Re:Re: [The Sprawl of William Gibson] ...
> Last thing I remember Stephenson putting out was 'Cryptonomicon' whichTheres a new one listed on Amazon, not released till Oct of this year -
> was, like Gibson's most recent book, set in the present day. But, unlike
> Gibson's book, I really did not like Stephenson's most recent all that
> much. Especially not compared to such great work as 'The Diamond Age'
> and the classic 'Snow Crash'.
Quicksilver : Volume One of The Baroque Cycle
by Neal Stephenson (Author) (Hardcover - October 2003)
Snow Crash was awesome, and very humorous i thought in comparison to
Gibsons work which always read as a lot more dark. As for Cryptonomicon, i
thought that was a genius work, that i really didn't want to finish
- Especially not compared to such great work as 'The Diamond Age' and
the classic 'Snow Crash'.
So it *was* Stephenson that wrote "The Diamond Age". God. I bought
this book after cross-referencing some authors' names from the
Mirrorshades compilation. It was a struggle to complete it, I
managed to make it through by insisting to myself that all of the
notes and corrections that I was scrawling in the margins would be
read by the author when I mailed the piece of shit to him.
What kind of idiot goes to all the trouble to create a character for
the first three chapters, only to suddenly kill him off and make him
totally unimportant to the rest of the book, except as a genetic
contribution to the birth of a child?
And what's with suddenly running out of plot halfway through, and
descending into some crap sexual bullshit?
And then after being missing for twenty years, his daughter
recognizes his vehicle (a mechanized horse?) when he comes home?
The guy, despite any fame and notoriety he may have in cyberpunk
circles, is a hack.
> So it *was* Stephenson that wrote "The Diamond Age". God. I boughtYeah, even though i like Stephenson, i had a hard time finishing The
> this book after cross-referencing some authors' names from the
> Mirrorshades compilation. It was a struggle to complete it, I
Diamond Age - It was so long winded and micro-detailed to the point the
plot moved so slowly, and even when it seemed like the story had
concluded, it still went on for over a hundred pages tying up loose ends
that i couldn't have cared less about.
I'm sorry, i think i started this Stephenson thread, and feel guilty
i've taken the list way off-topic!
I know this list is called the 'Sprawl of..' but is it off-topic to speak
about the Bridge trilogy? I'd actually like to go back and read those
three books consecutively, as when i did read them, they were all years
apart. I loved the idea of the bridge being taken over. I lived on Bryant
street in SF for a couple of years, the street that leads up to the Bay
Bridge, at the time when i was reading All Tommorows Parties, and it just
added to the visualisation of it.