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  •  Started Anathem last night (2+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, RiveroftheWest

    and I'm having the reaction I initially had to Reamde -- it's slow to engage me. And because it's science fiction, my laziness gets in the way, too -- if I'm going to learn about exotic places and situations, I like it if they're real(ish) because then maybe I'll know something transferable e.g. if I go to the place or encounter it again in fiction. I shake off the laziness eventually in SF books I like, but I'm still a bit crabby about it in Anathem, since I'm only a few hours into it.

    I agree with everything you said about Reamde.

    I'll have to try again with the Baroque trilogy. The opening of the first book struck me as somehow kids' book-like, and I wasn't in that mood or something, couldn't get into it.

    "Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed be doing at that moment." Robert Benchley

    by scilicet on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 01:48:18 PM PDT

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    •  'Anathem' is by far his weirdest book, I found. (1+ / 0-)
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      I found it abstruse, and it's the one I haven't finished yet. I'll return to it one day: Stephenson has a fertile imagination, so I know that reaching so boldly into new territory will be exciting, when I get there. And it did start to pick up, drama-wise, once the main character left the gates and went into the town and the factory.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 02:27:49 PM PDT

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      •  Agree on Anathem n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

        by foolrex on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:30:46 PM PDT

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      •  I'm about halfway through it now (2+ / 0-)
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        and past the point where I wonder if I'm going to keep on -- I know I will because I'm invested enough in the characters at this point and I feel at home in that world. But not a heck of a lot has happened so far, after many hours of listening, and the one big dramatic event would have been very small potatoes in Cryptonomicon or Reamde. I imagine it'll have more tension and action now, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it's going. But I have to say, it helps that it's an audiobook & I've been doing a lot of things that make listening to audio convenient. I'm not sure I'd have stuck with a print or ebook this long waiting to bond with it.

        "Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed be doing at that moment." Robert Benchley

        by scilicet on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 07:41:04 PM PDT

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        •  Frankly, it would have fallen into my NTBR pile - (1+ / 0-)
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          but I have faith in Stephenson's bold imagination, and if he wants to reach, I'll go along for the ride. Eventually.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:07:26 PM PDT

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