I’ve long been a fan of Stephenson, but I really didn’t enjoy Anathem, so when Reamde came out I didn’t jump right on it. It sounded good though, and a friend read it recently, so I gave it a shot.

I haven’t been disappointed.

It’s all set in current times, unlike Cryptonomicon. At the time of this writing there are a number of cultural references that are very relevant at the moment, but may fade with time.

I’m not going to cover the storyline, you can read that on any page selling it. I will say that it’s almost non-stop action. My only complaint is that there are very few emotional breathing stops. I started reading about a gun battle one evening, and don’t really feel like that “scene” ended for another week of reading. That’s not to say that gun battle lasted that long, but the whole Event did. That’s a lot of evenings putting the book down in mid-excitement.

I’m about 100 pages from the end and am very excited to see how it ends.

3 thoughts on “Reamde

  1. I’m currently reading Reamde too; I’m about 50 pages from the end. Your thoughts on the book closely match mine. Like you, I like this one more than Anathem and less than Cryptonomicon. I hope to finish the book this week and write my review soon after.

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