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  • Paperback
  • 1139 pages
  • Cryptonomicon
  • Neal Stephenson
  • English
  • 28 May 2018
  • 9780060512804

10 thoughts on “Cryptonomicon

  1. says:

    Disclaimer Had Mr Stephenson been skillful in his prose characterization writing in general, I would not have paid nearly as much attention to the following issues I read a lot of old dead white guy type literature, and am pretty forgiving so long as it s good If it isn t, well, this happens That is all.Do not be fooled by the static nature of the star count above If I had my way, it would be a roiling maelstrom of a typhoon crashing into lava, erosion and explosion steaming and spilling into a chemical equilibrium of monstrous proportions It would be a much appropriate way of symbolizing that there were parts of this that I loved immensely and others that still cause my vision to go red whenever I think on them for too long However, as that is not a possibility without my use of GIFs to illustrate my point Two words Never Ever , you ll have to take my long winded approach to the matter.Mr Stephenson is the type of character that, if allowed onto a college campus, should be kept safe and locked away in the mathematics department The physics department is a possibility, and computer science perhaps, maybe even biology, but the decreased removal from reality present in these areas increases the risk that this individual poses This isn t a man you want teaching a history class or, god forbid, one of literature Unless the literature class is completely devoted to math fiction Or is it fanfiction Not sure about that one , because every so often something gorgeous happens If he would just work with pure ideas like a proper mathematician he could go as fast as thought As it happens, Alan has become fascinated by the incarnations of pure ideas in the physical world The underlying math of the universe is like the light streaming in through the window Alan is not satisfied with merely knowing that it streams in He blows smoke into the air to make the light visible He sits in meadows gazing at pine cones and flowers, tracing the mathematical patterns in their structure, and he dreams about electron winds blowing over the glowing filaments and screens of radio tubes, and, in their surges and eddies, capturing something of what is going on in his own brain Turing is neither a mortal nor a good He is Antaeus That he bridges the mathematical and physical worlds is his strength and his weakness. And that is the closest Mr Stephenson gets to melding together beautiful prose with stunning mathematical dexterity If he stuck with that, this review would much positive, and probably a lot shorter But, since he didn t, let us continue.Now, there are multiple categories of anger invoking pidgeonholing, enough that I feel that pidgeonholing the categories themselves would best convey the point of it all.First off, Race Randy figures it all has to do with your state at mind at the time you utter the word If you re just trying to abbreviate, it s not a slur But if you are fomenting racist hatreds, as Sean Daniel McGee occasionally seems to be not above doing, that s different No No No no no no no Did I stutter No It doesn t matter what the utterer s mindset is, period What matters is the context of the utterance, the horrible history of its usage and the culture that it denigrates So sorry that the word Japanese is too long and difficult for some people to say type convey to another person for long periods of time, but they re going to have to deal with it Their personal convenience doesn t matter in the slightest.Second, Religion In other circumstances, the religious reference would make Randy uncomfortable, but here it seems like the only appropriate thing to say Think what you will about religious people, they always have something to say at times like this What would an atheist come up with Yes, the organisms inhabiting that submarine must have lost their higher neural functions over a prolonged period of time and eventually turned into pieces of rotten meat So what I don t know if this is supposed to be satire, and I don t care The message is bad enough, as once again, lack of spiritual beliefs is being confused with lack of morality sympathy empathy what have you Some may not believe this, but the human race is perfectly capable of acting decent and, dare I say it, humane towards its fellow beings, without religion Amazing, isn t it Moving on.Next, Women I wish I was joking when I say that there is too much material for me to possibly convey in this review without pushing the limits of absurdity So I will condense it into some bullet points.One There is a popular maxim in this book that holds women to be an effective means to an end of ultimate manly productiveness Not only that, but women for some reason are completely aware of this, and manipulate men accordingly via controlling the rates of fornication permitted to those with a Y chromosome Yes, because that s all there is to sex, isn t it Love is just some barter system of producers and consumers, and any notion of emotional connection or meaning beyond it is a lie propagated by the chemicals seething in your body Now, the latter half of that last sentence is biologically sound I would hope that everything that came before it is some kind of ridiculous satire, but if it is, Mr Stephenson s writing did not seem to think so.Two The definition of the words SEXUAL ABUSE and RAPE was expanded to include pursuit of relationships where power imbalance is denoted by differences in economic status and or physical capabilities in defending oneself Again, I wish this was satire, but its delivery made it highly unlikely And even if it was satire, it s not in the least bit funny or ethical to make light of rape culture in such a fashion If the recent events of Steubenville and its aftermath haven t made that clear, nothing will.Three And we couldn t possibly finish off this whole debacle without a good old fashioned Men are from Mars Women are from Venus spiel In the author s own words, those who put a higher priority on having every statement uttered in a conversation be literally true vs People who put a higher priority on social graces Then you get the typical longwinded it s not you it s me excuse, and finally What I m saying is that this does set me apart One of the most frightening things about your true nerd, for many people, is not that he s socially inept because everyone s been there but rather his complete lack of embarrassment Which is still kind of pathetic It was pathetic when they were in high school, Randy says Now it s something else Something very different from pathetic What, then I don t know There is no word for it You ll see Hint The word you re looking for lies on the long scale that ranges from close minded to bigoted asshole Take your pick.Finally, your Miscellaneous the post modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system viz society with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with deviations from what they saw as the norm Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability. Atheists are not in charge of anything, and in fact are one of the most hated demographics in the US Look it up Also, don t you think those who have to build up from scratch would be a little adaptable than, say, the user manual types who are still squabbling over a particular patch of verses regarding a certain sexuality A demographic that Mr Stephenson made repeated efforts to proclaim that he was okay with, coincidentally The thing about being a nice guy , no one s going to give you a cookie for pointing it out That s not how it works.In addition, if the phrase politically correct was replaced with respects those who are different despite lack of understanding of their cultural heritage , and seen as less of a political theory pertaining to the liberals and of a methodology of encouraging greater social well being, the world would be a better place And there would be less theories like the one in this book running about, which states that the only way to avoid Holocausts is to make sure the victims get proper guerrilla training Very reminiscent of the current debacle over gun control But anyways tldr version Mr Stephenson is your typical white male nerd that resides in the US Smart in his specific field, little bit racist, little bit misogynistic, and screws up any attempt to try and claim otherwise The prevalence of this attitude would ve chopped the stars down to one, but he did write a 900 book filled with some pretty interesting mathematical acrobatics and WWII business, so that added a star to the final result.


