If you like Neal Stephenson, you should love this. While Diamond Age is my favorite of his works, I think his skills improve with each book he writes.
The only book of his I've read and been underwhelmed by was Snow Crash, and I feel like Reamde was his return to, and successful re-imagining of, the cyber-punk, MMORPG-based novel.
Thanks Neal! Keep 'em coming!
AWESOME! This guy is among the best audio book performers I've ever heard! As much as I enjoyed the book, I actually think Hillgartner's reading made it even more enjoyable than it would have been in print. His accents were fun and well-differentiated! I always knew who was talking, and it spiced up some already atomically spicy characters.
Chinese computer viruses, Al-Qaeda, the Russian mafia. All they have in common is a Midwestern farm girl.
While exiting a building set on fire to escape the terrorists who are hot in pursuit, one of the characters feels vaguely guilty about using the emergency exit, since it's really only supposed to be used in emergencies. The book is full of such subtly drawn, amusing, and realistic psychological moments.
Neal Stephenson at his best. This could have used a little editing to tighten it up, but this was so much more fun and readable than the Baroque Cycle.
I really enjoyed the story the most. I liked that there were great characters and the weaving of real life with virtual life.
I think this is a more modern (and obviously not a futuristic dystopia) story telling style in the likes of Philip K. Dick.
If you are looking for a text that will allow you lose yourself in the story and you enjoy intrigue and the mixing of technology and murder/ mysteries, then you should really enjoy this book.
Reamde is classic Neal Stephenson--a rollicking story with unbelievable coincidences. I personally love the unbelievable coincidences; they make for an epic novel that doesn't take itself too seriously.
i can't say
Like Snow Crash but with more realism and less online stuff.
Perhaps. It's a little long, but if I was made to stay still for that amount of time, I could think of worse things to do.
Picked this up after listening to Ready Player One, which is a great book. This one was recommended as similar, which it isn't really. I thin perhaps that Stephenson's other book Snow Crash is more along the line of Ready Player One and this one got tagged as being alike because it also involves computer games in a small way. That's what got me, I think. I was ready for a completely different story than what I got, but, rather than being disappointed in my mistake, I felt carried along by the plot. The only criticism I have is that the author took the time to develop certain characters and storylines for those characters that ended up not resolving or being that important to the book.
Too many other books by Stephenson to listen to -- bit it was a great "read".
I've liked Stephenson for many years, since i read ''Snow Crash", and this has some similar elements. In my opinion, SciFi is so rarely well-done, and this is top shelf. HIghly recommended.
It's just ok. It's just ok even if you like the action genre.
It's not Neal Stephenson's finest work and further follows his current trajectory out of science fiction.
The best I can say about Reamde is that it is cleverly titled and has some nice gun play bits. That is all.
The bulk of the story is the fast paced smartypants adventure I've come to expect from Neal Stephenson, but it added up to less than the sum of it's parts.
One of the main plots could have been removed entirely, it was so inessential. I could have done without the gun nerdery as well, although I think my disappointment is mainly that I didn't expect it from a Neal Stephenson book, not that it was bad in and of itself.
The narrator was good, except with the main villain - but he was a bit of a mustache-twirling cliche anyway, so he may have been stuck on that guy.
Actually, this sounded like it was written to be a Showtime series, right down to the gunplay.
I give the book full marks as a good techno-thriller, but I barely consider it sci-fi. I can't really down the marks because it is not futuristic sci-fi because who says Neal Stephenson needs to always write sci-fi books. The book was incredibly entertaining and the writing, details and explanations were well done.
The only thing that would make it Sci-Fi is the virtual world comparable to World of Warcraft, but nothing really earth shattering there. That said, it is important to the plot to connect people and places together.
If the idea of reading about massively multi-player online (MMO) medieval video game world would be unattractive then you might look elsewhere. That said, if you are unfamiliar with the MMO movement and would like to read a good techno-thriller and not mind getting a glimpse of the whole MMO games, then this book is for you.