The story is deadly slow and at times rambling. Reminds me of the critics love of "Leaving Las Vegas" where we get it in the first 15 minutes but our noses are rubbed in it for another 90 minutes. The Anathem story would have be long with just half the time the author spent on it. He spun a world with so much detail and background that the background became the dominating part for IMO not much entertainment. Abridged in this case would have been a mercy.
How detailed the story was. As is usually with Stephenson he goes overboard with detail an information. I really loved the philosophy involved in the book. My one issue with said philosophy was the use of new/world specific made up words that were not explained until the philosophy in question was over. For example,. when discussing the three maths that were left alone the dictionary definition was not mentioned for half an hour or so later. This makes following the discussions between characters difficult at points.
When Raz figures out what the object really is. I was thinking to myself "please be aliens, please be aliensssss" and it was! This made the book a lot more interesting to me, not that it wasn't before this reveal.
He was excellent. I am specifically looking for books read by hime for my next purchase.
Id say yes because of how dense and interlaced everything is but I doubt a person could sit and listen to a heavily intellectual book for 30 hours straight. It took me about 3 weeks to finish it. I will relisten to it in the next month or two to see if I missed anything. Going back with knowledge of world specific language will definitely help.
This book is not a flimsy scifi. It takes concentration and dedication to get through. If you pay it the required attention you will love it.
Utterly boring. An hour in and nothing has happened except a discussion on the meaning of words and a painfully detailed account of someone fixing something. ugh.
Have something actually happen.
A thought-provokingly fun roller coaster ride that really kicks off in the later half of the book. I did not want it to come to an end.
Say something about yourself!
Stephenson's worlds are fascinating, filled with details that make them impressively real. The emergence of this society is interesting in itself, even without the big conflict that is the climax of the book. He creates some really interesting metaphysical ideas, which make me wonder if this is the basis of some existing philosophy.
The world he builds his complex, and layered. The characters you come to know, you don't want to leave. At the end of the book, you already miss them.
A simply brilliant book, covering a huge range of deep and interesting topics. It was read fantastically, and I cannot it recommend highly enough!
Tell me about hard sci fi books!
Depends on the friend, but most likely, yes.
I love this book, every time I finish it, I miss the characters. I know very few people who have read or listened to it, and I would love to talk to someone about it.
Anathem was my first Neal Stephenson book, it was suggested as a book that is like "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. I disagree, it is not like that (other than it is long and complex).
I would say Seveneves compares well, another epic tale by Stephenson
Pronunciation, music, chants. This book a lot of its own vocabulary. Neal Stephenson narrates dictionary definitions at the beginning of chapters (straight from the man himself). I really enjoy the main narrator, too. I like his voices for Ras and Orolo
It made me laugh, it made me cry. Listening to this book is like sailing down a river of interesting ideas.
If you like sci fi, math, and philosophy - this book offers so much.
Have nothing on Neal Stephenson. An unusually creative take on alternative universes. Tuned to today's science, Stephenson can craft an epic about The Meaning of it All while bringing in archetypal themes of loyalty to truth and the arc of good intentions. Good stuff!