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THE DIAMOND AGE

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Stephenson (Snow Crash, 1992) imagines a 21st century in which molecular machines (nanotechnology) can create any desired object or structure. National governments have vanished, leaving society divided into enclaves along ethnic, cultural, and ideological lines, the most dynamic of which are the new-Victorian Atlanteans of coastal China. Talented nano-engineer John Hackworth designs an ... 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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Initially confusing, its a great read with a cheerful end.

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- some spoilers -
Great idea, decent execution. I disagree with some reviewers that the second part is bad, he had to escalate his idea, otherwise it would be just spooling off technology
descriptions. I like that the technology provides the backdrop for a profoundly human issue: it needs love to raise a child. 

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Another excellent Neal Stephenson book let down by a weak ending. Full of great ideas and Stephenson's immediate style.

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Prefer _Cryptonomicon_ and _Snow Crash_ to this book - mostly because it seemed to lack the focus the other two books had. Also, the ending was not very satisfying.

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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.
 

Review: The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

User Review  - Miles - Goodreads

Having worked my way through almost all of Neal Stephenson's novels, I've come to recognize a phenomenon I call The Stephenson Guarantee: You don't know what any Stephenson book will be like before ... Read full review

Review: The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

User Review  - Brian Patterson - Goodreads

One of my favorite Neal books, I've read it twice (both in grad school). The main issue I have is that I totally don't get the drummers part at the end - it just makes no sense. But I love the world-building at the beginning and middle as well as the story overall. Read full review

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