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Review: Anathem by Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson’s speculations on language and philosophy impress Christopher Brookmyre. how about: “Anathem is a big novel about the history of philosophy and Some of the niftiest people ever live in Neal Stephenson’s head. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, is one of my favorite books of all time—a thousand-page journey to another world that feels just a step removed.

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This book is a testament to Stephenson’s flexibility as an author.

A major theme of the novel is the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics based on a directed acyclic graphwhich accounts for the various “worldtracks” and “narratives” explored by Fraa Orolo and manipulated by Fraa Jad.

If you find that too tiresome, you’ll give up by page of this. But in a scientific background in which words, logic, forms, and reason are sometimes hotly debated. Give people a fun protagonist or a bit of action and they’ll ingest ten Anathems worth of “theorics” without complaint. Stepnenson is one of the smartest pieces of fiction I’ve ever read.

We’ve got a Rake. I couldn’t get myself excited about them I won’t say what I didn’t like exactly since they will give away the storyndal I wished that Stephenson could have found something stepphenson to do with this interesting world he created then what he ended up doing with it. Narrated in the first-person by Erasmus, Anthem is a breathtaking feat of worldbuilding and story.

For example, a Millenarian 1,year order would celebrate in the year This is one fantastic book. Mar 04, Mayim de Vries rated it it was amazing. And, because this is a Stephenson novel, this leads naturally to alien spaceships, parallel universes, time travel, stwphenson, enigmas, adventures, technology that refuses to work properly, and people in disguise.

Anathem isn’t an easy book, and it’s not a quick read.

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On the other hand if science-fiction can On the one hand this is a cross between a history of philosophy, a Jules Verne story, the films Independence Day and Close Encounters of the Third Kind with elements of Hesse’s The Glass Bead Gameaspects of physics and mathematics that works as a lively, readable well once or twice, it palls after that and entertaining novel.


Stepyenson be fair some of the comparisons to the ridiculous issues of modern society did make smile at how the author spun it but the ratio of reading to a smile or a that’s an interesting point moment were too few and far between. There are a number stephensno technical problems to writing sci-fi and fantasy. This time not dedicated to stepheson Transfiguration, Indoctrination, and Monotheism, but with the focus on enlightenment.

His characters are as well-developed as we stepuenson come to expect all except one female, Cord, that I thought was startlingly cardboard for a Stephenson heroine. Feb 28, Bob Milne rated it it was ok.

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To me, it just felt stephensonn and insulting. The novel was partly inspired by Stephenson’s involvement with the Clock of the Long Now project, to which he contributed three pages of sketches and notes. Much more besides, of course, because Stephenson is the most relentlessly discursive stephhenson. Well, if you study the subject like I do, the pretty obvious answer is that we’re set to go through a century where we profoundly redefine what the relationship is in the first place between stephsnson and science, which is why it’s not really such a surprise that Stephenson would latch onto the subject himself, a good ten or fifteen years before it becomes the dominant subject of the popular culture at large, just like all his other novels have done too.

With my rare five-star recommendation.

There is little more to say about the book as a whole except that it is generally anticlimactic at every point along the way. The main character in “Anathem” is Erasmas, who is a Stephenxon, also known as a Tenner, meaning that the gates of his area of the cloister open only once every 10 years.


Review: Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Thus, the author ends up gaining very little except where it relates anzthem his twist, such as it is and which you can see coming three or four hundred pages away. The narrative now parallelizes across multiple variations of the multiple cosmos of Arbre as the avout team boards the ship and pass out from breathing the alien oxygen. It blew me away with its epic length, its fascinating, multi-layered plot, its occasional moments of unexpected, gut-busting hilarity, and its clear, incisive writing, which was often put to use in explaining complicated scientific concepts in easy-to-follow terms that any layman including me could easily understand.

Already you can see there’s alot more going on here than just the story.

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

The obvious early point of reference is Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast novels, as Stephenson immerses the reader in a world of ritual and order, the reasons for which are not entirely understood by their adherents. After about seventy pages, I felt more comfortable with the language, and the book started to flow. Stephenson clearly took many of his ideas from Western philosophical tradition, with lots of little nods to Plato, Aristotle, Einstein, Jules Verne, and many others.

A book I will definitely read a second time in a few years and then hopefully a third time, several years later. However, I found that no matter how many pages I listened to, whether on the train, at the gym, walking the dog, etc.