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on May 4, 2004
I did not think this book was poorly written, but I did think the story was dry as day-old toast. Unless you're extremely interested in math, and you don't mind Neal Stephenson sounding a bit like he's trying to impress us all with just how much high-level math he understands, then read this book, otherwise I wouldn't bother.
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on April 1, 2001
What a dull, tedious, artless black brick of a book. Stephenson is not a bad a writer, but he's not talented enough to write a good book that's this long. He's no story-teller: his characters are cartoonish and forgettable, and he has no knack for language. But at least the book is funny in spurts.
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on March 1, 2001
After reading Snow Crash and loving it, I was very interested in reading this book. What a waste of time. It wasn't until the last few pages that a recognizable plot developed. The book kept skipping around between time periods, which became rather annoying. Just leave this on on the shelf!
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on August 6, 2011
Book arrived later than expected. That might have not been the shipper's fault, but they didn't bother responding to my email when I was trying to find out where the book was a week after it's due date for arrival. The book also came all out of shape because of the way it was packaged.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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