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Reamde by Neal Stephenson
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Reamde

by Neal Stephenson

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2,9931762,819 (3.9)220
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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: A Merchant Princes Omnibus 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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4.5 stars. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
I enjoyed the tromp through several countries.
Unfortunately, I decided to try and read 100 books this year, and this tome has slowed me down. ( )
  scottkirkwood | Dec 4, 2018 |
Very enjoyable read. The subject matter was a bit random, but the pace was impressively fast and gripping, particularly for one stretch in the middle. While it kept me engaged and had some interesting parts, there also wasn't really anything surprising about the ending, which the book spent 300 pages converging on. ( )
  TravbudJ | Nov 26, 2018 |
Previously read 2014-10-21 ( )
  Matt_B | Jul 30, 2018 |
Greatly entertaining tome. I will come back and really write a review but I enjoyed this action packed book by one of my favorite authors. This story is global, covering US, Canada, China, Philippines. And the characters include jihadist, gamers, Russian mafia/gangsters, hackers, secret agents, and people living off the grid. I like Stephenson because he does provide a lot of info, some have faulted this of Stephenson. This while having a lot of cyber/technology, was mostly just plain thriller and very readable. ( )
  Kristelh | Jul 22, 2018 |
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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)
 
"Like Stephenson's most critically acclaimed novel, Cryptonomicon, Reamde combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure."
added by bookfitz | editThe Guardian, Miller Laura (Oct 7, 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)
 
"Stephenson’s control of these multifarious plotlines is remarkable, as is his evocation of settings as disparate as a 21st-century boomtown in southern China, a remote island in the Philippines, a survivalist compound in Idaho and Wal-Mart."
 
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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neal Stephensonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hillgartner, MalcolmReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Iacobelli, JamesCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stingl, NikolausTranslatorsecondary 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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