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User Review  - santhony - LibraryThing

Neal Stephenson writes science fiction that requires a certain level of attention and concentration to follow and stay on top of. You canít lay a Stephenson novel down for a few days and hope to come ... Read full review

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions to reading this novel in 1996. Spoilers follow. Stephensonís Snow Crash was rightly taken to task by critic-author Gwynnth Jones for implausibility (particularly in the chronological ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

I just reread Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age." When I forst read it, some years ago, I thought it was a fascinating book that explores the impact of technology on societies. I still think that ... Read full review

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User Review  - blanchvegas - LibraryThing

Stephenson does a masterful job of blending technology and science, with philosophy and myth. In this truly unique world there are nano-technological mites roaming through the air and peoples blood ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mint.ChocolateOcelot - LibraryThing

I wish I could give this book more stars. I was absolutely enamored with the protagonist and demi-protagonists' views. The world is rich and well thought-out, and Stephenson's writing is fantastic. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Radaghast - LibraryThing

The Diamond Age is the culmination of Stephenson's Snow Crash universe. It is the logical conclusion of the breakdown of national government, the creation of powerful nanotechnology, and the reshaping ... Read full review

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User Review  - traciolsen - LibraryThing

It may be time to re-read this one, especially now that The Primer is nearly a reality, along with a lot of other things in the book. Ooh I hope hats and veils come back in fashion! Read full review

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Great book.
A glimpse at a possible future.

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This book should at least have a free audio because my students are not up to date on the vocabulary in this book and its hard for them to read and the audios are about $36.99 and that is too much to pay not even the school i work for is willing to for that audio.

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Superb science fiction. Neal Stephenson has again proved to be a visionary futurist with the world he has crafted here.
In Snow Crash, Stephenson showed us what the world would look like ten
years in the future (it was published in 1990) and was largely correct. Reaching farther with The Diamond Age, Stephenson shows us what life might look like a hundred or so years from now. Again, much of the technology he foresees is only a few steps away from what we have now. Not only are his predictions plausible, but easily achievable given modern advancements in miniaturization.
Futurism aside, this book contains a marvelous tale about a little girl and the people that affect her life. Even though many of the characters never interact with one another, their individual storylines distinctly show how the decision of one character affects another character, both directly and indirectly.
Stephenson's characters also display a great deal of depth and growth throughout this tale. Given that the book spans nearly two decades, you are able to grow up with Nell and discover the world as she does. Aside from her, you get to experience the underside of this world with John Percival Hackworth, a programmer/engineer who becomes one of the most important people never heard of. Through their stories and the stories of those connected with them, we get to experience something not quite out of this world.
 


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