Like a lot of good authors, Stephenson has books that aren't as well known but may end up being better or as good as his best-known works. This is one of those.
It is a different breed than Snow Crash, but I want to talk about this book in its own right. Diamond Age is almost a children's story, with the main character being a child who grows into an adult by the end of the book.
Here's something you have to keep in mind: Neal's books take about an hour to 2 hours to understand the world they are taking place in. He usually talks a lot and goes into a lot of detail early on, using phrases and names of things that you have no idea. However, by about 2 hours in, you understand where everything is taking place and the world makes sense.
Since this is naturally important for any book, I didn't take off a star because of it. I really enjoy his introductions to the world that he creates, because I find myself wondering and asking questions about it.
Here's another thing to keep in mind, this book isn't for everyone... people who like technology and computing might find it more enjoyable than someone who doesn't, but I think that it can appeal to many people since it is grounded in a story about a girl growing up.
With all that said, Diamond Age is a really, really good book. You get really drawn into the characters and a lot of that has to do with the narrator and how she reads the fairy tales from the Primer, as well as the different voices she uses for other characters. Unlike some other books in Neal's stash, Diamond Age doesn't go off on long tangents about ancient Gods or religions. Some of it is there, but it has a lot more to do with destiny and abuse of technology, or "Unforeseen Consequences."
If you really liked Snow Crash, just be prepared for something a little more light-hearted and less "kick-ass action" oriented, but still highly enjoyable. 4/5 stars.
This is a fantastic book. For a non-fiction account of a seemingly boring subject, it is adventurous and thrilling to read. You get so caught up in the drama of the hunt that it's hard to stop listening. The narrator sets a great mood for the book, I loved every minute of it.
I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy history, drama, and adventure. I had never heard of wreck diving before but after listening to this I have newfound respect for divers. It's amazing.
This book is hilarious. It may require some background in the Bible stories, but it's still very enjoyable. I loved the narrator on this, he fits Biff's character perfectly and I could easily imagine him as Biff.
This was an enjoyable book and highly recommended.
I love this book. The narrator is amazing and really brings it to life. I don't know any Spanish so some of the phrases were lost to me, but the author does a good job of getting the idea through to you.
The characters in the story are great and well written. The story is hilarious and sad at the same time. Excellent book, highly recommended.
This was a very enjoyable audiobook, I loved every minute of it. The author made you feel close to the characters, caring about their lives and sympathizing with their plight. The emotions that are conveyed feel as if you are experiencing them.
A must buy.
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