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Reamde by Neal Stephenson


by Neal Stephenson

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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.
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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 Beasts of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs (themulhern)
    themulhern: Somewhat unorthodox family is sundered by bad guys and in multiple concurrent narratives re-assembles itself, meanwhile finding new allies and new enemies. The chief female character emerges as a character with agency.
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    Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson (Mind_Booster_Noori)
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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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Very good sci-fi, imagining our future VR world, hints of Snowcrash here and there. Another great Stephenson novel ( )
  donblanco | Dec 4, 2019 |
As much as I love in the reading every word of Stephenson's meticulous and witty prose, I can't help wondering if this treatise on the human need to divide the world into "us" and "them" disguised as a trhiller really needed to be over a thousand pages long. Did we really need all that minute detail? And while that's with Stephenson's rabid-attention-loss-after-climax (three pages of epilogue following resolution) it also includes the two-hundred-odd pages before, arguably, the main plot starts. Not that I didn't enjoy the pants off the first two hundred pages.

Note to self: get an e-reader before Stephenson publishes next. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
A good long thriller from Neal Stephenson - a slog through Iowa, Xiamen, British Columbia, Seattle, an imaginary MMORPG, with geeks, jihadis, Russian mobsters, Idaho isolationists, an adopted Eritrean refugee making her way in the world, a former pot smuggler turned legit money laundering billionaire... ( )
  Joe.McLaughlin | Jul 27, 2019 |
Dearly wants an editor. This tome reads like an unfiltered stream of consciousness. Tedious, bewildering at times; a promising premise buried by dragging, robotic dialogue between paper-thin characters. ( )
  shum57 | Jul 22, 2019 |
This was one long techno-thriller. Stephenson's books are usually a good deal weirder and I missed that. The ninjas didn't even show up, though you'd think I'd be satisfied with hackers, Russian mafia, Al-Qaeda terrorists and various other gun-nuts. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
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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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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.
"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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