“Stephenson has a once-in-a-generation gift: he makes complex ideas clear, and he makes them funny, heartbreaking, and thrilling.”
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Neal Stephenson is continually rocking the literary world with his brazen and brilliant fictional creations—whether he’s reimagining the past (The Baroque Cycle), inventing the future (Snow Crash), or both (Cryptonomicon). With Reamde, this visionary author whose mind-stretching fiction has been enthusiastically compared to the work of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace—not to mention William Gibson and Michael Crichton—once again blazes new ground with a high-stakes thriller that will enthrall his loyal audience, science and science fiction, and espionage fiction fans equally. The breathtaking tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, Reamde is a new high—and a new world—for the remarkable Neal Stephenson.
Stephenson (Anathem), the master of meandering, inconclusive plots, delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story, regardless of the many digressions and a host of characters. Zula Forthrast's unfortunate taste in boyfriends catapults her into a breakneck adventure spanning two continents and several increasingly dangerous criminal gangs. What looks like a chance to make a quick buck turns sour when the Russian mafia discover that Zula's conniving boyfriend, Peter, inadvertently handed their representative a virus-infected thumb drive that holds all of the mafia's encrypted data. Peter and Zula find themselves prisoners of the menacing and desperate Ivanov and dragged to Xiamen, China, in a last-ditch effort to confront the hackers responsible before Ivanov's bosses learn what has happened. Complications ensue when the gangsters raid an apartment belonging not to the rather hapless hackers but instead to the notorious terrorist Abdallah Jones and his well-armed compatriots, into whose hands Zula falls. The plot snowballs from there, toward a violent conclusion near the U.S.-Canadian border. Author tour.
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Cryptonomicon Fans - Enjoy!
For all the fans of Cryptonomicon, Reamde will appeal to you...I loved this book! Been reading all night since downloading it at midnight - great read!
Worth the wait for any Stephenson fan. Similar in pacing and flavor to Cryptonomicon & The Diamond Age. I just finished it and scrolled right back to page 1 to start again.
As a huge fan I was really looking forward to this novel. Seeming to brim with Stephenson's imaginative and thought-provoking settings, I couldn't put this down initially. But about a third of the way through it goes off-track and drops a few notches into a conventional thriller that any of the major beach-read blockbuster authors could have penned.
By the end, I was just rushing through it to get to the extremely predictable conclusion. A superb stage with great characters looking for a more imaginative plot... And the core "wow" concept (the intersection of the virtual/fantasy world with the "real" world) is unforgivably abandoned.
Not a bad novel, but not vintage Stephenson.