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  • Au­thor: Neal Stephen­son
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    I am a stupid­­ly in­­tense Neal Stephen­­son fan.

    I have read *ev­ery­thing* he wrote ex­­cept "The Big U", in­­­clud­ing es­­says, The Mon­­go­li­ad, and In­­ter­­face. This is not one of his top-ti­er book­s.

    The love for the top­ic shines through, he's prob­a­bly as much of a space fan as I am a fan of him, and clear­­ly he loved the idea and set­t­ing for this. On the oth­­er hand, some things have tak­en a turn for the wood­en.

    The be­gin­n­ing of the book, with the mul­ti­­ple-­­point-of-view style felt like some­thing out of a 70s Arthur Hai­­ley book, like "Hotel" or "Air­­port". It gets bet­ter, but it nev­er gets *crack­­ing*.

    Plus, it has a Stephen­­son fi­­nale, which is ok if the ride there was like pre­vi­ous rides, but not so ok if the ride is just good.

    Af­ter read­­ing the pre­vi­ous you may won­der why 4 start­s. Are you kid­d­ing me? It's Neal Stephen­­son! I am re­view­ing it com­­pared to his pre­vi­ous books which are some of my favourite nov­els ev­er! Com­­pared to most oth­­ers this is a kick­­ass page turn­er with vivid imag­i­­na­­tion and so on and so forth.