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Reamde

by Neal Stephenson

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    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (mhcityplanner)
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    Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson (Anonymous user)
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    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Anonymous user)
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    Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (Galorette)
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    For the Win by Cory Doctorow (kjforrest)
    kjforrest: Both books cover gaming, gold farming and economics in an interesting way. For The Win is much shorter and a better read, but Reamde is good too.
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    Halting State by Charles Stross (infiniteletters)
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    The Bloodline Feud (Merchant Princes Omnibus 1) by Charles Stross (Anonymous user)
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    Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (themulhern)
    themulhern: There has been some talk about Stephenson's female characters and some assertion that he is anti-feminist. My feeling is that he is, perhaps, writing his female characters as "bad feminists" in the sense that Roxane Gay uses that term in this collection of essays.… (more)
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An excellent model for what a good book can be, "Reamde" surpasses all reader expectations. Stephenson is known for his high-action, large-scope narratives, and this is one of his best. The plot sweeps through a virtual problem and a real one, both pertaining to our current society. All the characters are well-developed and easily become sympathetic icons. Even the villains have moments of heroism, which takes true writing strength. You know you have a good read when you don't want a 1000+ book to end, yet you can't stop due to the action-packed suspense. ( )
  Meghanista | Jul 17, 2015 |
Not what I expected from the author of Cryptonomicon and the Baroque cycle. It starts off promisingly with modern, hot topics like a bitcoinlike virtual currency, the mmorpg T'Rain and its gold farmers, and ransomware, but quickly develops into a simple action story packed full of unbelievable coincidences, with a conflict between evil, largely unidimensional Muslims and others. Disappointing. ( )
  ohernaes | Jul 8, 2015 |
Good story although complex at times. Worth muddling through until it all becomes clear.
Neal likes to describe things...a lot.. frequently. Sometimes you don't need to know (for 3 pages) what a minor character did before catching up to the many major characters. But Neal will let you know. Could have been 300 pages less and still fabulous. ( )
  CathyInCanada | Jun 25, 2015 |
Good story although complex at times. Worth muddling through until it all becomes clear.
Neal likes to describe things...a lot.. frequently. Sometimes you don't need to know (for 3 pages) what a minor character did before catching up to the many major characters. But Neal will let you know. Could have been 300 pages less and still fabulous. ( )
  CathyInCanada | Jun 25, 2015 |
This is now the second book by Stephenson that I have abandoned.
I made it to around page 240 which is merely 1/4 of the way through this giant doorstop of a book.
Brevity lives in a faraway land for Mr. Stephenson and he does not travel there often.
My god, where does he get the time to churn out these monster novels?

The truth is that he is actually a very good writer. He writes confidently and with deep knowledge of his subject (in this case, the world of online video games as the backdrop for a thriller).
But, oh man is this guy wordy. As I said in my other review, he is the anti-Hemingway.

I just could not hang in there. I couldn't slog through to the end.

However, if you like online video games I would definitely recommend that you pick up this book. It is rich with interesting detail about the intricacies of online gaming and how worlds are created and players interact.

As you might guess, I have never played an online video game in my life and in the end, was just not that interested in the level of detail that Stephenson presents. The thriller theme woven through the novel was actually pretty good with very good characters and a well-strung plot.

If you like long books, I mean really long books and if you like video games you might really enjoy Reamde.

I did, but not enough to make it to the end.
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All of Stephenson's fiction has thrilling moments (and as his novels tend to be big, those moments can go on for many, many pages), but this is the first of his books that is nothing but a thriller, one that will sit comfortably on shelves weighed down by, say, the complete works of Robert Ludlum.
added by dcozy | editThe Japan Times, David Cozy (Nov 27, 2011)
 
Sci-fi geeks flock to the master's wildly complex novels -- but his latest, "Reamde," is maddeningly conventional
added by bertilak | editSalon, Andrew Leonard (Sep 19, 2011)
 
REAMDE, Stephenson's latest novel [...] is a book that represents a new kind of equilibrium in Stephenson's literary canon: a book that is simultaneously as baroque as System of the World and as cleanly and crisply finished as Anathem. It is, in other words, a triumph, all 980 pages of it
added by r.orrison | editBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Sep 14, 2011)
 

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Neal Stephensonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hillgartner, MalcolmReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iacobelli, JamesCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Richard kept his head down.  Not all those cow pies were frozen, and the ones that were could turn an ankle.
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"Fate has given us a totally awesome foe." -Qian Yuxia
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Four decades ago Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of his Iowa-based family, fled to a wild and mountainous corner of British Columbia to avoid the draft. Quickly realizing that he could make a lot of fast cash carrying backpack loads of high-grade marijuana across the border into Northern Idaho he began to amass an enormous and illegal fortune. Living an affluent but lonely and monotonous life in B.C., Richard became addicted to the online fantasy game World of Warcraft and like many serious players of the game he also fell into the habit of purchasing viral gold pieces and other desirables from Chinese gold farmers—young men who make a living playing the game and accumulating virtual weapons and armor that can be sold to American and European buyers who have more money than time. Luckily for Richard, it was the perfect opportunity to launder his aging hundred dollar bills and begin a new business venture to further expand his fortune.

Now the head of a major computer gaming group called Corporation 9592 with its own super-successful online fantasy game, T’Rain, Forthrast is caught in the center of a global thriller and a virtual war for dominance that is accidentally triggered by a young gold farmer.
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A fast-paced thriller
Hackers, mobsters, terrorists
Done Stephenson-style

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When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.… (more)

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