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Reamde: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Neal Stephenson

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Title:Reamde: A Novel
Authors:Neal Stephenson
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 1056 pages
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Reamde by Neal Stephenson

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    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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My least favorite Stephenson and his most mainstream work. An awful lot of work for not much more than a Clancy thriller. ( )
  kwbridge | Sep 6, 2014 |
I hadn't yet read enough Stephenson to know what to expect with this book, so I was assuming it would be more sci-fi. So I was confused, and then didn't have enough patience for what felt like a slow start. So I put it down and came back to it a month later, and oooh, it's a techno-thriller! With terrorists! And clandestine border crossings and urban and wild adventures. What a fantastically fun read! ( )
  evilmoose | Aug 6, 2014 |
Reamde, like Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle before it, showcases Stephenson's knack for crafting intricate webs of multiple narratives, culminating in one final showdown. It reads a little like a contemporary Snow Crash, and gamers will appreciate the fact that Stephenson, characteristically, comes off as, if not a native, at least a well-informed ethnographer of MMO worlds familiar with how they actually look and feel (as opposed to the bizarre alarmist CSI-style treatment they're given in a lot of other contemporary fiction). Sadly, Reamde also retains some of the most cringeworthy parts of Stephenson's other works. Characters aren't so much well-rounded as they are painfully stereotypical, and the Hollywood action climactic scenes drag on for around 200 pages more than necessary. While that was a little more forgivable in novels stocked with nerd candy till the end (cryptography, history, weird computer viruses), in Reamde, the last few hundred pages of the book toss that all aside for a bizarre hunt-down-Osama-oops-I-Mean-Jones "climax" that leaves so much to be desired. I felt a little like I bought a ticket to see Being John Malkovich and ended up watching National Treasure.Reamde, while it gets off to a strong start and is consistently action-packed, may not be a good fit for readers who enjoyed Stephenson's previous, more sophisticated work. ( )
  joceloon | Aug 5, 2014 |
This book is a beast. What’s more, it’s a joyously ridiculous beast. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Anathem (nor will it, I suspect, stick with me as long as the brilliantly mind-numbing Anathem), but it’s a surprisingly fast-paced read for such a huge book.

Read the rest at:

http://www.robbflynn.com/?p=3070 ( )
  RobbFlynn | Jul 6, 2014 |
This was another classic Stephenson novel: intricate with multiple timelines that you can't see converging but eventually do, detailed descriptions of everything from the smell of clothing to gunshot damage to log cabins and about 500 pages longer than it really needs to be. Its certainly not the sort of book that you can easily digest in one sitting - this is a bedtime book to be read over a week or two and hope that you can remember all the details of what happened three chapters ago to one of the various groups of people involved in the tale.

Having said that, it is a very good tale and its woven together expertly. Despite its length it does make you want to turn the page to find out what happens next and I guess that's the real skill of a decent author. ( )
  jimll | Jun 29, 2014 |
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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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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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