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Old 07-13-2019, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove View Post
I pretty much agree with the consensus here. Too many unaddressed loose ends; too many plot lines that were just dropped. I liked the Ameristan section and the questions it raised, but was never heard from again later in the book. He could have woven that in--things are gonna get dicey when religious nutsos that refuse to upload are the ones with their fingers on the power switch. But it just turned into a high fantasy/Biblical/Greek god adventure by the end, which I didn't much care for--not the kind of thing I read Stephenson for.

I did enjoy it for the most part, but Cryptonomicon or Anathem it wasn't.
He could have woven that (Ameristan) in? It should have been the whole book. Or at least an entire separate book.

But, as was pointed out above, Stephenson does not deal well with, or even think about much, characters who are not some kind of super techno-elite demigods.