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Cryptonomicon

9 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson enjoys cult status among science fiction fans and techie types thanks toSnow Crash, which so completely redefined conventional notions of the high-tech future that it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. But if his cyberpunk classic was … see full wiki

Author: Neal Stephenson
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Avon
5 reviews about Cryptonomicon
review by . July 02, 2010
Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is three stories in one, telling the tale of a World War II marine named Bobbie Shaftoe, his cryptologist colleague Lawrence Waterhouse (who incidentally invents the computer in his story), and the cryptologist's Silicon Valley techie grandson Randy Waterhouse. Written in the 1990s, many of the technological aspects are now dated, but that doesn't detract much from the impact of the story. Shaftoe's story is the most engaging and action-filled, from his …
review by . July 02, 2010
Cryptonomicon is up there with my favourite books of all time.  I brought it last year, read the first chapter, and then never read any more until I purchased the audio version from Audible.  Its a thick book which equates to 43 hours of listening time, and read by William Dufris (who also read Neal Stephenson's Anathem) it really comes alive and made this story a lot easier to get into.  It seems to be a trade mark of Stephenson's books that it takes the first 100 pages to …
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
I really enjoy the way Stephenson's mind works. This is a brilliant book. However, you must keep up with two different periods of time, present day and past tense. Keep track of your characters and if you get lost review it again. I struggled with this book as much as I enjoyed it.
Quick Tip by . April 20, 2010
Great book
review by . January 05, 2006
This is the kind of great novel that, without any pretensions of intellectualism (but an enormous display of intelligence), is both immense in scope, bold in vision, and lightheartedly cool and funny. No review could convey the range of issues, both mundane and enormous, that are covered in this book. More than that, no review could convince a reader how enjoyable and laugh out loud hilarious it is in more places than I can count. I really liked the fact that I could get lost in the novel for a …
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