  2. says:

    Pretenses are shabby things that, like papier mache houses, must be energetically maintained or they will dissolve Neal Stephenson has written an overlong novel focusing on the significance of cryptography both in the world today and the time of World War II He links the two by using multiple family generations The predecessors inhabit the early cryptographical universe of Turing and others, dealing with cracking German and Japanese cyphers The latter family representatives are trying to develop a secure cryptography that will support the creation of a global monetary system, based on gold stashed in the Philippines near the end of the war Neal Stephenson from the LA TimesStephenson provides considerable payload here, providing details of cryptography then and now, and considerable analysis of gold as the basis for economic structures He also tells us much about how business is done when global actors are creating the information economies of the future There is no shortage of action here But it is at the expense of character development To the extent that the players have an inner life, it is radically overshadowed by the external events in which they are involved The female characters are barely explored here, hardly than window dressing to the experiences of the men, with considerable emphasis on their looks This was unwelcome Still, I enjoyed the book It is an engaging read, and worth the trip for the information it conveys Review posted February 17, 2017Published May 1999PS I received this book as a gift from a rocket scientist nephew in 1999 I wrote most of the above back then It was never posted anywhere until now EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter, Google Plus and FB pagesOther Stephenson books reviewed Reamde SevenEves


  3. says:

    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, is to techno intellectuals as Bryant Denny Stadium is to redneck college football fans it is a monument According to Stephenson in this very enjoyable, but lengthy book nerds won the Second World War and are keeping global society free from tyranny nowadays Weighing in at 1168 pages, this behemoth saddles up to the literary buffet line alongside Atlas Shrugged and War and Peace How does a book this big get published and how does an author achieve that goal much less make it entertaining, endearing and just plain good to read By being expertly written by a very talented author, who is also funny, making similes and metaphors that frequently made me smile and sometimes even laugh out loud Neal Stephenson comes across like a geeky Jonathon Franzen, blending erudite sci fi qualities with meticulously crafted characterizations and rolling all into a cocoon of an intricate plot almost as puzzling as the cryptograms that form the foundation of the story Comprising two related time lines that slowly blend together, Stephenson held my attention, sometimes making it difficult to put the book down Like Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon with a title that is a nod to Lovecraft works on multiple levels and establishes parallels between times and generations Finally, this is an allegory for the information age and brilliantly illustrates that our treasure is where our data can be found.


