Search Results: "Neal Stephenson"


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REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Who'll prevail? We don't know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson's knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem."
Who lives by the joystick dies by the joystick: Noir futurist Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.) returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller. Read full book review >

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SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 15, 1992

"The flashy, snappy delivery fails to compensate for the uninhabited blandness of the characters. And despite the many clever embellishments, none of the above is as original as Stephenson seems to think. An entertaining entry that would have benefitted from a more rigorous attention to the basics."
After terminally cute campus high-jinks (The Big U) and a smug but attention-grabbing eco-thriller (Zodiac), Stephenson leaps into near-future Gibsonian cyberpunk—with predictably mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Learned, violent, sarcastic, and profound: a glorious finish to one of the most ambitious epics of recent years."
The Baroque Cycle crosses the finish line: somewhat winded but still spry. Read full book review >

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THE CONFUSION by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2004

"Packed with more derring-do than a dozen pirate films and with smarter, sparklier dialogue than a handful of Pulitzer winners, this is run-and-gun adventure fiction of the most literate kind."
Stephenson's Baroque Cycle grows streamlined in a hefty but propulsive second volume. Read full book review >

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THE DIAMOND AGE by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 16, 1995

"All of this is staggeringly inventive and meticulously detailed, but, lacking a coherent plot and set forth in an irritatingly vainglorious style, it's ultimately soulless and uncompelling."
Stephenson (Snow Crash, 1992) imagines a 21st century in which molecular machines (nanotechnology) can create any desired object or structure. Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A departure for both authors and a pleasing combination of much appeal to fans of speculative fiction."
Immense and immensely entertaining genre-hopping yarn from hard-core sci-fi veteran Stephenson (Seveneves, 2015, etc.) and historical novelist Galland (Stepdog, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

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SOME REMARKS by Neal Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A occasionally uneven but mostly engaging assortment from a talented literary mind."
The author of The Baroque Cycle series and works of speculative fiction offers a miscellany of stories and essays, some of classic Stephensonian length. Read full book review >

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ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Light on adventure, but a logophilic treat for those who like their alternate worlds big, parodic and ironic."
A sprawling disquisition on "the higher harmonics of the sloshing" and other "polycosmic theories" that occupy the residents of a distant-future world much like our own. Read full book review >

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SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction."
No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them.Read full book review >

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CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

Stephenson's prodigious new yarn (after The Diamond Age, 1995, etc.) whirls from WWII cryptography and top-secret bullion shipments to a present-day quest by computer whizzes to build a data haven amid corporate shark-infested waters, by way of multiple present-tense narratives overlaid with creeping paranoia. Read full book review >

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THE BIG U by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1984

"Some obvious campus appeal—but readers no longer living in dorms (and many of those still on campus) will probably find this merely repetitious, labored, and awfully dumb."
A terminally cute 1980s campus novel—as first-novelist Stephenson blends imitation-Thomas Pynchon with imitation Animal House: Apocalypse Meets the Practical Joke is the primary motif. Read full book review >

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Released: May 26, 1988

Although Stephenson credits the hard-boiled detective novels of James Crumley as the spiritual spark plug for this antic thriller, these adventures of an ultrahip sleuth who tracks ecological crooks owe more to the comic iconoclasm of Richard Farina and William Kotzwinkle—and the immature campus high jinks of Stephenson's own The Big U (1984)—than to Crumley's knowing, semitragic ironies. Read full book review >