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Reamde by Neal Stephenson


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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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    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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When I find a Neal Stephenson's novel next up to read, I look at it with a mixture of anticipation and resignation. His novels are invariably entertaining, very interesting, and well worth reading; but the committment level must be there, because the reading time isn't measured in days but in weeks.
Reamde is a long book, full of interesting details of gaming, hacking, guns, revolutionaries, and the back-woods of Idaho/Canada. The most interesting parts of the book to me were the in-game descriptions where most of the beginning and middle of the book spent most of its time. The last third of the book is a standard chase through the Northwest with guns ablazing.
While entertaining, I can't help but think about what kind of book this could have been if he had somehow stayed in the virtual world longer. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
Excellent book. A fast paced read that draws you deep in. I could hardly put it down. Read it in 3 days. ( )
  danojacks | Jan 5, 2017 |
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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  blnq | Dec 27, 2016 |
Somewhat disappointing. I'm a big Neal Stephenson fan, of course, and a lot of what I like about his books is here. The prose, in particular, is as good as ever, and his characterization is deft and well-crafted.

The problem here is that this book feels somewhat bloated. While a lot of his book reach doorstop-size, for the most part you don't feel it while you're reading them, because they're crammed chock-full of interesting stuff. [b:Cryptonomicon|816|Cryptonomicon|Neal Stephenson|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/514E9A0MPEL._SL75_.jpg|1166797] and [b:Anathem|2845024|Anathem|Neal Stephenson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1224107150s/2845024.jpg|6163095] are good examples of this. (At least in my opinion.) But here it feels like there's just not much there. There's a subplot involving MMORPGs and online currency, but it quickly drifts into near-irrelevence, and the main plot is a pretty straight-forward terrorists-and-hostages thriller. It's well-done, but without the constant bubble of neat ideas the blow-by-blow descriptions of gunfights and chase scenes start to sag.

So, not bad by any means, but not great either. I feel like I would have been much happier if it was 400 pages lighter. ( )
  khaine | Nov 10, 2016 |
I often have multiple books that I read, and switch back and forth between them. Not this one; it was compelling, and I finished it in days, because it was just nearly impossible to put down. Stephenson never disappoints, but this is still one of his best. As I do with most truly worthwhile books that start out on my kindle, I'll still acquire a paper copy. I'll put it right next to Cryptonomicon (another favorite).

Updating to add that this review is now on the paper copy. I've deleted it from the Kindle version (no sense having an identical review).

This was, and is, one of Neal's best, and completely worth reading multiple times. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Sep 10, 2016 |
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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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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
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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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