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The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson Bruce Alan Jensen The Diamond Age In Snow Crash Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels Now in The Diamond Age he delivers another stunning tale Set in twenty first century Shanghai it is the story of what happ

  • Title: The Diamond Age
  • Author: Neal Stephenson Bruce Alan Jensen
  • ISBN: 9780553573312
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson Bruce Alan Jensen In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale Set in twenty first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state of the art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell Her life and the entire future of humanity is about to be decodedIn Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale Set in twenty first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state of the art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell Her life and the entire future of humanity is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.
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    1. I get the feeling that Stephenson s writing process goes something like this Hey, I found a really cool idea here I wonder what I can do about it.He then writes about 200 pages of really awesome, meticulous world building, with innovative ideas about, in the case of this book, the possibly uses of nanotechnology and its eventual social ramifications, and then goes, Oh, damn, I m writing a story, and high tails it to the end of the book, leaving the reader a little wind blown and confused It happ [...]

    2. If Charles Dickens climbed in an H.G Wells time machine and went forward in time and he decided to create a post cyber punk, progressively dystopian bildungsroman novel with a strong female lead and with a fascinating glimpse of a future that expands on the world begun in Snow Crash, he would have written this novel This is Great Expectations with nanotechnology The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson is to post modernist science fiction thought as what Dickens was to his era a smart, entertaining an [...]

    3. Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]

    4. 3.5 stars Review originally posted at fantasyliterature.Neal Stephenson s The Diamond Age is set in a near future that is unrecognizable in some ways and disturbingly familiar in other ways Nations have dissolved and people now tend to congregate in tribes or phyles based upon their culture, race, beliefs or skills Nanotechnology has upended society, and even the poorest people have access to matter compilers that create clothing, food and other items from a feed of molecules Still, the lack of [...]

    5. Okay, here s what this Stephenson guy did with his novel He got together a focus group of 25 unpaid, thirteen year old boys and made them puke out as many buzz words in 10 minutes that they could about science fiction The buzz words had to be something that would palliate the hyperactive endocrine glands of 13 year old males Stephenson then roiled together this mess with a rag mop and wrung it into a bucket called The Diamond Age Or A Young Lady s Illustrated Primer.To give you a thin sample of [...]

    6. There is so much that is good about this book The initial world building, the idea behind the Primer, the main characters, these are all done brilliantly and the story proceeds really well for the first half But then other stories come into play and confusion sets in at least in my head it did and it is like a roller coaster coming off the rails and crashing very, very suddenly on the last page.One thing about Mr Stephenson though is that he really has a way with words He uses real words which n [...]

    7. Is it possible to feel nostalgia for a place in the future The crowded, multi factioned, multi leveled city of Shanghai and nearby Pudong made me miss my hometown terribly Stephenson s descriptions of brightly lit Nanjing Road and small, dim, alleys of hawkers was so spot on The mix of high technology, the sophisticated neo Victorians, and the Confuscians made a confusing but ultimately satisfying story.I came to The Diamond Age with a vague idea of what the book was about Like previous steampun [...]

    8. This has been on my shelf a while, I think a friend sent it to me I have to admit, this is a dense read sometimes in the way that hard sci fi can be Glazing over at tech speak tech speak tech speak If you fall of the tech speak train you start to glaze over a bit and get confused, or at least I do I m sure all the technology is masterfully crafted and is visionary, I just couldn t 100% follow it It s like sometimes authors TRY to be obscure in their writing in order to be highbrow to rise about [...]

    9. Initially, I wasn t tempted by The Diamond Age, but the subtitle drew me in A book advising young women Interesting However, given a choice between this book and the classic young women s story, Little Women, I think I ll go with Little Women At least none of the girls are raped.The Diamond Age, Or a Young Lady s Illustrated Primer was an interesting, convoluted, frustrating book packed with ideas, characters and too little plot I suspect Stephenson of being in love with his ideas and would sugg [...]

