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4.0 out of 5 stars A cyberpunk and WWII war story smashed into one
I don't usually place much weight into the book reviews publishers tag on back covers, but the review on this book really does describe it - this book is Tom Clancy mated with William Gibson with James Mitchner acting as a midwife.
Even though this book is an astounding 1200+ pages, it is an engrossing read. Like Mitchner, the story weaves the lives of many...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 900 pages but still not enough space for an ending
I wanted to like this book. I enjoyed Stephenson's earlier books and was looking forward to this one. Sadly the book's virtues did not outweigh its lame ending so that I can only give it a mediocre 3 rating.
Like his previous books, Stephenson creates a fascinating web of storyline and characters. I loved Bobby Shaftoe. I could totally relate to Randy. The characters...
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Keith Vaitkus


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1.0 out of 5 stars Literary Equivalent of a Cyber-Geek Wet Dream (Sorry), July 26 2000
This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Paperback)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Is there an Editor in the house?, Dec 2 1999
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This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Hardcover)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars For Geeks Only!, Nov. 15 1999
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This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Hardcover)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, ponderous, and self-absorbed, July 17 2000
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This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Paperback)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars too fragmented,and long, April 22 2001
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Dawit Fisseha (Geneva,Switzerland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Paperback)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many useless words, July 11 1999
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This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Hardcover)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Stephenson's next sci-fi -- this one's not it., June 20 1999
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This review is from: Cryptonomicon (Hardcover)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Cryptonomicon or a lesson in tedium, July 28 2003
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars A Painful Slog, Nov. 29 1999
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Please read Snow Crash or The Diamond Age., May 19 1999
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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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