Anathem

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 1008 pages

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Anathem is perhaps the most brilliant literary invention to date from the incomparable Neal Stephenson, who rocked the world with Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. Now he imagines an alternate universe where scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians live in seclusion behind ancient monastery walls until they are called back into the world to deal with a crisis of astronomical proportions.

 

Anathem won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the reviews for have been dazzling: “Brilliant” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel), “Daring” (Boston Globe), “Immensely entertaining” (New York Times Book Review), “A tour de force” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), while Time magazine proclaims, “The great novel of ideas…has morphed into science fiction, and Neal Stephenson is its foremost practitioner.”

 

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User Review  - brleach - LibraryThing

There's some good stuff in this book, but you have to wade through many monotonous pages where nothing much happens in order to get to the good bits. In the end, I'm not sure that the plot itself nor ... Read full review

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User Review  - DanielAlgara - LibraryThing

Kind of cool. It runs on a bit at points, but over all the characters are believable and the convent-type set up is imaginative. The end; not so much. Too bad. Also his philosophy is all over the place and inconsistent. Read full review

Contents

part 1 Provener
1
part 2 Apert
55
part 3 Eliger
159
part 4 Anathem
191
part 5 Voco
243
part 6 Peregrin
323
part 7 Feral
405
part 8 Orithena
531
part 11 Advent
757
part 12 Requiem
875
part 13 Reconstitution
919
Glossary
933
Cutting the Cake
955
Hemn Configuration Space
961
Complex Versus Simple Protism
973
Acknowledgments
983

part 9 Inbrase
599
part 10 Messal
651

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Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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