more than 500 pages? (intensely off-topic)

Margaret Ball margaret at
Fri Feb 7 12:29:08 EST 2003

> There's
> even maths to skip <insouciant grin>. 

One of the things I like about Cryptonomicon is that it's one of the 
very few novels I've read that portrays how mathematicians really 
think... most writers who attempt this give the sense that they did 
their research painstakingly but don't have any true feeling for the 
subject, so it all feels a little "off."  It was a real pleasure, 
reading Cryptonomicon, to feel "oh yes, that's how it feels when you're 
groping your way through that kind of problem."

Actually I enjoy Stephenson's writing so much that I don't care if the 
plot gets tangled up in its own devices and crashes, because there's 
something surprising and fun on almost any page.

Margaret Ball

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