This book contains: nanotechnology, steampunk, virtual reality, new and old religion, artificial intelligence and much more. Altogether in the cauldron. The story is intriguing, but too intricate. Contrarily to what happened with "Snow Crash", at the end I didn't feel the need of a part 2....Continua
For sure, "The diamond age" does not lack Stephenson's topoi - an anarchic, fragmented earth, a futuristic scenario halfway between cyber- and steam-punk. Seemingly not too far from his debut in scifi land, "Snow Crash". Yet it feels fresh.
This time, the action is mostly set in China, where, thanks to a quasi-magical book, a young girl will play a central role in the events that will shape a world on the verge of nano-tech global warfare.
This was one of Stephenson's finest. The Diamond Age is probably a good one to start with if you want to know what neal Stephenson is all about; since it is only 500 pages long (most of his other books are at least 800 pages long; except Snow Crash).
The Diamond Age is about nanotechnology, the way the world might be organized in the future (including its wars), the blurring lines between fact and fiction and, of course, Turing machines....Continua
I won't spoil the plot; suffice to say that, as any other Neal Stephenson book I have come across so far, it's lovely, interesting, well written and full of surprises.
Neal seemed to grow up a bit for this book. The myriad of subplots are woven together in such a way that, when they all come together and you can see the intersections clearly, you will find yourself smiling as you read the last one hundred pages. It's truly a wonderful book, with no turn being expected. Its focus on nanotechnology, if it turns out to be anything like Snow Crash's focus on the Metaverse, is a telling look into the future of our world....Continua