Monday, December 11, 2006

 

What I just finished reading...

Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" was an engrossing book, albeit much larger than necessary. On thing I like: It defies description. It's simultaniously a book about World War II, startup tech business ventures in the 1990s and a familial epic that spans generations.
Stephenson's prose helps the reader make it through the more than 1,000 pages of this tome, but there are areas, such as two or three pages devoted to a description of a character's love for Cap'n Crunch, that go a bit too far in depth. There are also pages and pages of cryptology lessons, which will improve the reader's understanding of that art, but sometimes get in the way of the story.
I'm moving on now to a lighter work- by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (the team that brought us "Footfall" and "Lucifer's Hammer." But I find myself missing Stephenson's style, and will probably dive into that author's gigantic "Baroque Cycle" trilogy next.

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