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kleinbl00  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 'bl00's Reviews #7: "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco

Anathem was the book that convinced me Neal Stephenson lucked out on Snow Crash and is, by all respects, a terrible author.

Diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folx.




briandmyers  ·  1670 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I kinda liked "Diamond Age", but as usual, he didn't do that great a job wrapping it all up at the end. Like "Snow Crash", the concepts in that book stuck with me, though - and it's also short enough to not be too mind-numbing by the time you reach the end.

_refugee_  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dude, Snowcash doesn't even hold up. Reread it.

kleinbl00  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

2/3rds of Snow Crash are brilliant. I was first exposed to it in 2008 so it's still fairly new to me.

flagamuffin  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cheeeeeeeee-rist. Yeah, man. Real different.

How often do our conversations end that way?

kleinbl00  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Often.

I've downloaded Lord of the Rings. It's in the queue.

flagamuffin  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm genuinely worried.

user-inactivated  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And I, on the other hand, am extremely excited for what is to come.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1673 days ago  ·  link  ·  

To be fair, it's pretty easy to tear Tolkien a new asshole. He was a linguistic genius, and he created a world, history and creation story in full technicolour, but he wasn't very good at talking about it. I think if someone else had taken his source material and written LOTR it would actually be a much better book.