Saturday, May 12, 2012

[books] Reamde

ReamdeReamde by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Better than Anathem worse than Snow Crash. Fast read and a lot of fun. Much more like Snow Crash than any other recent Stephenson book - almost like his comeback novel. This is a fast paced adventure through a bunch of countries - mixing in computers, security, terrorisms, guns and what have you. I have always loved Stephenson's detail - his computer environments, his knowledge of how computer security actually works - all quite legitimate. This adds a sense of believability to his books that I really enjoy. If you like vintage Stephenson (ie not the Baroque Cycle stuff), you'll like this.

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[books] Ready Player One

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fast, fun, awesome read. If you like Neal Stephenson, you'll like Cline. Immaculately researched, really readable, great combination of real and virtual worlds. Somewhat predictable, language is rather straightforward (unlike, say, Feersum Endjinn), but overall a wholly enjoyable read. Recommended.

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