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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (Aug. 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006147410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061474101
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 10.3 x 16.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Bungay Stanier on Sept. 30 2008
Format: Hardcover
There is something really wonderful about picking up a new book
that's over 900 pages long and every one of them is worth reading slowly
- no skimming ahead - really reading and enjoying every word. Neal
Stephenson's new book is a masterpiece-and boy can I see a movie in this!

It has great writing, a fantastic creation of a world like ours yet not,
set in a future that is not very pretty - the secular world is a
post apocalyptic landscape wasted by years and years of war,
pollution, and rise and fall of societies, resulting in a general population
that lives to consume the latest in gadgets, fast food and entertainment.
Sound familiar?

There is another society, behind concent (or convent/monastic)
walls where the inhabitants are devoted to knowledge - to slowly and
carefully thinking through the big philosophical, mathematical and
scientific ideas, for both the preservation of their own society, but also
for the good of the outside world. In fact their society is allowed to
exist for this purpose. Yet they are viewed with suspicion by the world
outside their walls. What are they doing in there? They dress funny, they
speak funny and they just must be up to something. But enter an alien
threat to the secular world and these scholars are drafted into whatever
fight may come.

Our protagonist Fra Erasmus is 19 years old, and the story is
told from his point of view - which is truly wonderful. He's a teenager,
but he's also part of that scholarly world of ideas and these combine to
make a smart, older than his years,witty, engaging character whose
heroic journey makes a riveting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexander H. Tsang on Sept. 26 2008
Format: Hardcover
This magnificent novel is now my favorite book of all time. Stephenson's storytelling is superb, with wonderful thought and attention to detail and many humorous touches. The world that he builds in this book is complex and imaginative, with its own vocabulary and some really staggering ideas as part of its lore. Some people might be put off by some of the philosophical dialogues, but to me this book is a masterpiece.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By vrai on March 14 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having gone through this short novel (Stephenson short), I find myself all the more impressed with his sudden jumps in form and imagination, from 'Zodiac' to 'Cryptonomicon', through the historical novels, and now this.

In brief, if you enjoyed 'Snow Crash', but were rolling your eyes through the historical novels, this is his closest return to hard sci-fi... and it is very hard sci-fi. Be prepared for a difficult, but ultimately rewarding read. 'The Diamond Age' should prepare you better.

If you enjoyed the historical novels, then you should appreciate the detailed interactions between all the characters in Anathema, but it is harder to keep the 'minor' characters segregated. The plot is not as expansive, but then again, the book is only 900 pages long.

Therefore I strongly urge potential readers to actually read this book, knowing that it is not simple, nor simplistic, but as subtle as really good chocolate.

Neal Stephenson has likened himself to the mayor of Des Moines in terms of his relative fame (some 200,000 might recognize his name) and I consider myself a resident of his community. It gives me some annoyance to see excellent ratings from those who follow Stephenson for this, his most recent book, but, with all due respect, misinterpretating what they are reading.
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By Alex Fischer on June 30 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Neal Stephenson is brilliant - how does he come up with these ideas ...? This is a good, long read.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2013
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Well written and complex at times. Fascinating story and one Mr Stephensons great books. I loved it and recommend it.
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This book was guaranteed to get mixed reviews. For me, at the onset, it was a slow start and I had to keep flipping to the glossary. Which I don't mind but it can be frustrating. But as I got deeper into the book, I went wow! The storytelling is amazing and I love Stephenson constantly used humor throughout the book. All too many SF writers forget humor works in SF. Lio obsession of vlor extending from ants to plants and weeds to re-enact a famous battle is priceless. The book is complex with Terran ideas adjusted. It delves into fascinating philological concepts. It takes time to get to know the planet, people, customs and language. The characters jump out of the page and when some die, it hurts. For me, it was well worth the effort. As I reached the end, I didn't want to close the book but I had to. I have reread it two times and am still picking things I missed the previous times.
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By Da 1 Like Damaja on April 23 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finished reading this yesterday, and it's so good I immediately felt like reading it again. Even at 981 pages, it seems too short a time spent immersed in this world Stephenson has created. The characters are likeable, and despite the strange circumstances of their lives, are easy to relate to. I found myself wanting to converse with Erasmas at times, to contribute my own knowledge to a situation, or to learn, or just to know more about him and other characters.

Much like Snow Crash, this is a world that is different and exotic, yet in many ways very recognizably like our own.
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