The Diamond Age And Other Neal Stephenson Books

I was walking past the Sogo on Fuxing Rd. near Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station (忠孝復興捷運站). Part of the Down Fuxing North Road Series.

I first discovered Neal Stephenson when someone gave me his book Cryptonomicon.

I was fascinated by it.

A few years later, I discovered Snow Crash, The Diamond Age and Interface. At last news, The Diamond Age will become a mini-series on the SciFi channel.

I have tried reading the Baroque Cycle at least twice, but to no avail. The Baroque Cycle is composed of three volumes; Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of the World. I have seen the first two on sale at Page One for 400 NTD. I might just get them and start reading some more Stephenson while I wait for the new Alastair Reynolds book The Prefect to come out later this year come out on April 2nd 2007. That should give me at least a few weeks of reading material, on top of everything else that I read.

(This was a few years ago and I was able to read a few hundred pages at most.)

Reading ebooks is never good. So most probably, I will get them in the next few weeks in order to finish them at last. This reminds me when I was younger and tried reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace. I was about 13 at the time and was very interested by my mother’s very large and thick book.

I started reading it, but after 200 pages could not stomach it any further, because of the repetitiveness of the troupe movements.

I managed to finish the book a few months later, but it was a challenge.

I reread Snow Crash when my interest in memes and memetics spiked last year, I believe. Here is my first post about this. And this is the second post on Snow Crash.
So today, I got myself a hardcopy of The Diamond Age. Good news, I’ve already started the book and most probably will finish it this week.

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2 Responses to “The Diamond Age And Other Neal Stephenson Books”


  1. 1 Peaeater March 29, 2007 at 23:49

    I had pretty much the same response to Neal Stephenson. Started with Snow Crash, next to Diamond Age, then Cryptonomicon. And loved them all. But choked on the Baroque Cycle. It didn’t grab me. Hard to say why.

  2. 2 range March 30, 2007 at 01:09

    I don’t know. The last time I tried reading it, I was reading it on my computer. The next time I try, I’ll just buy myself a copy. Maybe that will help. It won awards.

    But…
    Even then, it’s supposed to explain parts of the Cryptonomicon, but it’s hard to deal with, I believe.

    It reminds me of Baudolino by Umberto Eco. I tried reading it a few times, but only managed to read half of the novel.


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