Reamde - Neal Stephenson

Reamde

By Neal Stephenson

  • Release Date: 2011-09-20
  • Genre: Adventure
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 822 Ratings)

Description

“Stephenson has a once-in-a-generation gift: he makes complex ideas clear, and he makes them funny, heartbreaking, and thrilling.”
—Time

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.

Reviews

  • Dreadful (by a Stephenson fan)

    1
    By NervousFishdown II
    I hated this. It's full of already hackneyed post-9/11 stereotypes. The villain is 2-D. The plot is bol**x. Am a huge fan of pretty much everything this author has done, but here he's just dialing it in. Feels like he was just writing this one for cash. Shame. It'll be a whole before I read another of his books.
  • Lee Child meets Ernest Cline...sort of

    3
    By DaveHelms
    I love raw, action-filled, recycled-plotted books like Lee Child writes in his Jack Reacher series. And Ernest Cline's Ready Player One novel is one of the best I've ever read. Reamde, after the first 100 pages promised to be both, so I was set for the long haul. Stephenson did an outstanding job of keeping me interested throughout the book through the use of constant context-switching and wondering what will become of all of the fairly well-developed characters. However, the author gets a little too descriptive and wordy for my tastes, which became a distraction as I just wanted to find out how all this craziness would resolve, and not get bogged down in the different shades of green present in a distant harbor somewhere. Overall a great book, just be prepared to tune out for entire pages at a time if you're like me and can't stay focused for pages at a time on imagery with no steps toward story or character development.
  • Reamde

    5
    By Metawave
    It's the insightful commentary about the small things that makes Neal Stephenson's writing so engaging. His perceptions about ordinary experiences give even the most improbable scenarios a convincing aspect that make me want more. I love the feeling of wanting the narrative to keep going even when the last page is turned. I was sorry to have Reamde end.
  • A banquet of awesomeness

    5
    By Springhaven 844
    Mr. Stephenson is simply brilliant at constructing enormously complex, sprawling stories with intricate and ingenious plots, sub-plots and sub-sub-plots that come together in amazing ways. Reamde is another such epic, and if you (like me) loved Cryptonimicon and the Baroque Cycle and Snow Crash you will be (like me) thrilled with his book.
  • Great Ideas advanced by Stale Plot Device

    3
    By Polarity Reversal
    The biggest problem with REAMDE is that it relies on the uninspired (and ubiquitous) Victim-Heroine-Against-Brutal-Men trope to advance the action of this otherwise imaginative cyber-crime/terrorist novel.
  • Seriously amazing book

    5
    By desert hermit
    If you liked Cryptonomicon you'll like this. I've been giving people copies of Stephenson's books for year and, sadly, no one ever reads them because the page count freaks them out. My vehement claims that the page count is an asset in this case has never convinced anyone apparently. Too bad. Just read anything Stephenson's ever written.
  • Fans should skip this

    1
    By Joe6134
    I love Stephenson - read and loved many of his books. Sorry to say he completely phoned this in. It's not quite a one-star but it is definitely not worth it, and will lower your opinion of a great writer. This book is badly conceived and filled with plot holes. A few times a random animal comes in and kills/hurts the aggressors at the most vital moment. It then drags on into a highly improbable fight between good old fashioned American folk and "terrorists" in the back woods of America. Don't waste your time - instead read Cryptonomicon again - will be a much better time investment.
  • Taking a deep breath....

    5
    By KaNineteen
    This is my first Stephenson book so I have nothing to compare it to as to how sci-fi it is etc, but beyond all of that, it's simply incredible. I guess simply is a bad word because nothing about this book is simple. When I imagine the time something of this scope must have taken it makes my brain hurt. There are so many locations, characters, worlds, races, spy organizations etc etc etc, and yet, somehow, I never felt overwhelmed. Stephenson manages to keep me just enough in the loop and to tie it all up perfectly at the end. I enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait to read more by this author.
  • Back down to earth...🌏

    5
    By Ben Keller
    ...because the earth has become so surreal that there's no need to do sci-fi anymore. Reamde is the novel Stephenson would have written instead of Snowcrash had he the ability to see the future. It has everything cyberpunk had - hackers, virtual worlds, underworld figures operating beneath society's radar - only this time around, it's all perfectly real. This is post-postcyberpunk, the world that we got instead of the world we imagined. And yet, somehow, it's not that far off.
  • Reamde is a good Read.

    5
    By Emma Libster
    Enjoyed the book; storyline, characters, wilderness, and techno-babble. thanks!

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