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Review: Anathem

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Stephen Hubbard

ANATHEM, Neal Stephenson's new novel, centers on a young man named Fraa Erasmas, a monk, of sorts, residing within the walls of the Concent of Saunt Edhar. There, he and his fellow residents/students devote their lives to the understanding of math, science, cosmology, metaphysics and more. Everything must have reason and be provable, or it is invalid. In such a place, the residents are segregated ... Read full review

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Anathem
Has made my top five list. Other books are more difficult to enjoy after this.

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As engrossing as Stephenson gets
It takes a creative genius to come up with a world as engrossing as this. The premise sets up a fabulous adventure that never drags, even with the inevitable Stephensonian digressions into math and astronomy theory. Highly recommended.

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Incredible
Parallel universes, amazing characters, you want put this down until your done, and you'll be sad there wasn't more.

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Terrible fiction
Unlike THE BAROQUE CYCLE which is filled with philosophy, action, engrossing characters,and intricate plot, this experiment in "fiction" is a failed experiment. It has just naked, dry
philosophy. It should be read as an essay, not a novel. Our better yet, don't read it--read REAMDE, which is 1000x more entertaining and is a really good novel. 

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Enjoying this immensely as I am back at Uni these days.

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The author goes off on long philosophical rants but the story of multiple cosmi is interesting.

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While I found the first 1/2 of the book a wonderfully heady, philosophical setup, Stephenson's patience seems to break-down at the same pace as the reader's, and the last few hundred pages are a jumble of mis-timed jokes, poorly explained action sequences and a fundamental failure to live up to the promise that Stephenson hints at during the beginning of the book. 

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