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Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, March 21 2012
I'm a Stephenson groupnik. I own all the books he has written, save one. If I get started on the Baroque Trilogy or on Anathem or on Zodiac, it's difficult to stop me. To the point that my family religiously avoids to bring me in "started" mode relative to these.

But I don't get Reamde. Attention, mild spoilers follow.

The catchiness stops at the title misspelling (complete with the geek culture reference). The rest is just some book. I realize I might be overly harsh, because I hoped for a story and levels of creative imagination made almost a requirement by the other Stephenson books. But this is how I think now (two months after finishing reading). I promise that,… Read more
Rule 34 by Charles Stross
Rule 34 by Charles Stross
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is definitely the best Stross book to date, to me. Powerful, delicately ciselled, subtle and frightful, all at the same time. Stross lived his characters out to an extent I rarely encountered outside Herbert and Heinlein. The ending is a bit fizzing (it's as if the author lost patience or suddenly lacked time -- the tone is there but the ideas are shot in rapid succession). Nevertheless, it stays powerful thanks to the absolutely frightening ideas it instills in my sorry meat brain.

Second person narration from all characters is annoying at first, but in the end it becomes evident that this choice of technique plays a very subtle but well defined role (I dare say is almost a… Read more
Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
Saturn's Children by Charles Stross
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there, Nov. 24 2009
I discovered Charles Stross recently (well, relative my (too) long history on Earth, he [i]started[/i] recently) but I learned to enjoy his movie-like stories, with Halting State definitely taking the palm.

Yet, Saturn's Children didn't quite make it for me, at least not like the others. I even read Iron Sunrise before Singularity Sky and I still liked each separately and both together better than Saturn's Children.

Well, I should be honest and start by saying that I think my judgment on this book to be highly subjective, more so than what I use to utter.

Yes, I can get Stross' (masterfully achieved) attempt to emulate Asimov and Heinlein. I can identify… Read more

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