Been wanting to read Cryptonomicon for ages but the sheer bulk of the novel kept me away.
I finally decided to give it a go this month, and it was a surprisingly good read. As several other review on Anobii have already pointed out, despite its reputation, the novel isn't that cryptic or hard core geek. In fact, I thought the novel was pretty straight forward in recounting the adventures of the several characters.
Well, this immense novel (some 900 pages) is many things - novel, cryptography primer, biography, history book, and doorstop. The plot covers two (related) timelines - the Pacific theatre in the second world war, and the same area in the modern day, with side trips to the UK, US and Finland. I did enjoy the book in spite of is great length, though it is more thriller than science fiction, Stepensons's usual genre. There is also much about cryptography (coding), which I found a little complex to follow, but if you're interested makes fascinating reading (Stephenson has actually written a text book about the subject). Even computer genius Alan Turing makes numerous appearances.
Worth persevering, and has some great set pieces - though I wasn't 100% convinced by the ending, which after such a LONG journey was a little disappointing ;)
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"I've been doing all of the 2701 work to this point."
"It's detachment 2702 now", Lawrence says.
"Oh," Alan says, crestfallen. "You noticed."
"It was reckless of you, Alan."
"On the contrary!" Alan says. "What will Rudy think if he notices that, of all the units and divisions and detachments in the Allied order of battle , there is not a single one whose number happens to be the product of two primes?"
Awfully longwinded, but also very funny and, this is Stephenson after all, very clever.
Several plot lines, some set decades apart, are interwoven into a clever tapestry seemingly aimed at a nerdy audience, not unlike Stephenson's Snow Crash or his recent Anathem. This one actually lists an actual Perl script and seemingly mentions Finux, a non existing UNIX variant, obviously referencing Linux, on every page. The hero of the story, as in Snow Crash, is, for all intents and purposes, a nerd.
What turns out to be the main plot line involves the Japanese hiding tons of gold in a secret location in the Philippines. Funnily enough, one of the blogs I follow was talking about exactly that last week.
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