  4. says:

    One of the problems when reviewing Cryptonomicon is that you could easily end up writing a short novel just trying to summarize it Here s my attempt to boil the story down to its essence.During World War II, Lawrence Waterhouse is a genius mathematician who is part of the effort to break Japanese and German codes, and his job is to keep them from realizing how successful the Allies have been by faking events that give the enemies reasons other than compromised codes to pin any losses on Marine Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe had to leave behind the woman he loves in the Philippines when the war broke out in the Pacific and after surviving some brutal island combat, he finds himself assigned to a unit carrying out dangerous and weird missions that seem to have no logical goals.In the late 90s, Waterhouse s grandson Randy is an amiable computer geek who has just co founded a small company called Epiphyte that has big plans revolving around the booming Internet in the island nations of southeast Asia As powerful people with hidden agendas begin showing an interest in Epiphyte s business plan, Randy hires a company in Manila owned by former Navy SEAL Douglas MacArthur Shaftoe to lay an underwater cable That s just a sideline for Doug and his daughter Amy who primarily work as treasure hunters When they make a startling discovery, it links the personal history of the Waterhouses and the Shaftoes to a lost fortune in Axis gold.That makes it sound like a beach thriller or airplane read by someone like Clive Cussler, right But I didn t mention all the math And code breaking And the development of computers And economic theories And geo politics circa 1999 And how it was ahead of the curve about personal privacy And it s about a thousand pages long And there s some other stuff, too Plus, Neal Stephenson doesn t feel the need to conform to anything close to a traditional three act narrative structure He s also often the writing equivalent of Clark W Griswald in the movie Vacation since he ll cheerfully divert his readers four short hours to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth Sprinkled among all this are appearances by real historical figures like Alan Turing and Douglas MacArthur So what you get is a book that should be a mess of infodumps and long tangets that ultimately don t have anything to do with the story And quite frankly, the ending is kind of a mess, too.So whenever I read criticism of Neal Stephenson, I shrug and concede that there are many things about the guy that should make me crazy as a reader However, the really odd thing is that he doesn t I ve pretty much loved every book of his I ve read despite the fact that I could list his literary sins at length.What s great to me about Stephenson is that it s so obvious that he loves this stuff When he takes up a whole chapter laying out the mathematics behind code breaking, it s his enthusiasm for the subject that helps carry my math challenged ass through He s not giving us elaborate histories or explanations because he did the research and wants to show off, he s doing it because he s a smart guy who is excited about something so he can t help but go on at length about it The other factor that redeems him for me is his sense of humor No matter how enthused Stephenson is, it d still break down in the delivery if he didn t pepper his books with some hilarious lines Sometimes even his long digressions are done solely in the interest of delivering the funny like a parody of a business plan that includes gems like this Unless you are as smart as Johann Karl Friedrich Gauss, savvy as a half blind Calcutta bootblack, tough as General William Tecumseh Sherman, rich as the Queen of England, emotionally resilient as a Red Sox fan, and as generally able to take care of yourself as the average nuclear missile submarine commander, you should never have been allowed near this document Please dispose of it as you would any piece of high level radioactive waste and then arrange with a qualified surgeon to amputate your arms at the elbows and gouge your eyes from their sockets This warning is necessary because once, a hundred years ago, a little old lady in Kentucky put a hundred dollars into a dry goods company which went belly up and only returned her ninety nine dollars Ever since then the government has been on our asses If you ignore this warning, read on at your peril you are dead certain to lose everything you ve got and live out your final decades beating back waves of termites in a Mississippi Delta leper colony It s also easy to overlook how these seeming digressions help build the entire story When Randy is trying to retrieve some of his grandfather s papers from an old trunk, he gets embroiled in his family s attempts to divvy up his grandparent s belongings Since the family is made up of academics a whole chapter becomes a description of a mathematical formula based on an x y grid laid out in a parking lot that allows family members to place items according to both sentimental and economic value while Randy has to try to find a way to diplomatically claim the papers There s no real reason for this scene, and it could have been cut entirely or boiled down a few lines about a family squabble But the whole chapter is funny and tells us a great deal about Randy and his background by putting him in this context It doesn t accomplish anything else plot wise, but it s the kind of scene that makes this book what it is.Even as a fan of the way he works, I still wish Stephenson could tighten some things up The goals of Epiphyte and Randy shift three or four times over the course of the novel, and the drifting into and out of plots gets very problematic late in the game It also seems like Stephenson had a hard time determining exactly who the bad guys in the 1999 story should be view spoiler The stuff with Andrew Loeb, a litigious asshole who once drove Randy into bankruptcy, showing up as an arrow shooting knife wielding attacker wearing a business suit in the jungle at the end seems to come out of the blue since he s really only appeared in flashback form before that Even though he s the lawyer suing Epiphyt there aren t any scenes directly showing him in action except for Randy viewing him from a distance during the raid on their server And while most of the book seems to operate under the idea that the rich dentist is the main threat to Epiphyte, he suddenly tags out and a Chinese guy that we ve only seen as a slave during WWII is revealed as the hidden hand behind it all very late in the book, yet we have no present day scenes with him hide spoiler


