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"[R]iveting idea porn."--Details on ANATHEM "Clever and intricate...truly ingenious...it's brilliance is undeniable."--Locus, Gary K. Wolfe on ANATHEM "A masterpiece...mind-bogglingly ambitious...readers will delight in puzzling out the historical antecedents in philosophy, science, mathematics, and art that Stephenson riffs on with his customary quicklsilver genius...it's one of the most thought-provoking novels I've ever read, and also one of the most engaging."--Locus, Paul Witcover, on ANATHEM "A sprawling disquisition...[a] logophilic treat for those who like their alternate worlds big, parodic and ironic."--Kirkus Reviews on ANATHEM "Anathem is a brilliant, playful tour of the terrain where logic, mathematics, philosophy and quantum physics intersect, a novel of ideas par excellence, melding wordplay and mathematical theory with a gripping, human adventure."--London Times on ANATHEM "A hell of a read."--Wired "Reading Anathem is a humbling experience."--Washington Post on ANATHEM "In Anathem, Stephenson creates a religion for skeptics and nerds."--Austin American-Statesman on ANATHEM "Suddenly, novels of ideas are cool again."--io9 on ANATHEM "The cult legend's newest book, Anathem, [is] destined to be an instant sci-fi classic."--Popular Mechanics on ANATHEM "Big, complex, and ambitious...Promises to be one of the most extravagant literary creations of the turn of the millennium--and beyond."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Intertwined the tale of an Internet startup with a Greatest Generation flashback, as if the author had foreseen both the Nasdaq bubble and Saving Private Ryan."--Slate "Anyone who has read Stephenson's Baroque Cycle will be familiar with his ingenuity when it comes to mixing science, sociology and satire with swashbuckling adventure, and ANATHEM duly marries extensive dialogues on quantum mechanics and the nature of consciousness to literal cliffhangers, high-tech warfare and general derring-do."--The Examiner (Ireland) on ANATHEM "Learned, witty, weirdly torqued, emotionally complex, politically astute, and often darkly comic...ANATHEM is an audacious work by a highly intelligent imagination, a delightfully learned text."--Edmonton Journal (Alberta) on ANATHEM "Anathem is a challenge: Make yourself one of the avout. Make yourself a scholar, and try to understand the world a little differently."--Eugene Weekly on ANATHEM "Anathem duly marries extensive dialogues on quantum mechanics and the nature of consciousness to literal cliffhangers, hi-tech warfare and derring-do."--Leicester Mercury on ANATHEM "Stephenson has a once-in-a-generation gift: he makes complex ideas clear, and he makes them funny, heartbreaking and thrilling."--Time magazine "A magnificent achievement. "--Booklist (starred review) on ANATHEM "Stephenson displays his ingenuity when it comes to mixing science, sociology and satire with swashbuckling adventure. Anathem marries extensive scientific and philosophical dialogues to cliffhangers, hi-tech warfare and derring-do."--Sunday Sun (UK) on ANATHEM "It's almost impossible to not be impressed by Anathem; there's simply too much erudition, wit, craft and risk-taking."--San Francisco Chronicle on ANATHEM "A daring feat of speculative fiction...ANATHEM offers the reader a luscious arrangement of words, jokes, and speculations."--Boston Globe "This is a book about science and philosophy which demands the full concentration of the reader -a worthwhile, smart, exciting read."--Time Out London "An engrossing look at the way the flow of information shapes history."--Entertainment Weekly(A) "Stephenson's expansive storytelling echoes Walter Miller's classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, the space operas of Larry Niven and the cultural meditations of Douglas Hofstadter - a heady mix of antecedents that makes for long stretches of dazzling entertainment."--Publishers Weekly on ANATHEM "Stephenson has a knack for making even the driest topics fascinating while rending the most complex subjects understandable. His attention to detail and relish for providing historical context provide the attentive reader with a liberal education, while his imagination and humor delight."--Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo) "[Neal Stephenson] has a magnificent gift."--Denver Post "Blending quantum physics, phenomenological philosophy and various other fun hobbies...Stephenson's enthusiasm to share his theories and explanations is infectious...think "The Name of the Rose" crossed with "Dune."..genuinely fascinating brain food."--The Oregonian (Portland) on ANATHEM "Electrifying . . . hilarious...a picaresque novel about code making and code breaking, set both during World War II and during the present day."--New York Times Book Review "What ever happened to the great novel of ideas? It has morphed into science fiction, and Stephenson is its foremost practitioner. A-"--Time magazine on ANATHEM "Rambling and revelatory...[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway."--Newsweek "A tour-de-force of world building and high-concept speculation, wrapped around a page-turning plot."