Walmart — particularly its well-stocked guns and ammo department — proves essential to the plans of both the jihadis and their opponents. Such as how a multi-player, on-line game, something like The World of Warcraft , comes to be, looking at the building blocks, things like an underlying plot, geology, color, sound, architecture, racial mix, biota. The details can be incredibly complicated and diverse, varying from details on guns, terrorist cells, MMPORG computer game development, to even street layouts and shops in Taiwan! This book was over the top So will you enjoy this one? In Reamde Stephenson clearly stepped far outside his expertise to tell us a story about

View all 9 comments. The premise and I don’t think this is a spoiler is the intrusion of a MMORPG a massively multiplayer online role-playing game on real life in unexpected and potentially disastrous ways — not in a Tron-like player-gets-absorbed-into-the-game sense, but in a way that strikes me as so realistic although I can’t really judge, not being a MMORPG player myself that, for all I know, it may be a riff on a real-life incident. There is not much here for the literary treasure hunter, although there are a few fun references here and there. Read at your own risk; it will be worth it And it is this reversal that makes Reamde a standout amongst thrillers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Stephenson has a lot of fun paralleling developments in the real world with action in the game world.

And Reamde is a very good tale, action-packed and filled with a ton of interesting poot in a plot that wen I used to really, really like Neal Stephenson. Works by Neal Stephenson. But Reamde is not a pure entertainment.

And don’t forget about the spies. Jun 08, Alondra rated it really liked it Shelves: At the start, we view a reunion of the Forthrast family, where we get to meet a number of people who are to play a significant role in this story.

The premise and I don’t think this is a spoiler is the intrusion of a MMORPG a massively multiplayer online role-playing olot on real life in unexpected and potentially disastrous ways — not in a Tron-like player-gets-absorbed-into-the-game sense, but in a way that strikes me as so realistic although I can’t really judge, not being a MMORPG player myself that, for all I know, it may be a riff on a real-life incident.

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When we consider that we live in an age where we must be “concise” and “focused” in our writing, I find Stephenson’s digressions especially striking. Does it have anything to do with the plot?

There is a rather kind look at the culture of some real-world survivalists who have removed themselves from the world in a different way, in anticipation of the collapse of civilization.

Sokolov, hoping to kill Jones and save Zula, tracks down Olivia after their brief encounter in the immediate aftermath of the apartment battle, chancing across her spy equipment and wallet, and offers her assistance in getting out of China. It’s not really science fiction. Reamde offers good action and confrontation both frequent and explosivethough Stephenson has a tendency to draw things out: Reamde doesn’t seem to focus on that as much as say, Anathema reamdf Snow Crash, and instead more on the ‘thriller’ aspect instead of the ‘philosophy of science and technology’, ploh it is not quite as enjoyable.

After that, you might race through a breathless account of how Richard’s niece, Zula adopted from an Eritrean orphanagenearly escapes from the Russian mobsters who have kidnapped her and her boyfriend by removing a drainpipe and climbing up through the ceiling tiles of the skyscraper where she’s being held captive.

Many readers will do exactly that; despite its nearly 1,page length, this symphony of logistics is outrageously entertaining especially if you’ve always wanted to know how to convert the back half of a motorhome into a roving prison cell.

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He lives in Seattle, Washington. You understood what was in the minds of everyone summry the jihadists. When I saw that Damn, but this book exhausted me.

I liked it a lot. I’d say the audio is a good option while not be a “must listen”.

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This is really more of a two star book using my rating system, but a few things redeemed shmmary slightly such as the female characters. All of the characters, even the bad guys, are imbued with slightly mythic and stereotyped characteristics, and the good guys are lovable, but tough, heroes you root for because of their challenging backgrounds and strong moral fiber. I got lost, caught up, fell behind, and gritted my teeth through the whole thing.

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View all 3 comments. If he wanted to play the terrorism card it needed to be a LOT smarter than prayer rugs and gaff tape.

Through Zula, Jones knows where to find Sokolov, but Sokolov kills those sent to kill him and, as they’ve found Olivia’s address, goes back to find her and kill her attackers as well.

Stephenson spent the first half of the novel setting a compelling scene: Sep 01, Jenne rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the same way that I avoid movies over minutes especially if they’re historical costume drama, egads my self-diagnosed ADD usually keeps me away from books over, say, pages.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Could it be skipped? So when the Russian mafiosi go to get the hacker, they stir up quite a hornets’ nest. This crucial turning point in the plot also introduces Olivia, an MI6 agent who located and was gathering intelligence on the elusive Jones in anticipation of assassinating him.

This is Neal Stephenson, all right! Preview — Reamde by Neal Stephenson. My mother-in-law who was diligently marking my progress in the book would come in at different times of the day to find me slouched in a chair with this book perched in various positions to relieve my hands, arms and back.

What it also amounts to is a story focusing on several connected parties fighting it out for high stakes money, political messages, their own and others’ lives in that massively multi-player offline role-playing game called life. Just as with any over-the-top action movie, you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy it, and it was certainly fun.