  5. says:

    My friend Stuart s reading this and I stupidly started spoiling one of the best lines in the book it pops up as Shaftoe s motto and he was mildly irritated with me Fortunately for him, he is vastly smarter than me so while he was quite generously acting annoyed he was probably thinking to himself, Maybe one day I will spoil math and engineering and the details of Riemann zeta functions for Conrad Now I m rereading it out of sympathy and it s even better than I remembered.Anyway, while I haven t yet approached the implosion that I know is coming toward the end, I am really even impressed at the catholicity of Stephenson s concerns than I was the first time I read the book He has insightful things to say about information theory, natch, but also Tolkein, postmodern literary criticism OK, he s a little reactionary about this, but he s also right , the wisdom of joining the Marines, childrearing, Filipino architecture and urban planning, facial hair can you tell I love Randy s diatribes about Charlene , Ronald Reagan, the assassination of Yamamoto and associated dilemmas of cryptanalysis, Papuan eating habits, the 90s networking bubbleIf you don t like writers who have something interesting to say about everything, I don t know why you read If it bothers you that Neal Stephenson uses his characters as mouthpieces to voice his well considered opinions on everything from the prospects of economic growth measured against the likelihood of revolution in the Philippines, for example, to the details of Japanese tunneldigging, then you might as well settle in with your Danielle Steele and be done with it Stephenson knows a lot about everything, and that s unusual and should be treasured As a stylist, he s no Hemingway His stories have beginnings and middles but the ends are usually catastrophically bad So what He reveals enough about his subjects that you usually leave his books behind with the feeling that your brain is now fused in a slightly different way And good for Neal Stephenson, and good for us.


  6. says:

    Reading this book was a lot like riding in a car that steadily picks up speed and then stalls out I wanted to like it a great deal than I ended up doing I would be trucking along, really getting into it, starting to get eager about turning the page and finding out what was going to happen next, and thensome reference to hairy legged academic feminists or the Ejaculation Control Commission or those things women always say to manipulate men and my enjoyment would come to a screeching halt Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  7. says:

