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Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson

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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    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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This is another example of terrific storytelling by Stephenson. He has the ability to weave what seem like several disparate plots into a very tight narrative.

I was a bit disappointed with the ending, which devolved into a seemingly formulaic climax for a suspense thriller.

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  grandpahobo | Sep 24, 2015 |
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  Lorem | Sep 4, 2015 |
It seemed to be high time that I sampled one of Stephenson's novels. This one is a 1042-pager involving an MMPORP game (thus like Charles Stross's _Halting State_ in that one respect), Chinese hackers spreading ransomware, the Russian underworld, and lots of those religion-addled terrorist barbarians who call themselves jihadists. Prominent among the story's locations are the Xiamen area of China and the BC/Idaho border It's just terrific, and it has buttressed my intent to read _Seveneves_ in the relatively near future.
  fpagan | Aug 1, 2015 |
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 |
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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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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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