it was about 5 hours until I was really settled into the culture and language of the book. after that I soaked up the world and concepts flowing from this large work.
Though none of it is referred to by name, this story draws heavily from some general concepts in math, Plato's aesthetics, and the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics (as well as some of its consequences like quantum immortality). These are subjects I've always been fascinated by on their own, and to have them embedded in a gripping narrative really makes them come to life. Absolutely worth reading if you're willing to devote some thought to it all.
had no clue Stephenson had such a hard on for the classics. If I read one more cave allegory I'm going to vomit.
jk it's a must read if you like his work. get cracking it's 32 hours.
We'll be thinking through the implications of this brilliant spec-fic for a long time. Epic in scope, the narrative starts small and slowly spirals into something big, beautiful, and bold.
Amazing character building skills however nothing was really done with it. Kept waiting for something to happen but the story line was very weak. It really seemed like the emphasis was on quantity over quality.
I was so disappointed.
Of something else? Soon.
The narration was the only thing that made this book bearable. Good work but with weak material.
Might be good for a bedtime listen if you're having trouble sleeping.
Never never never again with this author.
Audible is the best thing you could do to pass the time on a long commute or, in my case, keep endless data entry from making you crazy.
Stephenson can be long-winded, but his other books are generally entertaining and have greater substance than this disappointing test of endurance. Empty existential musing wrapped in what should have been an interesting story. I love Stephenson's other books and recommend him highly as an author, but do yourself a favor and look into literally anything else he's written.
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
This is not easy escapist sci-fi. This is "hard science" fiction, and it's amazing...but if conversations about quantum mechanics, theoretical physics, logic and philosophy bore you, don't bother.
if on the other hand, you get excited by that stuff, this is a really FANTASTIC book.