    2015 reread In World War II, Bobby Shaftoe is a Marine, and Lawrence Waterhouse is a cryptographer In the present, Randy Waterhouse is part of a tech start up in the Phillipines How are the two threads linked, other than by the mysterious Enoch Root Okay, so this kitten squisher is a lot complicated that but after 1200 reviews, it s hard to come up with teasers some days.As noted above, this was not my first time reading Cryptonomicon I first read it when it was published, way back in the bygone days before the world moved on When it popped up for 1.99 on one of my cheap o emails, I snapped it up.This mammoth tome is classified as science fiction but could easily be looked at as historical fiction since the sf element is minuscule Neal Stephenson weaves together multiple plot threads, three during World War II and one in the present day, and produces a fine tapestry of a novel.On one hand, you have Randy Waterhouse, part of the Epiphyte corporation, a start up dedicated to creating a data haven in the Phillipines On the other, you have the converging tales of a Marine named Bobby Shaftoe, a cryptographer named Lawrence Waterhouse, and Goto Dengo, a Japanese engineer As diverse as the elements are, Stephen manages to bring everything together Eventually.I was an apple cheeked young lad when I first read this, back when the internet was still new to most of us Now, as a curmudgeon 15 years older, I still enjoyed reading it quite a bit Despite my usual intolerance for digressions, and this book has many, I found it hard to put down for long The bits of history, cryptography, and the proper way to eat Captain Crunch all held my attention.In the years between my first read and this one, I d forgotten how hilarious this book can be at times Lawrence Waterhouse is a bit like Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory, only less likely to have the shit kicked out of him on a regular basis if he were a real person.Funny how some things never change, though My gripes the first time through were my gripes this time While I enjoyed the journey, the writing could have been tightened up a bit I felt like Stephenson was driving around looking for a free parking space when there was already one pretty close to the door Also, a part near the ending, which I will not spoil here, came out of left field and felt tacked on, unnecessary, and kind of stupid Also, I maintain that Stephenson hasn t written a great ending since Zodiac Other than that, I thought the book was pretty great Four out of five stars.


  8. says:

    I am FINIIIIIISHED I thought it didn t have an ending I thought Neal Stephenson kept sneaking to my house and inserting pages in the back while I was asleep I thought he would never be appeased until I begged him to stop with a deck of cards, morse code and a wide variety of pleading looks This is a massive boy book A MASSIVE boy book It s got overwhelmingly male characters, and they do really boy things, like coding, and shooting things, and drawing logarithmic graphs about the last time they masturbated I kept being surprised that I could open this book and it didn t immediately smell overpoweringly of old canvas and sweat And I say this in the most endearing way, generally speaking the characters in this book have no idea, none at all , that I am not One Of Them, so I got to romp about with the best of them, messing about with submarines and mid nineties hacker politics.I should probably tell you at this point, that two of my favourite things as a mid teenager were vintage pen and paper codebreaking and rambly adventure stories, so I was in my element This book is very exclusive in many ways and I am sure that in any other context I would get the rabbit in headlights look of someone who knows they re about to be accused of being a fake geek and who doesn t know quiiite enough what they re talking about to put those wholly ridiculous accusations to rest but as it was, for most of the time I was reading this, it was me and my comfy chair and my knitting and the printed word of Neal Stephenson, and I could slot myself into that narrow band of intended audience and roam around at my leisure This book is a boy book, and while I was reading it, I was a boy Which is a cack handed way of saying that I am a nerd and I don t get to talk about polyalphabetic ciphers you break with frequency analysis and a pad of graph paper very often, and Cryptonomicon made me feel as much at home as I could possibly have wished for Which is nice.It s also a cack handed way of saying I feel, in some way, like I shouldn t have felt at home It was so chock full of Tech Men and Soldier Men and Men Who Do Things Despite Slash For Their Womenfolk, that I genuinely felt like I was empathising on the wrong side of the divide at some points Like I was having to sneak in and pretend I had a metaphorical moustache Very odd Ladies of Goodreads, is that a thing you understand Men of Goodreads, when you read something very female led, like say Jane Eyre, or Rebecca, or whatever it is you emancipated chaps read these days, how do you feel I ve rarely felt that this strongly cough Gorky Park it was very odd At any rate I am interested by how how strongly this manifests itself in other people.Back to the book It s an info dump there is almost info dump than plot Some of it I knew already and that was comforting, some of it really fired me up for playing with numbers a bit While I ve been reading this book, I ve been occasionally meeting a friend who s teaching me the basics and then some of statistics, and I get the same feeling from that of channeling my enthusiasm into something practical, something that someone else is excited about as well I liked the info dump.It starts off really slowly There is basically no plot for probably the first two fifths certainly the first third It is full of inside references and totally devoid of beginning, middle or end If this bothers you, don t read it It bothered me, for a while that s why I put it down and came back a few months later Or that s one of the reasons The other reason is that it s NINE HUNDRED PAGES LONG AND NEAL STEPHENSON IS STILL TALKING.In the end, I put it aside often, but always came back There are very few books I can say that about, and of the others they were almost entirely written by Frenchmen This book is not like those books If you ask me, it s worth having a go at, and if you get 60 pages in and go cross eyed at the tiny font, don t worry You won t have missed much, and it s a nice place to come back to I might even read it again, but it probably won t be for a while A long while.