    10. Welcome to Stephensonland Wait, sir Sir Yes you I m afraid you ll have to check your need for believable characters with me Here s a numerical token you can use to reclaim it at the end of the day Oh, and hold on Is that an expectation of coherent plotting in your back pocket I m afraid those are also disallowed in Stephensonland It ll be perfectly safe here behind the counter Now, here s your complementary CS patch That s right, it s very similar, except instead of nicotine, this will imbue you [...]

    11. If Snow Crash was so good that cyberpunk went in to a coma, The Diamond Age effectively pulled the plug.Much like seemingly everyone else I loved the first part of this book and felt that the second part didn t quite live up to the same extremely high standard.Aside from the literary death of cyberpunk when Bud a character that I m sure we ve all read about many times before but still want to know his story in this instance is the victim of Confuscian capital punishment and the data transfer imp [...]

    12. First half of the book gets 4 stars the second half gets 2 stars Average 3 stars.I really liked the first half of the book His description of technology is wonderful, and the relationship between Nell and the Primer are quite captivating Much to my dismay, the book fell apart at the end Characters are disposed quite expediently, conflict is introduced with little or no explanation, very illogical events occur, and then the book stops If I could give different ratings to both half of the books, I [...]

    13. I first read this 10 years ago and just re read it as someone reminded me that it predicts the future of reading And it does what I love about Stephenson is his high level of prescient ness In fact I think it also predicts a lot of the future of nanotechnology and entertainment The Young Ladies Illustrated Primer is a dynamic book with an AI in it Imagine Alexa or Siri in 5 10 years, smart enough to make up stories on the fly and answer questions about or even redirect the storyline The YLIP is [...]

    14. I gulped down the 500 pages in four days, and it was not an easy read I admit ruefully that Stephenson s vocabulary is better than mine I feel like this book demands analysis, and I don t know enough to provide it All I could do is count heads and make remarks about the colour and gender and fate of each major character Which, OK, is worth doing, but it s 3 42am and I ve been reading since about 8pm, so forgive me if I don t open it up again just now.I want a primer.I also want about Dr X and L [...]

    15. Up to about halfway through, I was in love with this book, but then Hackworth goes to the Drummers and we skip 10 years, and my thoughts are like this if you as a writer didn t care about those 10 years enough to write about them, why do I care enough to read them Worse, science fiction is already concerned with the ideas than the characters, but when the writer is consciously trying to mimic the further removed from reality discourses of Victorian era writing, we wind up so distanced from char [...]

    16. 6.0 stars Among the best books I have ever read although slightly behind Snow Crash as my favorite Neal Stephenson novel Neal s books are just loaded with great dialogue, mind stretching ideas and a world as complex as our own HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Nominee Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee John W Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Prometheus Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction NovelWinner Locus Award [...]

    17. This is the second Neal Stephenson book I have read, the previous one being the marvelously entertaining Snow Crash Unlike Snow Crash this not an easy read, being the impatient sort I almost gave up on it around page 70, fortunately some wiser heads than mine pulled me back thank you Goodread friends The problem for me is the initial inundation of unfamiliar words, some are of the author s invention, the others are just English words not in my vocabulary The book focuses on the trials and tribul [...]

    18. Visionary but flawedThe end felt rushed, and the notion of ethnic phyles frustratingly backward from our present perspective Worth reading for his vision of the nanotech future.

    19. Full review on AvalinahsBooks 3 reasons why you should read this Reason 1 It s A Utopia For OnceHow many times have you actually read a Utopia Huh I can hear you silently disappearing into the night, one by one Cause you probably have not It s all about dystopia The last utopia I ve heard of I think it must have been the one written by Thomas More Because after that, it s been one dystopia after another, and frankly Sick And Tired Which is why I m so glad to actually read a contemporary Utopia O [...]