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch on ANATHEM "He mashes up genres with the flair of Thomas Pynchon and the intellect of William Gibson."--Winnipeg Free Press on ANATHEM "The world Stephenson builds is richly visual, its complicated social politics are convincingly detailed, and its cool and conflicted heroes struggle with thrilling intellectual puzzles while they are tested in epic physical adventures."--Slate, Best of 2008 List, on ANATHEM "Fascinating...hysterical."--USA Today "[the] Homer of geek mythology."--San Diego Union-Tribune "REAMDE is...one big, carefully choreographed, jet-set square-dance of mayhem."--Bloomberg News "A story that, despite its gargantuan heft, speeds along like a bullet train....The depth of the story, the attention to detail, the interlocking narratives and fine characterizations mark REAMDE as an immersive literary experience."--Pittsburgh Tribune on REAMDE "REAMDE combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure."--The Guardian on REAMDE "Stephenson's REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller...a triumph, all 980 pages of it."--Cory Doctorow, boingboing.com "Sometimes when you're reading Neal Stepheson, he doesn't just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only" one."--Lev Grossman, Time magazine "In less masterful hands, this pile-up of implausible coincidences, madcap romance, technological mayhem and nail-biting suspense might have been a train wreck, but Stephenson pulls it off. REAMDE has one of the most satisfyingly over-the-top endings of anything I've read in years. "--Washington Post Book World ""Reamde" is an entertainment, an emormous, giddily complex one. There's no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now's the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity."--San Francisco Chronicle on REAMDE "Stephenson, best-known for his genre-hopping novels, tackles tech-terrorism in Reamde."--OakPark.Patch.com "[Stephenson] makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin."--International Herald Tribune on REAMDE "[REAMDE] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year, a book with the rare distinction of being one this reviewer wishes he had written."--Irish Examiner on REAMDE "Nobody else writes like Stephenson"--Press Association (England) on REAMDE "After a decade of novels set in 18th century Europe and in alternate universes, Neal Stephenson triumphantly returns as a bestselling author to contemporary America."--www.fantasyliterature.com "There's an intellectual pill buried deep in Mr. Stephenson's narrative candy, one powerful enough that he deserves to be classified as a major national and international resource."--Wall Street Journal on REAMDE "Stephenson somehow makes his crazy setup entirely plausible and tons of fun."--Knoxville News-Sentinel on REAMDE "Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written."--Boston Globe on REAMDE "Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story."--Publishers Weekly on REAMDE "Even at a thousand pages, Reamde is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself, and, refreshingly, it does so without employing the annoying modern thriller trend of rat-a-tat sprays of two-page chapters."--Stranger magazine on REAMDE "It's hard to sum up a 1,000 page tome in a short review, so if you don't feel like reading this rather long one, I'll boil it down to three words: I loved it."--Tor.com on REAMDE "[A] rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism. "--Sunday Times (London) on REAMDE "Even at a thousand pages, "Reamde" is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself....[A]n addicitve reading experience. You don't so much read the book as tear whole hundred-page chunk out of it with your eyes."--Stranger magazine on REAMDE ""Reamde" is an entertainment, an enormous, giddily complex one. There's no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now's the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity."--San Francisco Chronicle on REAMDE "Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller...Who'll prevail? We don't know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson's knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn--most geeky, and full of statisfying mayhem."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on REAMDE "Even at a thousand pages, Reamde is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself....[A]n addicitve reading experience. You don't so much read the book as tear whole hundred-page chunk out of it with your eyes."--Stranger magazine on REAMDE "Reamde is an entertainment, an enormous, giddily complex one. There's no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now's the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity."--San Francisco Chronicle on REAMDE "Sometimes when you're reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn't just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one."--Lev Grossman, Time magazine "Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, and--for the first time since Cryptonomicon--a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader....With REAMDE we have a very smart page-turner--a global chess game expertly played."--Mental_Floss on REAMDE