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Review: Reamde

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of ANATHEM, Neal Stephenson is continually rocking the literary world with his brazen and brilliant fictional creations whether he's reimagining the past (The Baroque Cycle), inventing the future (SNOW CRASH), or both (CRYPTONOMICON). With REAMDE, this visionary author whose mindstretching fiction has been enthusiastically compared to the work of Thomas ... Read full review

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Reamde
Whew. Page turner, this one...even at over nine hundred pages. Glad to see Mr. Stephenson move away from his previously disjointed subject matter and delve back into what made his early novels so strong: an amazing sense of mixing action with highly intelligent plot and character.

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Excellent geek fiction. The audio book was perfectly delivered.

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Long but good
Good read. Long and worth it.

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Solid Neal Stephenson fodder
Not as quite youthfully playful as Snow Crash or satisfyingly swashbuckling as Cryptonomicon, but a nice addition to his canon. Could have made a great 800 page novel out
of this by cutting 400 pages of endless wilderness action narrative and added 200 pages of more interesting subplotting. Worth the investment if you're already a Stephenson afficionado, but not sure that I would recommend to first-time readers of his stuff. 

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I thought this would spend more time exploring the virtual game world, but it was mostly a conventional thriller. A good read nonetheless. It's taken me a while to get through due to lack of reading time and it gets a bit confusing when you come back to some characters after a hundred odd pages. I found I lost track a bit, but that would be less of a problem if you are reading it quicker. 

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Some good parts
My suggested strategy for extracting the highest return on investment with _Reamde_ is to read to page 139, jump to 209-253, then 550 - 630ish, then you are done. If you are left
unsatisfied, you can imagine Zula telling the eastern European gentleman about the net worth of her uncle prior to any of them getting on any intercontinental flights, a check being written, and everyone eventually going on their merry way. 

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very satisfying suspense story that constantly builds up the page turning intensity as it nears its end

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Loved it, but I'm a long term Stephenson fan

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Very disappointing. Started like one of the long, complex, multi-threaded Stephenson novels that I love. Ended a bit better than a Dean Koontz novel. And where did he get the idea for that cat?

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