If you need a dictionary of words made up by the author in order to understand what's going on, that says to me that the author doesn't trust his own language to convey something special enough to his reader. Or perhaps I just started in the middle of an arcane series and should go back to the beginning.
This one lost me before I could get into it.
A didactic mixture of ancient philosophies, ol' time religion, quantum conundrums with the added thrill of being housed and experienced mostly in a monastic setting and mindset.
Great for those who find naval gazing illuminating, not so much for the rest.
I gave this book a good 3 hours before I decided to move on to another book. It started extremely slow and can be a bit confusing due to the new, fictional, vocabulary introduced. I recommend you stay away from this, at least in audio format. Probably better enjoyed in paperback where you can flip back and remind yourself of past characters, vocabulary and history.
Anathem was a fantastic trip that really had my imagination going. Sure, it's long, but if you pace yourself you won't get burnt out. My only small complaint is since I didn't have the book handy, I couldn't flip to the end and read the glossary whenever I wanted. Highly recommended to the geek elite.
I loved snow crash and diamond age. This one was horridly boring. The entire book reads like a set up for a story. But a story never develps.
Imagine eavesdropping on the next table over lunch at a Star Trek convention- and this book is what you would get- Hour after hour of quantum and theoretical physics debate with no discernible plot or character development. I am a fan of SCI FI, but at about hour 22 I finally just gave up hoping that anything would actually HAPPEN. I cannot imagine what the other reviewers were thinking in recommending this book- unless they were afraid of appearing anti-intellectual by panning it. I want my 2 CREDITS back!
I tried to like this but I have yet to finish the last 10 hours of the 30 some hours. It is painfully arduous and hard for me at least, to keep my attention. I certainly think someone out there would love it...it's just not me. Sorry Leo!
With this novel, I officially give up on Stephenson. I keep waiting for something comparable to the amazing "Necronomicon". But instead we keep getting these long-winded diatribes with their excessive fascination with meaningless detail. Listening to this was simply painful. And pointless.
I think a lot of reviewers are intimidated by Stephenson's formidable intellect, and simply decide that a book like this (or the equally atrocious Baroque Cycle) simply *must* be good.
Wrong. This Emperor has no clothes. And hasn't for some time now.
Somebody hire this guy an editor. Please. I've given him two chances since the excellent Snow Crash: The Diamond Age and this bloated mishmash. Both are unlistenable. Dude, tighten it up. And stop reading your books!
Once I start a book I have to finish it. This one could be a first no finish for me. My lesson here has been to regard the stars. I will not download a book that has not been rated or has a low rating. My intent is to try at least 2 more times before completely giving up.