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Cryptonomicon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Simply wonderful

This is one of those books that never seems to end, and when it finally does, you wish it would go on forever. The writing of Neal Stephenson is absolutely second to none. It is intelligent, dense, and full of metaphors that make one laugh out loud. It also traverses mu...
This is one of those books that never seems to end, and when it finally does, you wish it would go on forever. The writing of Neal Stephenson is absolutely second to none. It is intelligent, dense, and full of metaphors that make one laugh out loud. It also traverses multiple timelines in a compelling fashion. The characters are unforgettable -- similar to those found in Catch-22, these characters will be with me forever.

If you are into straightforward plots, do not like tangential meanderings about the mathematics behind one's sexual drive, and are not at all interested in technology, then this book is definitely not for you. If you love history, technology, scientific writing, and sheer quirkiness, this book is a must read! Just give yourself about a month to get through it -- it is not a fast read by any stretch.

posted by Ian_Mule on May 20, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Boring

I quit halfway thru the book. It's boring and confusing and drrraaaggggssss on and on.

posted by wcw1942 on July 22, 2010

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Ties it all together well

    While I did not like it as well as the Baroque Cycle, it was a good read. One neat feature was that it made a lot of references to the aforementioned trilogy and that was fun to catch on to. The main characters are decendants of the characters from the trilogy.

    Since it was only one book the characters did not develop/grow as much as if there had been more than one volume. Also, I thouht that the climax and conclusion of the book came suddenly, went quickly, and left me wondering what happened. I was not sure if all the questions were solved to the extent I was expecting. Despite that it was a fun book to read and I would recommend it to anyone.

    I think this book was actually first, so most of what I said above makes sense and is quite forgivable given that data point! Too bad I am out of books about Shaftoes and Waterhouses!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    Good but long

    I had waited for Stephenson's next work to emerge for a while (having previously enjoyed Snow Crash and Zodiac). The wait was worth it. I was a bit daunted by the size of the book but found that it kept together well and the segmented story between Randy (present), Bobby (WWII) and Waterhouse (WWII) was employed to great effect. The characterisations were fairly good - having worked with people in most of the areas in the book (military, cryptowenies, and hackers) I felt that they were true to form. This is a good read and I would recommend it, but do not expect to finish it overnight. A previous reviewer stated that the editing was not good and the book should have been 50% shorter. I could not dissagree more. I think that the time spent explaining the math and so on is needed to get the true level of irony and pathos that Stephonson was aiming for.

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