Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Report: Cryptonomicon

Well, not quite a book report. I'm reporting that I am moving this book from my purse to my nightstand, where it won't get much attention. I'm still willing to finish it, but I'll tell you why it's not a priority anymore: I'm supposed to be posting science fiction reviews over at Worlds Unimagined and if there's one thing this paper brick isn't, it's science fiction.

Is it good? Yes. Stephenson knows how to hit me with just the right amount of hyperbole and get me awful close to honest-to-god ROFLing. That's a rare thing -- I'm a tough audience, when it comes to comedy.

It consists of a WWII-era storyline and a modern-day (late 90s) storyline. Of them, the WWII story is far more interesting IMO. I've been starting to skim the modern-day chapters, to be honest, because it's a bit murkier in its goals and challenges. Neither story, as of two-thirds of the way through the book, involves the slightest bit of science fiction. Which isn't bad in and of itself, it's just that my to-read pile is getting deep and I've got to keep moving.

Up next: Old Man's War.

4 comments:

Celeste said...

Just wanted to tell you that it was my pleasure to read your work. :) I hope some day you get a chance to finish it and post it up. I'm so curious as to how it'll end!!


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Zan Marie said...

Hi, I'm following you now. I found you over at Rach Writes and I thought I'd drop in.

Some books are like that, aren't they? When the story is uneven, we find that the slow parts are easy to skip.

BTW, I'm only 3 followers from 200 and will launch a Celebration Blogfest soon. Come and see me.

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

Very nice to meet you, would love to become critique partner. I write both novel length fiction and short stories, both science fiction and fantasy. You can contact me through: sylviavbruggen at gmail dot com

Rachael Harrie said...

That's interesting how it's billed as a SF book when it doesn't have any :O Can't wait to hear whether you ever finish it :)

Hugs,

Rach

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