Some Remarks

Some Remarks

Essays and Other Writing

Book - 2012
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson is, quite simply, one of the best and most respected writers alive. He's taken sf to places it's never been (Snow Crash, Anathem). He's reinvented the historical novel (The Baroque Cycle), the international thriller (Reamde), and both at the same time (Cryptonomicon).

Now he treats his legion of fans to Some Remarks, an enthralling collection of essays--Stephenson's first nonfiction work since his long essay on technology, In the Beginning...Was the Command Line, more than a decade ago--as well as new and previously published short writings both fiction and non.

Some Remarks is a magnificent showcase of a brilliantly inventive mind and talent, as he discourses on everything from Sir Isaac Newton to Star Wars.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062024435
Branch Call Number: 824.92 STEPHENS
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm.


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Feb 03, 2013

Aside from the two author interviews, the rest of this collection largely consists of routine and ponderous essays. The two short stories were trendy for their time in the 1990s, but I found them unsatisfying. The article “Blind Secularism” had an original insight, but when reading the rest of the book, I got that “I’ve heard this all before” feeling. I’m glad I got this book free from the library. This is from a reader who enjoyed Stephenson’s “Baroque Cycle” and who likes his prose style. But compared to Stephenson’s novels, this book lacks heft (both in pages and interest).

Sep 17, 2012



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