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  • Au­thor: Neal Stephen­son
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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.