Reamde by Neal Stephenson

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32 Critic Reviews

Once again Stephenson is asking us to think about virtual worlds and information storage; once again, by God, he makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin.
-NY Times

Synopsis

“Stephenson has a once-in-a-generation gift: he makes complex ideas clear, and he makes them funny, heartbreaking, and thrilling.”
Time

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 mind-stretching fiction has been enthusiastically compared to the work of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace—not to mention William Gibson and Michael Crichton—once again blazes new ground with a high-stakes thriller that will enthrall his loyal audience, science and science fiction, and espionage fiction fans equally. The breathtaking tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, Reamde is a new high—and a new world—for the remarkable Neal Stephenson.

 

About Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde; Anathem; the three-volume historical epic The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); as well as Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by William Morrow. 1055 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 32 | Positive: 24 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 01 2011

An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by TOM BISSELL on Sep 25 2011

Once again Stephenson is asking us to think about virtual worlds and information storage; once again, by God, he makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura Miller on Oct 07 2011

...Reamde combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by TOM SHIPPEY on Sep 24 2011

Mr. Stephenson runs both plots with equal skill, the real world providing the tension, the geek world, often, the humor.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by SHANE HOLLADAY on Oct 25 2011

He doesn’t sacrifice depth while moving the story along. REAMDE is an insightful look at the virtual gold economy.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on Oct 05 2011

The marriage of the thrilling and the nerdy is what makes Reamde work, and it offers a glimpse at a fascinating writer making a welcome transition back into a more accessible style.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand on Sep 15 2011

“Reamde” has one of the most satisfyingly over-the-top endings of anything I’ve read in years.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Nisi Shawl on Sep 17 2011

Once again the geek Homer has produced a novel worth its every page: large enough to lose yourself in and engaging enough that you'll be glad you did.

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SFFWorld.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Yon on Sep 02 2011

What works best here is that it becomes one of those ‘live it, breathe it’ books, where you spend every spare moment wanting to know what happens next.

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The Millions

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Potter on Sep 27 2011

The T’Rain novel and the thriller feel like two separate books, the lesser of which gets more attention...If Stephenson ever decides to finish the T’Rain novel, I’m interested.

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Chamber Four

Excellent
Reviewed by Nico Vreeland on Oct 13 2011

This is not to say that Reamde feels rushed or shoddily produced. On the contrary, it’s very very good—entertaining, immersive, thrilling, fun, educational and full of great characters.

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Wired

Below average
Reviewed by Ethan Gilsdorf on Sep 23 2011

...you’ll mostly find a techno-martial thriller, much in the same vein as Tom Clancy, albeit expertly crafted and often gorgeously written.

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Book Geeks

Excellent
Reviewed by Erin Britton on Sep 11 2012

Reamde is a unique thriller that careens from British Columbia to South-West China via Russia, Cambridge and the fantasy world of T’Rain.

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Strange Horizons

Excellent
Reviewed by Indrapramit Das on Oct 17 2011

Reamde is clever without being obnoxious, fun without being campy, funny without being stupid, scary without being alarmist, poignant without being sentimental, and exciting without being mind-numbing.

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Christianity Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph Bottum

This is Neal Stephenson's all-American novel—his apple-pie, red-white-and-blue book about the U.S. of A. in all its purple mountains' majesty.

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Time Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Lev Grossman on Sep 20 2011

This is, first and foremost, a Bourne-style international thriller, and as such its intellectual sites are set lower than those of its immediate predecessors.

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Willamette Week

Below average
Reviewed by Matt Buckingham on Sep 21 2011

Reamde is easily 400 pages too long. Stephenson can’t resist describing his characters’ every thought and movement in minute detail...

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Mental Floss

Excellent
Reviewed by Chris Higgins on Sep 20 2011

But fortunately for readers, Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, and — for the first time since Cryptonomicon — a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader...

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Oct 30 2011

It doesn’t seem like “great literature” but it’s an amazing accomplishment and a work of incredible genius. It’s difficult to read but very fun and rewarding.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

Good
Reviewed by Inverarity

Reamde is a long, fun read that's almost stupid, but just smart enough that you suspend your disbelief enough to enjoy the huge cast of improbable characters...

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Of Books and Reading

Good
Reviewed by thehungryreader on Nov 09 2011

Reamde is an excellent techno-thriller that is well worth your investment.

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Reader Dad

Good
Reviewed by Matt Craig on Oct 24 2011

Thriller is certainly a good description, but it’s much more than that, and so much more intelligent than what immediately springs to most peoples’ minds when the word is mentioned.

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Lowcountry Book Lover

Below average
Reviewed by Lowcountry Book Lover on Aug 28 2012

BUT – I don’t like a 1000-pager that didn’t need to be over 450-500. I think this could have been a great book if he really cut back on some of the extraneous-ness.

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I'm Booking It

Below average
Reviewed by Laura on Dec 21 2011

I enjoyed the core story and some of the primary characters enough to keep me going...I can’t quite find the payoff for the time it took.

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this ain't livin'

Good
Reviewed by s.e. smith on Dec 11 2011

It has fascinating and fun and dynamic ties with social issues and things readers may have been turning around in their heads, but you can enjoy it on its face as an adventure novel, too.

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Foseti

Good
Reviewed by Foseti on Oct 18 2011

It’s Stephenson, so it’s self-recommending, as they say. Enjoy.

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Yet There Are Statues

Below average
Reviewed by Matt Hilliard on Aug 23 2012

Like many of REAMDE‘s problems, the characters would have seemed stronger if the book had just been shorter.

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SMZb

Good
Reviewed by Chris Hawks on Nov 08 2011

Despite being somewhat overlong....Reamde still manages to be a fantastic book. In a nutshell, it’s “What if Neal Stephenson wrote a thriller?” and I absolutely loved it.

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Uncle Berg's Unsanity Files

Below average
Reviewed by Albert Berg on Nov 18 2011

IIn short, this is a fat book with a skinny book inside trying to get out. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. Just take my advice and skip over anything at all related to T’rain...

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MAYALAND

Good
Reviewed by MAYA LASSITER on Nov 29 2011

I highly recommend REAMDE. It isn’t a life changing book, but it is a highly entertaining, exciting, and informative excursion into worlds

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JargonMaster

Good
Reviewed by JargonMaster on Oct 02 2011

That’s not a bad thing – REAMDE is billed as a thriller and certainly roars along and thrills.

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Mssv

Below average
Reviewed by Adrian Hon on Sep 25 2011

Perhaps if it was a mere 500 pages instead of 1000, I’d have enjoyed it more. Unfortunately, as it stands, I can’t see myself recommending this book to anyone.

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