Excerpt from his new book's up on his site now http://www.nealstephenson.com/news/2015/04/13/seveneves-excerpt/
― stet, Monday, 13 April 2015 20:57 (five years ago) link
i genuinely enjoyed the most recent book of his i read about parallel realities despite the fact that the word 'praxis' appeared on a single page of the hardcover copy i was reading six times.
― no (Lamp), Monday, 13 April 2015 22:29 (five years ago) link
seveneves: a bit better than the gun-nut one but man it was hard going as a novel sometimes. Some nice ideas, though.
― stet, Wednesday, 3 June 2015 09:18 (five years ago) link
about 2/3 of the way through. A lot of the zero-g mechanical engineering stuff could have been edited...but I'll definitely finish it
― calstars, Friday, 28 August 2015 11:38 (five years ago) link
i thought it was pretty good, definitely could've tightened up the first part which made the second seem a little rushed by contrast. reflected afterwards that i wasn't sure if i would've preferred more of the second part or none of it.
― Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 28 August 2015 13:47 (five years ago) link
wife finished it last night and loved it - guess I'll start it next
― Οὖτις, Friday, 28 August 2015 15:21 (five years ago) link
Carly Fiorina is going to get us all killed.
― Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 8 October 2015 01:15 (five years ago) link
― calstars, Thursday, 8 October 2015 01:47 (five years ago) link
― Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 9 October 2015 16:06 (five years ago) link
100 pages into 'seveneves' and i've only just discovered it's not called 'seveneyes' (because seveneyes turns up no search results here)
― koogs, Friday, 2 December 2016 18:22 (four years ago) link
Love Cryptonomicon. the physical comedy in the WWII parts was my favourite part
― flopson, Friday, 2 December 2016 18:37 (four years ago) link
otm, i love those bits too
― Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 2 December 2016 23:47 (four years ago) link
Seveneves is a palindrome, I now realise. Still not sure of the relevance of this though.
― koogs, Saturday, 3 December 2016 08:47 (four years ago) link
I need to pick up Seveneves, Reamde was so dumb I just kind of tuned him out for years, which was probably unfair. But the politics of it retroactively ruined Cryptonomicon.
Anyone read Cobweb, one of those books he wrote with his uncle in the 90s? The one about terrorists?
― erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 05:06 (four years ago) link
Gotta love a book that starts part 3 with "five thousand years later"
― koogs, Saturday, 10 December 2016 06:26 (four years ago) link
And he's just explained the name, and I totally missed it.
― koogs, Saturday, 10 December 2016 06:28 (four years ago) link
New one Dodge is out next week, but is available on Kindle now. It's back in the Waterhouse universe, post Reamde.
― stet, Friday, 5 July 2019 17:11 (one year ago) link
been plowing through Seveneves which i don't really recommend as isolation reading given the emphasis on global catastrophe and dread. also it's not really that good. i just hit the big shift about 2/3 of the way through and i'm really not feeling it, kinda exposes a ton of his weaknesses as a writer as well as his increasingly dodgy politics. this book is shockingly comfortable with eugenics and genetics-as-destiny! there's even a character who invokes a "bell curve" type argument about race and intelligence that just goes totally unchecked by anyone else, as if it's trustworthy scientific information like all the other nerdy shit people spout off in his books. i guess if you're really into orbital mechanics it'd be a blast. but after devouring the Mars Trilogy twice over i'm ready for a lot more self-conscious politics in my books about spacefaring nerds.
― Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:30 (nine months ago) link
I couldn't get past the first sentence of that book, which was laugh-out-loud hilarious and bad.
― Οὖτις, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:33 (nine months ago) link
The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.
I mean, this is like Daniel Pinkwater-level (and I love Pinkwater and would probably like Stephenson's books more if he wrote like Pinkwater, which he generally does not)
I think what I may end up remembering best about this book is the rather brassy choice on the back cover for one of the two review blurbs to be blatantly plucked from a savage pan:
"Fascinating . . . . Insights into the human character shine like occasional full moons." - Boston Globe
― Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 17:36 (nine months ago) link
"Still, she couldn't help but flinch as the final few flynks snapped around toward them." (p. 617)
― Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:58 (nine months ago) link
gawwwwd the world-building in this final section is just so stupid, in the most blinkered, weird, nerd-author-can't-perceive-how-strange-he's-become kind of way.
― Doctor Casino, Friday, 3 April 2020 13:44 (nine months ago) link
author-can't-perceive-how-strange-he's-become kind of way.
― Doctor Casino, Friday, April 3, 2020 2:44 PM
This can either be the best thing or the worst thing.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 3 April 2020 21:17 (nine months ago) link
worst in this casewatched The Core last night and was struck by how much it basically is a dumb and sometimes fun version of this book
― Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 16:45 (nine months ago) link
the book is already dumb obv so what i mean is "less nerdy"