This was one of those books that hooks you in from the first word to the last. There's too much to tell in such a small summary. The only downside (if you want to call it a downside) is that the book comes to an abrupt halt. It basically ends at the last "page", but can basically be attributed to Stephenson's brute-force, no-nonsense writing style.
One of the worst sci-fi books I have ever read. The writing alternates between purple prose and deadening exposition interspersed with some all-too-few descriptions of place. The plot reveals the author's superficial understanding of biological and linguistic evolution, ancient civilizations, and religion. The main character is African-American/Chinese, yet this comes off as a shallow attempt at PC, especially considering the utter lack of a discussion of Eastern religions in the excruciatingly long passages on religion-as-virus. The characters are almost all, with the exception of YT perhaps, little more than expositors. Reads like a tech manuel: a souless and brain-numbing execution of some interesting ideas. Consequently, this book represents 16 hours of wasted time and left me with the question: Do book editors actually edit the books they publish? This would have been much better if someone had imposed a little discipline on the author.
The premise of this book is intriguing, hard to describe without giving it away. Think Umberto Eco in steam punk. The problem is the writing is awful, or maybe just terminally lazy. Characters spend pages upon pages (in 10 minute chunks) in one-sided "dialogue" so the author can explain his really cool idea to us (while showing off the tons of research he must have done to tie it all together so well). A better idea would be to find a way to explain the idea through the book, not putting quotation marks around a college essay and calling it a book.
Ever had someone talk to you for 10 minutes straight, while all you were allowed to say was "so what you're saying is..."? It's like that, only worse, because you're not allowed to say anything at all. And because you paid for the privilege.
*worst writing style ive ever come across
heres an example of one of his sentences:
He knows that when he gets to the place on CSV-5 where the bottom corner of the billboard is obscured by the pseudo-Gothic stained-glass arches of the local Reverend Wayne's Pearly Gates franchise, it's time for him to get over into the right lanes where the retards and the bimbo boxes poke along, random, indecisive, looking at each passing franchise's driveway like they don't know if it's a threat or a promise"
^^this is what you'll be listening to
*people say this book is funny, (didnt laugh once)
im 4 hours into this book and i have to say its the worst audio ive ever listened to.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
The idea of the story was topical and interesting. The blending of the realities was well constructed. As I listened it seemed to me to be a verbal cartoon or comic book. Even at the end I did not know what the mafia boss was doing in the story and I wondered why it seemed to be the good hacker triumphed. As an audio book, this failed to hold my attention for periods of listening. May be better read. The low rating is my personal enjoyment rating.Even as whacky humour it missed the mark.I did like the good doggie though and was sad he blew up.
After multiple attempts to listen to the unabridged version of this book I gave up, and I'm a diehard fan of audio/print science fiction. Honestly, this is more like 'literary anime" than scifi. Intolerable.
This is the worst audiobook since sound was invented. I don't know why this book has so many good reviews. It has a bunch of random ideas about the future with no apparent plot. It is also a very negative book. The first couple of hours of the book goes into brutal detail of how the US only has two jobs, pizza delivery and computer coding. If this sounds interesting, it isn't. Stay away.
there are some interesting ideas here, but it's all a bit random. i find the narrative to be choppy, though it might be because of the narrator. i almost didn't get past the first 15 minutes because i found the narrative so choppy. the narrator's character voices are excellent, though.
Like watching a 17 hour reality show that goes nowhere, and I mean nowhere. If you rate this one greater than 1 star you really need to get out more, a lot more.