Many aspects over my head and took me an incredibly long time to get through, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
One of the best books i've read in the last few years.
A very complex and entertaining story, set in an amazingly deep new world. A lot of attention as been put in the fleshing out of interesting characters.
It sets your mind on and makes you think and ponder on really exotic concepts.
A must read, unless you hate sci-fi as a whole....Continua
Of all Neal Stephenson's books Anathem is the most difficult to read. There is less story and more dialogs about ideas. So, if you like a mesh of ideas about possible worlds, alternative realities, and the mind, with a fairly likeable science fiction story, you probably want to read this. If not, stay away from this book, because you will not see it through its vast 890 pages.
I started to enjoy this book after page 200 or so, because in the first part of the book you get introduced to a different world (than Earth), with a somewhat different language (a dictionary is added at the end). It took a some effort to get all this. But after that it was fun!
Imagine a world (Arbre) where theors (theoretical scientists / philosophers) think up a polycosmic theory and one day the 'aliens' from different cosmi show up. One of the alien races comes from Earth. The rest is intergalactic politics and warfare.