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An excellent addition to my favourite book list

Advantages: A big, thick, thought-provoking and challenging read
Disadvantages: Might be to much for some people

This is a real gem of a book, weighing in at a hefty 918 pages for a mere £8.99. The thing that surprised me most of all was just how much ground Stephenson manages to cover. The plot is set in two time zones, World War 2 and the present day. Some of the ...

jambo6 14.12.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson

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You need to read this book

Advantages: Fine, enjoyable read which stimulates and informs
Disadvantages: Maybe too long for some

This is easily the best book I've read so far this year. You know the kind, one that brings feeling s of disappoinment as the end nears. I wanted it to go on for at least a couple of hundred pages past the 900 provided. It is written in the same vein ...

Khanivor 21.09.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson

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The Geek shall inherit the earth

Advantages: Nothing else out there comes close
Disadvantages: Nothing else out there comes close

This is Stephenson's masterwork. Forget Snow Crash and Zodiac (both good but not in this league - and, for my money, pass by The Diamond Age), this book sprawls across continents, drips nerd humour, history, cryptography and conspiracy theory from its eve ...

oedipus 16.01.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson

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Marooned in Time.

Advantages: Absorbingly good read
Disadvantages: Bit too long and wordy at times.

...The basic premise of the books and there are three in the series ,is this. Mysterious forces in the space-time continuum throw the island of Nantucket and all its inhabitants back through some 3000 years of time,landing them smack on the edge of Bronze Ag ...

bwanamdevu 14.09.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Island in the Sea of Time - S.M. Stirling

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Computers as Angels?

Advantages: Entertaining Military fantasy
Disadvantages: Some will be put off by the Military aspects

...This book I would classify as Military science fiction. But do not let the military aspect put you off from a good read. The story so far: Once there was a Galactic federation, but this fell apart into warfare and strife. On the Earth like plane ...

Coloneljohn 24.02.2005 · Read full review
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Review of The Forge - David Drake, S.M. Stirling

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