friendlytroll said: And yet the wierd thing is, when i read stuff by the same author that tries to take it’s self more seriously, I just wind up super disgruntled and bored. More kung fu mafia pizza, please.
I tried to read Cryptonomicon once and just gave up 90 pages in. I don’t care that much about how codes and math work. I just do not.
I did actually like Anathem and I really liked The Diamond Age, which if you turn your head and squint, you can pretend is a Snow Crash sequel. There is a character who is a possibly thinly veiled older Y.T. as a mentor figure. And I started the Mongoliad at some point and just walked away like ten pages in.
(I’m from a family with multiple members who really love Neal Stephenson and I feel like I have to attempt to read this stuff.)
Ahhh, I think Diamond Age is the one that turned me off the attempt. I think that was it? The one with the virtual reality book thing… I can see the appeal, but it all just felt super pretentious to me. Theres only so much pathos you can pile onto a character before I begin to call foul.
I care a lot more about the big crazed cool… every day ness. I like scenes set in a street of a completely average place in a completely bizarre setting! Once it gets moralistic or, indeed, wayyy to into the details of sci-fi-NESS, my patience goes short. Maybe it’s just that I like stories to have an edge of humor to them?
Still! Hard to put down a book where theres a to the death pizza delivery scene.