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What the community says about The Diamond Age
- "This is one of my favorite cyberpunk style stories. The world that was created by Neal Stephenson is very interesting and I loved reading about it. This story has an interesting take on nanotechnology, and the young girl the story revolves around, Nell, is easy to like and root for."
- "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 9 year old twin sons. I was looking for something exciting and magical to share with them while I read to them at night. I found this amazing sci-fi novel called "The Diamond Age," by Neal Stephenson, which is a fantastic inspiration for adults to use their imagination and visualize a dystopian future society where the world is controlled through technological and scientific achievements that creates a class structure. My sons absolutely love the storyline and they keep begging me to acquire more books by this author. Thank you !"
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in What are the best cyberpunk books"There was a lot of positive reviews regarding this book so I thought I'd give it a try for myself. While I am new-ish to the cyberpunk genre, I've always been a voracious reader and have enjoyed many other books from the broader science fiction spectrum. I found this book to be a bit lacking. It's inconsistent in the story building and at times confusing. I needed to re-read things to keep things straight in my mind as I finished the book. It's not a bad book per se, but it certainly wouldn't be one I run for. "
- "This is my favourite book, despite many many flaws. I've read it five times now, and Nell's journey from abused child to [spoilers] is something that never ceases to enthrall The characters that drive and interweave with her story are intricate, bizarre and original. The problem with the book (and the reason why it's really not for everyone) is that some of the writing is close to impenetrable: Neal Stephenson has a habit of using the most arcane words to describe mundane items, and of going off on utterly bizarre tangents that generally distract from, rather than enhance the story. All that said, if I had a few spare million in the bank, I'd kick down every door I could to buy the TV rights to this. The book itself is in two parts, which would transition perfectly in to series 1 & 2 of a Netflix style production; with a series 3 begging to be extrapolated from "what happens next"."
- "In light of the subsequent development of an "A.I." Barbie doll that is purported to be about to hit the consumer market; this book is actually prophetic. Some reviews have said it was a difficult read but it is actually a highly nuanced read. Stephenson is writing on many levels about the complexity of global economics, technologies and cultures and the impact of the "haves" on the "have-nots". The book is part steampunk, part Dickensian and part fairy tale but they are all interwoven very well. Since there is no glossary provided it would seem the writer did not want the reader to get bogged down wondering what certain things were but to infer what they might be via context. Important "unknowns" are eventually defined or described in detail although not always when first introduced into the storyline so a "leap of faith" is sometimes required"
- "This was a fair book. I was not that thrilled by the plot which I felt had been rehashed from many other books and movies. I do not think that I would go see this if it were in a movie format. It was rather ordinary."