  9. says:

    Cryptonomicon.A 1000 page tech info dump comfort read Yes, comfort read,I think this is my fourth read of this wonderful novel and it just keeps on giving I m still picking up new subtleties, offhand comments that I missed, imagery that was lost on me on the last time through There is a reason why this is one of my favourite novels and why Stephenson is my favourite author Cryptonomicon is the story of money, value and information Lawrence Waterhouse, a math genius, works alongside Alan Turing at Bletchley Park and responsible for misinformation and broadening the bell curve Alan cracked the codes, but how do we not let the enemy know we have broke the codes Along comes Corporal Bobby Shaftoe and Detachment 2702 to ram battleships into Sweden, plant fake listening outposts and search for morphine at every chance.In the late 1990s Randy Waterhouse, Lawrence s grandson, is setting up a tech business with an old buddy in the aims of setting up a data haven in a fictional asian sultanate They get embroiled with some dodgy characters and make a business deal with Bobby Shaftoe s son and granddaughter Underwater salvage.There is much overlap here, with WWII events directly impacting on those 1990s events It s dense, erudite, full of what many would call too much information , but any decent nerd will bask and revel in It s not a book you read for a while, it s a book you live in for a month You ll be thinking about it at the bus stop It will sometimes stop you in your tracks hours after reading Ronald Reagan has a stack of three by five cards in his lap He skids up a new one What advice do you, as the youngest American fighting man ever to win both the Navy Cross and the Silver Star, have for any young marines on their way to Guadalcanal Shaftoe doesn t have to think very long The memories are still as fresh as last night s eleventh nighmare ten plucky Nips in Suicide Charge Just kill the one with the sword first Ah, Reagan says, raising his waxed and penciled eyebrows, and cocking his pompadour in Shaftoe s direction Smarrrt you target them because they re the officers, right No, fuckhead Shaftoe yells You kill em because they ve got fucking swords You ever had anyone running at you waving a fucking sword This book is a treasure It is pure fun and escapism into a crude, adventurous world of maths, espionage and hidden messages My 1999 edition with bible thin paper is battered, folded, yellowed and as floppy as you ll feel when you finish it.


  10. says:

    I m shocked by the critical acclaim this book received in the sci fi category but I suppose even a turd can float Two stars is really pushing it Maybe a star for the number of laughs I got per 100 pages This is the work of a technically inept egomaniac He does have some technical background he drops Unix hints and anagrams the name of a supposed deity who dies and then later comes back w no explanation However, it s not enough savoir faire for any of the content to make sense It might sound dangerous to some but just plain stupid to computer geeks such as myself It s obvious that this is not his first book by the way that the author is allowed to recklessly abandon the main plot or any of the 4 sporadic narratives for 70 100 page tangents If he hired a first yr EE student to clarify some basic principles, snipped about 500 pages and got some ritalin, this book might be tolerable Like many technical books or movies, I was utterly disappointed Why did I continue First, it was a gift and I would feel ungrateful if I didn t give it a fair chance Secondly, there are many alternating plots that the reader would naturally be led to believe that the lives of these men parallel each other in a different time and place If you like mysteries, you can almost imagine how these people are related This would have made the book entirely interesting But then nothing I finished the book and whipped it across the room Later, I skimmed the last half of this 900 PAGE SLEEPER to see if there was an overlooked morsel of evidence that made all these separate lives connected which would have made all of the silent pain and suffering from that book worth something Nothing Exactly what I got from the book nothing.


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About the Author: Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World , as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.