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My favorite book of all time
I have read this book many times. Neal Stephenson's books are a part of my library but this one in particular speaks to me as programmer and 'tech enthusiast'. I jumped at the chance to get a version that can is on my phone all the time. Odd since I just thought about taking it down and reading it again. My physical copy is in the exact center of my book shelf above my computer and holds a commanding place in my loft surrounded by tech, photography and the Physics of Superheros books.
My only regret with this book is that it reminds me that I had a chance to meet Neal in Philadelphia 8 years ago at a book signing. I planned to bring my dog-earred copy of Cryptonomicon to get signed but unfortunately had a family emergeny and missed the signing.
My (Newest) All-Time Favorite
I re-read books I like. This may puzzle some folks (who probably re-watch TV shows and movies. When I found "Cryptonomicon" on the new book shelf in my library I grabbed it, read it and was captivated! (I should mention that I spent 30+ years working in the computer industry, so I could identify with some (many) of the leading characters.) I've read "Cryptonomicon” 8-10 time, and I enjoy still enjoy it. I just finished it (again). Try it!!!
Lengthy and too boring.
For three or four times I have tried to get into that book and finish it but I've constantly failed.
Storytelling is way too lengthy. The technology and cryptography stuff really is not Sophisticated. If you are just a little bit tech savvy, You will be bored to death.
Didn't bother finishing
I have given up on very few books in my 42 years of reading and this was one of them. I have enjoyed previous books by Stephenson, and this book has an interesting premise with a great techno backdrop, but it is sloppily written and the characters are pointless. If I don't care whether the characters live or die, and if I don't believe that they are behaving in a way consistent with their personalities, then why bother finishing the book? I wanted to like it, but never did......
Crypto omicron is pure drivel
By Casino Mama
I have never wasted so much time on a novel in my 64 years of reading.
This isn't close to storytelling of any kind. I can't believe anyone could waste the money needed to publish such drivel!!!
To think I even held out hope that this novel would somehow redeem itself......
By Bruce The Juice Davis
I just finished Cryptonomicon for the 2nd time. This is one of the greatest novels I have ever read. A very fine novelist's finest work.
A very well written story, but a little longer than it needed to be. The technologies within are presented with about as good an explanations as one can get, but it will still fry your brain.
If you only ever read one epic
Make it this one. It's masterfully crafted, has multiple deep and interconnected stories, and every one of the myriad characters is memorable. This tome pulls no punches and tells a story spanning nearly an entire century through the eyes of an incredibly diverse cast of characters.
Got me into reading
I'm a 30+ functioning illiterate. I can read, but I've never read for pleasure. This book changed that for me. Yes, the book was dense and long, but I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading more of his work.
This book came highly recommended. However, I got nearly half way through the book before giving up. The three separate stories were still not connected convincingly, and I still didn't care for any of the three antagonists. This book represents time I will never get back.