More than even Cryptonomicon, Anathem requires an investment on the part of the reader, to get into the world Stephenson creates. Once there, however, its rich tapestry of social relations makes that world seem more real and inviting than our own. Stephenson's characters and settings form a beautifully detailed and joyful environment that serves as integral foundation for illustrating practical applications of Relational Quantum Physics.
Neal Stephensons is such a master world crafter! He interweaves techy scifi and medieval monasticism so seamlessly. If you are a language geek, then you'll get a real kick out of this novel! (Also, great production--the chants between parts were awesome, literally!)
I don't have anything to compare it to. It found it profoundly deep and considered. With a very fresh perspective
Erasmus leading the tour thru the history of the avout.
No way. Too deep and too long. Need time to digest and think about stuff.
This book is weird. I may just be weird in the same way, because I loved it. Almost as much as I love Cryptonomicon.
I listen to audio books every day while doing other things. The idea behind this universe is quite interesting, but it is almost lost in the mind numbing dialogs between the characters. Perhaps it would be better as a paper book, where one could easily skim expressed thoughts that are rehashed repeatedly. I also lost track of characters sometimes with their similar names and the lack of differentiation in the reading of their dialog.
In all, it's a good story that is drug out.
Stephenson has created a cosmos in which a reader willing to pay attention can become helplessly entangled. Anathem is a brilliant exploration of philosophy and metaphysics wrapped in an engaging story and seasoned with scientific theory and societal hypotheticals.
The reader is spot-on, and the monastic chants punctuating each part are a beautiful touch. This is a must-listen.
Dang, what a world. It's nice to see something fresh in the scifi fantasy realm. This world is certainly one and it has an intriguing story to boot. Though it is long it is even paced. I recomend it for deep thinkers, philosophers, and would be aesthetics.
It was okay! I found it a bit ponderous, but had enough tidbits upon which to ponder to make it worthwhile. I liked the characters quite a bit, but found the plot a bit protracted and belabored. Still, not sorry I listened to the audiobook (which, by the way, was VERY well voiced by William Dufris!). And, I'm glad it's behind me!
Stephenson again amazed me with his attention to every detail and the thought provoking nature of his writings again show his amazing ability.