Stephenson, Neal

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When his own high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061977961
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEPHENSO 2011
Characteristics: 1044 p. ;,24 cm


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When hackers unleash a virus that damages the economy of an online game that's being used to launder money, real-world chaos ensues. More thriller than SF (for his SF side, get on the list for Stephenson's latest, "Seveneves").

Literary and thoughtful science fiction

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Jan 10, 2014
  • JHin_reads rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a long read (over 1,000 pages) but it's like a roller coaster ride without the dull parts. Lots of suspense and cliffhangers that will keep you turning the page late into the night.

Jan 07, 2014

From the Publishers Weekly review: "Stephenson (Anathem), the master of meandering, inconclusive plots.." Oh wow, one can certainly tell the reviewer has read Stephenson's books!

Jan 02, 2014
  • kt_santiago rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book, it was a little slow at the start but after the first chapter or so it had me hooked until the end.

Mar 23, 2013
  • CAGIRLSS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book! So many unusual, and yet fully realized, characters, plus wild plot twists and lots of violent fun. Very different from Stephenson's other books (e.g. Cryptonomicon), but in a good way. I literally had trouble putting it down, and at 800+ pages, it got pretty heavy ;-) I hope he writes more like this one.

Feb 23, 2013
  • rhvic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent story! Lots of disparate characters come together for a final thrilling climax. Great stuff!

Jan 21, 2013
  • siharris rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

If you liked William Gibson's recent Blue Ant series you'll enjoy this as it seems very similar in style. If you're into WoW you'll love it for the online RPG angle (which incidentally even though I don't play any games like this I still thought it was pretty cool). If you're an out an out Stephenson fan you might find it lacks depth a bit compared to some of his other novels. It certainly doesn't have the innovation or scope of Anathem. As per the other comments it's fun, and progresses at a quicker pace then some of his other novels. Worth a read.

Nov 03, 2012

A very interesting and excellent adventure book. Worthwhile reading other books by this author

Oct 08, 2012

"To wreak havoc on international currency markets, mercenaries have hacked into the world's most popular MMPORG (massive multi-player online role-playing game)... but that's just for starters. Game designer and full-time geek Richard Forthrast lands in a real-life power struggle for world domination against an overwhelming horde of ruthless enemies - the Chinese, the Russians, and more. Can his intrepid, athletic, cheerfully violent niece (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill) keep him alive long enough to save the world? Reamde gives nothing away until its violent end, while offbeat characters, superb pacing, plausible technology, and masterfully woven subplots make this amped-up techno-shocker all too short, even at 800+ pages." Next Reads Thrillers and Suspense October 2012 Newsletter

Aug 26, 2012

amusing Seattle-based techno thriller involving rich owner of gaming business fighting hackers, his niece's kidnapers, a Russian mob, etc etc etc.

Jun 18, 2012
  • atsfromcleve rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

gripping page turner, great characters, I didn't want it to end. Recommend.

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