Where do I start? How do I write a post about a thousand-page epic? Clearly I can’t do it justice, so I won’t even try to write more a single paragraph. Reamde (not a typo) is a sprawling Neal Stephenson novel about massively multiplayer online gaming, terrorists, computer viruses, drug smuggling, spies, guns, survivalists, etc., etc., etc. It’s a satire of an international techno-thriller, and it’s a story about economics. (Economics? Yes, economics.) OK, so it’s not Cryptonomicon, but it’s fun to read, despite its unreasonable length. It isn’t great literature, but it’s not exactly your typical genre fiction either. Find yourself a spare hour or two…or 40…and jump right in for its sheer entertainment value. Just don’t take it too seriously.

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