Neal Stephenson Cares About Canada . . . and by the transitive property, so do I


The first seven hundred pages of Neal Stephenson's new novel Reamde take place in exotic locales such as Xiamen, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the MMORPG T'Rain, but the last three hundred pages follow international terrorist Abdullah Jones as he makes his way through the mountains of British Columbia towards the U.S. border-- and though the Canadian portion of the novel is a bit slower paced than the rest, it is well worth the wait until the entire international cast of characters descend on the inaccessible and mountainous border of Idaho and Canada-- Stephenson has a miniature war play out there, and his detailed, steady description of multiple plot threads is so arresting (not to mention that after 1000 pages you're rather attached to the characters) that your heart will race, your palms will sweat, the outside world will vanish, and when you finish the final page, you won't believe that the experience was NOT virtual, not generated by any sort of technology, and simply the result of well-placed squiggles on the white pages of a very thick book.

5 comments:

zman said...

Is "the Canadian portion of the novel is a bit slower paced than the rest" supposed to be a dig? I thought you were going to care about Canada? Don't hate!

Dave said...

slow paced can be good! like williamsburg . . . scratch that.

Squeaky said...

I kind of took it to mean ... the Canadians ride the short bus.

Dave said...

i'm really having trouble with this resolution.

Squeaky said...

Resolutions are made to be broken.

It might be easier to keep track of the number of times your dog pees in the house. You all got a puppy right?

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