Anathem

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Atlantic Books, Aug 1, 2010 - Fiction - 300 pages

The latest magnificent creation from the award-winning author of Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle trilogy.

Erasmas, 'Raz', is a young avout living in the Concent, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers. Three times during history's darkest epochs, violence has invaded and devastated the cloistered community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe.

But they now prepare to open the Concent's gates to the outside world, in celebration of a once-a-decade rite. Suddenly, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world - as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet...and beyond.

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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

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About the author (2010)

Neal Stephenson is the author of eight novels, including the cult successes Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon. He has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award five times, winning with Quicksilver. Three of his last four novels have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Seattle.

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