[DWJ] Neal Stephenson and Philip Pullman
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sun Feb 18 20:00:42 EST 2007
I was introduced to Neal Stephenson by this list. Thanks ever so.
I read the Baroque Trilogy with huge enjoyment, partly because of
having done a lot of history of science in college.
Then I tried to read _Cryptonomicon_ but didn't get into it. It
had too many familiar names and themes. But more on this later.
Then I didn't read any Stephenson for ages and ages.
Recently I read _Zodiac_, which I enjoyed. So I charged on and
tried Cryptonomicon again and got right through it. And
Most recently I read _The Diamond Age_. I found it uneven
and not entirely successful, but quite interesting.
Am I the only person in the world who got a sort of Philip
Pullmanish feel from it? There are some quite striking
similarities in the situation of young woman on quest, I
thought. And I imagine the Victorian stuff reminded me.
I believe I found the missing link between animal
and civilized man. It is us.
-- Konrad Lorenz
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