Reamde

Reamde

Book - 2011
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"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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061977961
Branch Call Number: FIC STE
FIC STE
Characteristics: 1044 p. ; 24 cm

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tjdickey
May 10, 2017

Hey, a dot-com billionaire, a Russian mafioso, a Chinese hacker, an Islamic jihadist, an English spy, and an Idaho survivalist walk into a bar…
Actually, they don’t gather in a bar, but these are a few of the main characters in Stephenson’s improbable but raucous romp. Oh, and to make things more interesting, some of the action takes place through avatars in a virtual world as well… An unusual thriller, and highly recommended.

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philisgreat
Jun 09, 2016

This is a rollicking adventure that goes around the world but in fact has some excellent action that takes place with detailed description a little corner of the Kootenays (not to mention Washington and Idaho). I've read it twice. Highly recommended.

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1tarheel
Nov 05, 2015

Is there a place for a 6th star? So long (600? 700 pages?), and so memorable. You've already roared through 300 pages by the time the international terrorists make their appearance.

And, according to folks I trust, this isn't even the best of his novels. Apparently, he's a genius, and a bit of a nut. Can't recommend 'Reamde' enough.

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hindins
Apr 23, 2015

More a techno-thriller than science fiction but a great and geeky read.

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JHin_reads
Jan 10, 2014

This is a long read (over 1,000 pages) but it's like a roller coaster ride without the dull parts. Lots of suspense and cliffhangers that will keep you turning the page late into the night.

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StarGladiator
Jan 07, 2014

From the Publishers Weekly review: "Stephenson (Anathem), the master of meandering, inconclusive plots.." Oh wow, one can certainly tell the reviewer has read Stephenson's books!

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kt_santiago
Jan 02, 2014

Loved this book, it was a little slow at the start but after the first chapter or so it had me hooked until the end.

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CAGIRLSS
Mar 23, 2013

This was a great book! So many unusual, and yet fully realized, characters, plus wild plot twists and lots of violent fun. Very different from Stephenson's other books (e.g. Cryptonomicon), but in a good way. I literally had trouble putting it down, and at 800+ pages, it got pretty heavy ;-) I hope he writes more like this one.

rhvic Feb 23, 2013

An excellent story! Lots of disparate characters come together for a final thrilling climax. Great stuff!

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siharris
Jan 16, 2013

If you liked William Gibson's recent Blue Ant series you'll enjoy this as it seems very similar in style. If you're into WoW you'll love it for the online RPG angle (which incidentally even though I don't play any games like this I still thought it was pretty cool). If you're an out an out Stephenson fan you might find it lacks depth a bit compared to some of his other novels. It certainly doesn't have the innovation or scope of Anathem. As per the other comments it's fun, and progresses at a quicker pace then some of his other novels. Worth a read.

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