    20. The Diamond Age Nanotech, Neo Victorians, Princess Nell s Primer, and the Fists of Righteous Harmony all we need now is the kitchen sinkOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI am a huge Neal Stephenson fan based on his novels Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon, two of my favorite books He is frequently a brilliant writer, unafraid to introduce new ideas and infodumps in the most unexpected and entertaining ways His sense of humor is subtle and clever than most, and his world building abilities are t [...]

    21. Suppose you wanted to write a new Victorian bildungsroman about the Boxer Rebellion It would only be natural that the central plot of the book should focus around the Turing test for artificial intelligence Now set the book in a future Shanghai, in a world where nanotechnology makes material needs obsolete, at least in theory And voila The Diamond Age.Like Hackworth, the hacker supreme in The Diamond Age, Stephenson seems to be unable to resist anything that is supremely clever I think that s th [...]

    22. It has taken me a while to figure out what I think of this book, and I m still not entirely sure I finished it with a bit of bafflement what was what I d just read actually about It was entertaining, sure, and the world rich and inventive, the characters interesting, but if I were to tell you what the book were aboutI wasn t sure I think I have a better idea now, but I might just be projecting.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can re [...]

    23. I m abandoning this book at 50% one star because I think I deserve the credit for slogging through it, though.

    24. In a recent interview in which he predicted the demise of the novel at the hands of the increasingly ubiquitous screen , Philip Roth said that if you don t read a novel in two weeks, then you don t really read it He s talking about the necessity of focus and attention, the dedication required to trick your brain into thinking these characters and places are real, without which you cannot become emotionally and intellectually enmeshed in the narrative, without which the novel has no bite, no path [...]

    25. Stephenson is undoubtedly a good writer I feel as though that s a trite thing to say, but I m not talking about the overall story, I m talking about the way each sentence is crafted Also, I felt the need to read the book with a dictionary next to me, which isn t necessarily a bad thing, I suppose As far as the overall story, there s a lot to like, plenty of varied characters, several story lines that are closely woven than one might originally think, and plenty of action There s a kind of girl [...]

    26. I loved this book, especially the Neo Victorian culture I did feel that some parts lagged and I did flick forward a bit midway Neal Stephenson is one of my favourite authors, and I do give him credit for each of his books being based on a completely different paradigm.Beautifully written but not quite on the same level as Snow Crash or Anathem for instance.

    27. I read this the first time when I was a young, impressionable, repressed, closeted Mormon boy Oh, god, so many of my reviews seem to start this way Stephenson s vision of a future shocked and titillated me, and years later I still found it returning to haunt me Yet I don t think I ever truly understood the story, and certainly not the ending.Now I think I do In a future where synthetically assembled diamond is as ubiquitous as glass, where almost anything can be designed and created atom by atom [...]

    28. Neuromancer with nanotech and lazy, badly edited, self indulgent writing and plot One could possibly praise Stephenson for explaining how his nano tech works when nobody else does, but that would be a mistake, because the way Stephenson explains it, it just won t work.Even worse than the plotting and writing is the conclusion Stephenson draws about the Chinese, which is blatently condradicted by everything the Chinese do in the novelwhat a waste of time Even frustration occurs because it could [...]

    29. I love fiction set in the Victorian era Sexually repressive s and cool, arrogant superiority aside, the Victorians embody a sense of order and etiquette that often escapes us these days They had protocols for social interaction protocols embedded in unfortunate distinctions between classes, and laden with the constant threat of small talk about the weather, but protocols nonetheless The Victorian cadence and diction are so courteous, delightful without being overly flowery While I would never wa [...]

    30. The Diamond Age or, A Young Lady s Illustrated Primer is the novel that, along with Snow Crash, put Neal Stephenson on the map in the mid 90 s Stephenson has since written a string of imaginative, thought provoking books that all touch on some aspect of the nature of information and it s movement While it s never stated, Diamond Age seems to be set about 50 75 years after Snow Crash.The first part of the title is a reference to the names that anthropologists and historians use to describe the te [...]

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