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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2000
Got 600 pages into this book and finally threw it out the window. Extremely thin plot, zero character development, and it doesn't go anywhere. Everybody's been saying this is the cybertech Gravity's Rainbow. Here's a suggestion: go read Gravity's Rainbow instead, a real book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 1999
Although this book's premise is engaging I find wading through his murky prose at times unbearable. His style often makes me think he gets paid by the word. He remains a writer in desperate need of a editor. Also there are typos in the book a spell checker would catch.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 1999
This book could easily be cut in half. It rambles in so many areas -- going into mind-numbing detail about unimportant subjects. Don't waste your time unless your idea of a good weekend is writing new computer operating systems. (And I'm a computer consultant.)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2000
I was only able to get to page 64 of this clunker. Genitalia is mentioned often; the author even manages to slip in a reference during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
I should mention that I am not a fan of cyberpunk, and thought Snow Crash was only OK.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2001
Although the story had a potential there is not a cluster of more than three pages which can keep the readers interest for more than a few minutes.Overall the book is way too long and too fragmented between one too many settings to be a good read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 1999
This books attempts to entertain through the excessive use of words. Thick with simple witty comments and useless descriptions, this quick read drags on endlessly and finishes with a dull quiet thud.
Pass until it comes in paperback.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 1999
Totally unlike Snow Crash or Diamond Age, this novel lacks any sci-fi imagination and instead is a disjointed journey from WW2 cryptography to modern data warehousing. I finally gave up trying to follow the plot after 400 pages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2003
I found this book to be tedious in the extreme.It is way too wordy and is very disjointed.I am an avid reader but the only thing I could look forward to with this book was finishing it so I could finally put the darn thing away!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 1999
Picked this up with high expectation--disappointment grew with each passing page. It was a struggle to finish this overblown exercise in irrelevant minutia--could easily have been halved. Take a pass on this one...
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on May 19, 1999
The ambition is admirable, but this book is more tedious than Dickens at his worst. Snow Crash is one of the great sci-fi novels of our time. This is not. Please don't waste your money or time with it.
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