SEVENEVES By Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson has been on a roll recently, since Anathem, which I consider to be an amazing science-fiction novel. He naturally faced a quandary after writing so much cyberpunk that he had to reinvent new genres whilst writing his new books.

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Seveneves By Neal Stephenson Notable Quotes

I managed to finish The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly last night and read 174 pages of Neal Stephenson’s new book, Seveneves. I’ve been waiting for this book for a while. I get the feeling that I will finish it quite quickly.

It was with great trepidation that I heard that Neal Stephenson was going to write another science-fiction novel, finally. I still regard Anathem one of his best novels (of which I have at least 3 different versions, 2 physical, 1 digital), but he has written so many great ones over the years.

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More On Pinker & Gladwell

Lloyd explains why Pinker and Gladwell don’t agree, which is partly based upon Gladwell’s new book, What the Dog Saw., a collection of essays that were published in the New Yorker.

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Anathem is Neal Stephenson’s latest novel. After having toiled at The Baroque Cycle last year, Stephenson is back with a speculative fiction book. Although we can’t really say that this is a science-fiction book, it still uses elements of that genre.

Unlike The Baroque Cycle, which is composed of three separate books, Anathem is a standalone 928-page volume. Stephenson created a distinct vocabulary for this book. This makes things more challenging for the usual reader, since it forces you to check up the glossary. After a few chapters, this is no problem. Stephenson’s genre and writing is quite immersive, so I really got into the book. It took me two days to finish it.

I found the Anathem wiki very useful after having read the book. I wouldn’t recommend reading the wiki before having completed your first reading of Anathem. Spoilers are all over it and without knowing, you’ll spoil your fun.

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The Ghost Brigades

Well, I’ve just finished The Ghost Brigades, the second novel from John Scalzi in the Old Man’s War universe. It was pretty entertaining as well.

Book 3 is The Last Colony, which came out last year. Book 4 is coming out in August and it’s called Zoe’s Tale.

While I await to purchase The Last Colony next week, as well as, hopefully, Metal Swarm from Kevin J. Anderson, The Prefect and House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds and the last Dune book, which I haven’t yet read. I’m anxiously awaiting Anathem from Neal Stephenson.

I’m kind of pissed that Scalzi is actually already reading Anathem and has received The Prefect earlier this year. (Die Scalzi, die!)

What made me read Scalzi? I’ve been reading his blog for about 5 months. That in itself isn’t really what made me decide to start reading his work. It’s actually because I saw the Tor.com had Old Man’s War out for free as an ebook. It’s no longer available, but I was curious.

His writing is peculiar. Like I mentioned before, there is a sardonic wit present in his stories, which is mostly absent from the more hard hitting science-fiction. Just think about the premise of Android’s Dream. A trade negotiator kills his alien rival during a set of talks by farting him to death thanks to a stick up his ass.

The System Of The World Update

I just finished reading The System of the World by Neal Stephenson. Great book, great ending. After 3000 pages of stories, I’m a bit sad that it’s over. Oh well, I’ve got Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds to read and by the time I finish that, I’ll be back in Taipei to fill up on books.

I’m too exhausted to write a review or my initial impressions. I’ll save that for later in the week.

Quicksilver Neal Stephenson

I’ve been trying to read this book for years.

Quicksilver.

The Baroque Cycle.

I think that this was my fourth attempt at trying to read it. I found a post from last year when I was trying to read it as well. I was at page 150. Currently, I’m almost halfway through the 900 page monster. I’m a Neal Stephenson fan. I’ve enjoyed Snow Crash, Crypotnomicon, and other Neal Stephenson books.

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson is the first volume of his series The Baroque Cycle. The second and third volumes (released in the second and third quarters of 2004 respectively), are entitled The Confusion and The System of the World.

Quicksilver is set in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, mostly in England, France, and the United Provinces, with sections that take place further east and in Massachusetts. The scenes from the 18th century are narrated in the third person present tense, while the scenes from the 17th century are third person past tense.

These are the books that I’ve read from this author. Snow Crash and Interface are incredible. I loved The Diamond Age as well.

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