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  •  if you like ebooks and haven't read his Reamde yet (5+ / 0-)
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    cfk, No Exit, Brecht, P Carey, RiveroftheWest

    it's available everywhere for $2.99 till the end of the month. (In print it's over 1000 pages long, so this is a great price.) I loved Reamde, liked it much better than Snow Crash, Anathem or Quicksilver, though not as much as Crytonomicon. I loved that it was complicated but never confusing, unfolding in several countries with distinct casts of characters that came together at the end. I thought it was extraordinarily well crafted--the kind of thriller that needs to be 100% tight to work, and it definitely worked. And speaking of creating new worlds, Stephenson created an impressive one within a (made up) computer game.

    "I am sure of very little, and I shouldn't be surprised if those things were wrong." Clarence Darrow

    by scilicet on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:40:26 AM PDT

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    •  Cryptomomicon is the only one ive read... (3+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, cfk, RiveroftheWest

      i am still holding off on ereaders...  for some reason i prefer adding more bookshelves.  i have read some books on my iPad from Gutenberg press; most memorably an Oscar Wilde play about an Englishman who is blackmailed into throwing his support publicly behind a canal scheme in Central America which is essentially a pyramid scheme type swindle.

      Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

      by No Exit on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:02:17 AM PDT

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