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Reamde (Crypto, #2)

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Well, it's a Neal Stephen­son book, so you know a few things be­fore you start read­ing:

1) It's long
2) It will con­tain some mem­o­rable pas­sage you will quote to friend and foe alike
3) It's pop­u­lat­ed by char­ac­ters that pos­sess some sort of mo­ti­va­tion, that may or may not make sense to you, but is in­ter­nal­ly con­sis­tent
4) It con­tains in­cred­i­bly ac­tion ac­tion scenes
5) It will make you think about a thing or two. Or two hun­dred.
6) It's bet­ter than 99% of the oth­er books that were pub­lished around the same date.
7) The end­ing.... oh, the end­ing.

So, all that is true. Is it as good as Anath­em? Or as Crypto­nomi­con? Yes and no.

The au­thor sure seems to have spent a lot of time do­ing plot. There is a lot of it. Oth­er au­thors would live 5 or 10 years on this amount of plot.

As a Du­mas-pére ac­tion-­packed romp, it's kick­ass. As a nov­el full of deep ideas... nah, not this one. For that, get Anath­em. It is, how­ev­er, a page turn­er, a ton of fun, and yes, re­al­ly, re­al­ly good.

I rec­om­mend it to pret­ty much any­one over 14, since it con­tains some stuff that may be a bit too di­rect for younger read­er­s.

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