and More, Arsebestos, the Salon Interview, Metaphysics in the Royal Society and the Slashdot Interview were we...

Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing (2012) by Neal Stephenson

Mongoliad, The: Book Three (2013)

This is a loooong trilogy, and that's coming from someone who quite enjoyed Stephenson's Quicksilver trilogy. The Mongoliad makes the Quicksilver trilogy look simple and concisely written. There are interesting characters and stories being told, but even so it gets really slow going and felt like...

Mongoliad, The: Book Three (2013) by Neal Stephenson

Mongoliad 3. Kitap (2013)

I was really disappointed at The Mongoliad series and book 3 was a total let down. Book 1 was awesome, but the two later books was a total waste of time. It seems like Neal Stephenson and company lost focus after writing book 1. I thought that book 3 would never end because all you ever read is t...

Mongoliad 3. Kitap (2013) by Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon (2002)

One of the problems when reviewing Cryptonomicon is that you could easily end up writing a short novel just trying to summarize it. Here’s my attempt to boil the story down to its essence.During World War II, Lawrence Waterhouse is a genius mathematician who is part of the effort to break Japane...

Cryptonomicon (2002) by Neal Stephenson

The Confusion (2005)

Deeper into the wordy quagmire that is Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle. As with Quicksilver, this volume contains a considerable dose of magical moments dissolved in a nearly impenetrable sea of overdone gibberish. It’s brilliant gibberish, but not brilliant enough to make this book shine the...

The Confusion (2005) by Neal Stephenson

Quicksilver (2004)

He may be over it by now (as I have not read any of his more recent work), but I’m convinced that at the time he was writing Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle (of which Quicksilver is the first volume), the first thing Neal Stephenson did every morning right after getting out of bed was to sham...

Quicksilver (2004) by Neal Stephenson

The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (2000)

I love fiction set in the Victorian era. Sexually-repressive mores and cool, arrogant superiority aside, the Victorians embody a sense of order and etiquette that often escapes us these days. They had protocols for social interaction—protocols embedded in unfortunate distinctions between classe...

The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (2000) by Neal Stephenson

Interface (2005)

This is a wonderful political adventure novel, with a thin vein of science fiction running through it. If all political thrillers were this smart, snappy, funny, and thought-provoking, I would read a lot more of them. Or perhaps Clancy is a real knee-slapper and I just don't remember. But Interfa...

Interface (2005) by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash (2000)

Disliking this book seemed quite impossible. After all, it had all the necessary ingredients: the pervasive air of nerdy geekiness (or, perhaps, geeky nerdiness), an unexpected take on linguistics, a kick-ass female character, a parallel (virtual) reality, a hefty helping of (admittedly, overexag...

Snow Crash (2000) by Neal Stephenson

In the Beginning...Was the Command Line (1999)

A few dud universes can really clutter up your basement.- Neal Stephenson, "In The Beginning. . . was the Command Line"What a fun read. It's about technology, sure, but more about culture. Neal takes a good look at operating systems, why we get emotionally involved with them, and why Windows is...

In the Beginning...Was the Command Line (1999) by Neal Stephenson

The System of the World (2005)

With this enormous volume, the Baroque Cycle comes to a close. While there is the same kind of speeding up, adding new plot threads and jumping from one set-piece action scene to another that is typical of Stephenson's endings, I thought he actually succeeded at tying everything up in this one. I...

The System of the World (2005) by Neal Stephenson

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