Michael Battaglia

Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (35 of 41)
In My Own Words:
Hm, well I tend to read just about anything that comes my way, which you can probably figure just by looking through the numerous reviews that I've written (more than I remembered, I didn't believe I've been doing this for two years!), I read literature and science fiction mostly and love them both. When I'm not attempting to be a pharamcist I'm attempting to hammer out some writing of my own and… Read more


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The Confusion: Volume Two Of The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson
I think just as many people were bored with Quicksilver as excited by it and for those in the former catagory, I can only say that it does get better. Many of those complaints centered around the impression that the book wasn't going anywhere, that the plot was sort of nebulous and static and most of the time it was just hordes of characters talking about things that nobody cared about. Stephenson must have listened to his critics because a number of those problems have been fixed in this, the second volume of his enormous trilogy. This novel, still gigantic but not as huge as the first volume, continues the stories already in progress, but Stephenson cleans up the pacing somewhat by… Read more
Quicksilver:Volume One Of The Baroque Cycle by N. Stephenson
It's interesting to see how Stephenson continues to parallel Thomas Pynchon's career, at least on the surface. His first major novel "Snow Crash" was hailed as the cyberpunk equivilent to Pynchon's "Vineland" while "Cryptonomicon" was a giant novel set in WWII, not unlike "Gravity's Rainbow". And now here we are with a historical type drama crammed into three giant books. And what was Pynchon's last novel? Why, "Mason & Dixon" of course. I'm not saying that Stephenson is consciously trying to ape Pynchon and I think the similarities are mostly coincidence, hyped up by publishers who know that Pynchon's name carries literary weight… Read more
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Neal Stephenson tends to write for smart people, ergo, smart people tend to like his work. He writes in their language, the stuff of computers and math and physics and hackers and conspiracies and all that madness. My friends all like Neal Stephenson, because he writes about the things that they like and does it in a reasonably entertaining way. Me, I just can't get into it to any great degree. See, I've always found Stephenson to be somewhat overrated, with all the written praise about him treating him like he's the Second Coming of Something. Now I don't think this is his fault, he's only guilty of writing books that people seem to like . . . but I think the hype around him blows him… Read more