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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View all 35 comments. I had a lot of trepidation about reading this book, the reviews and comments from fellow sf readers hello PrintSF dudes! But it does, and it’s funny bt hell, too. The dialogue is stiff and artificial, full of exposition awkwardly jammed into characters’ mouths through unconvincing “as you know, Bob” devices and the like.
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Mar 04, Mayim de Vries rated it it was amazing. Swinging out from their ivory towers to demonstrate their mastery of the extremes of human capability; in the intellect, in martial arts and intuition cultivated through meditative practises. It is the many worlds theory evoked with a greater elegance than I have read in any previous work of “speculative fiction”.
There’s plenty of real action as well, and an adventure that spans the globe, and beyond it’s hard, but I’m REALLY trying not to give anything awaywith some of the best characters of Stephenson’s career.
Stephenson took the idea of that clock, made it many clocks, and then built a civilization around them, in the grand old tradition of science fiction writers taking new technology and then asking “What if? And its ultimate goal is to get people to think in terms of long timelines, instead of letting our horizons become very short. I actually started crying from just how freaking awesome it all was.
Anathem won the Locus Sci-Fi award in The first follows the path which measures this novel by the volume of its output, the c “You can get a lot done in ten millennia if you put your mind to it The first third or so of the book aka or so of its pages merely deals with the events that occur during and surrounding Apert. I don’t know if there’s higher praise than that for fans of great worldbuilding in sci-fi or fantasy. Its core is a set of maybe three or four major revelations, each separated from the next by hundreds of pages of dithering and blather.
I love this book so much that I named one of my cats Erasmas after the hero. What’s disappointing and perplexing is how flimsy Anathem ‘s delivery system is, how little appeal it has on the level of pure story. The book received a good deal of high praise from reviewers for being “philosophical,” for challenging the reader to engage with big ideas. Three people — including Fraa Jad — are issued detonators.
And there has never been a book quite like this in my life, ever before or ever since. Thanks to the singularity in scientific research with exponential growth of computational power, etc.
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Because it’s important right away to understand what Stephenson is trying to do with this novel, and will make your reading of it a part-time job, I warn you now, that will take most people four to six weeks go a lot more smoothly; he is no less than redefining the very relationship between religion and science, and methodically explaining how there’s actually a lot less differences between the two than most of us think, if people would simply choose to embrace both subjects in this interrelated way.
Aug 06, Matt rated it liked it Shelves: How the heck could that be fun?
Anyone looking for an epic sf adventure with some great characters and far-out concepts, not to mention a world that’s fully realized and richly detailed, owes it to themselves to read this.
First off, I should mention that it definitely helps to have even a slight interest in the ‘big questions,’ such as the nature of reality, life, etc.
Stephenson mashes up genres with the flair of Thomas Pynchon and the intellect o Some novelists pander to their audience. Literature often does this.
And that’s because Stephenson can do something almost no other American writer currently putting out work can; he can take a healthy dose of t Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter. The infamous neologisms of Anathem intimidated me also but after reading Embassytown I felt I was ready to anatem Anathem. This book could be anathema to some readers… Originally posted at Fantasy Literature At one point do you admit defeat and give up on a book?
Readers stephensoon capable of absorbing information at a much faster rate than Stephenxon presents it; a reader of Anathem is more in danger of being bored than being overwhelmed. He explains that the aliens are experiencing internal conflict between two factions. In Anathemthe concept itself is the whole point.
Campbell Award Nominee for Best Novel Anathem is best read in somewhat the same spirit as John L.
Both hold, for me, a boundlessly engaging fascination that comes at the price of being made to feel infinitesimally small: There’s a lot of talking, a lot of thinking, a lot of writing, and a lot of calculating going on that, quite honestly, I would have been content to have seen left off the page. Return to Book Page.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Admittedly, every specialized section has the small flaw to put forward a kind of omnipotence claim for correctness in the whole context. Despite all the long-winded argumentation, the key concepts and arguments remain vague.
However, once things get going, they go with a dtephenson. Anyone who’s been interested in the project heal the last couple of years knows that this is an effort to make a clock that will last centuries. Pythagoras’s Theorem holds good. For Neal Stephenson, that means the world of thought.
The division though for Stephenson is not social class which obviously doesn’t exist in the contemporary USA, perish the thought but a vaguer sense of human excellence, a natural aristocracy versus the untermenschen who form the bulk of the population, who have breakfast at casinos nal enjoy films with lots of explosions. For example, the continuing literature, encyclopedias and underlying philosophies of the schools of thought created by Stephenson.