Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon

eBook - 2003
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An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : PerfectBound, 2003.
ISBN: 9780060768416
006076841X
9780060575502
0060575506

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StubbyD
Sep 26, 2017

this book is quite the lengthy read. but IMHO, well worth it. When this author is on, he's on!
Snow Crash was good but Cryptonomicon is a once in a lifetime achievement.

And I tried this on a whim - after not even finishing Anathema.

Good read, especially if you like stories that weave historical accuracy into them.

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tjdickey
Dec 28, 2016

Certainly worth the length! Comparisons elsewhere to Umberto Eco are certainly valid, as well as a young Tom Clancy (when Clancy still was tighter in plotting). The story is deep and well-crafted, with layers which only slowly emerge into sight.

JohnK_KCMO Dec 05, 2016

This is it - the book that single-handedly made me a fan of Neal Stephenson. Grand scope, geeky technology, and characters you care about. All of Stephenson's greatest strengths as a writer are on full display.

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sat7
Oct 11, 2016

Great book! This author rocks. I found this took an investment that was worthwhile. Great epic novel -

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1tarheel
Sep 15, 2016

It's almost impossible to go wrong with Neal Stephenson. The search continues....

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humbleworm
May 18, 2016

The writing style reminded me of Flash Boys, although this is fact-based fiction and simply drags on forever with detail. Interesting but not really engaging.

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ace_combs
Oct 22, 2015

There's good reason Stephenson is often mentioned in the same sentence with Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and other literary luminaries. He deserves to be. The characters in WWII portion of the book all echo in the present day. Some foks have said the math is daunting and it is, but I read it as I do the long and sometimes tedious theological ramblings in Umberto Eco's work or Pynchon's lapses into physics. If it pertains to plot I'll try to understand it and if not, I'll skim it. No one should really approach a book like this thinking they'll understand cryptology after reading it but you'll definitely have a sense of it's complexity and the tremendous effort that went into breaking WWII codes and how the computers that grew out of that effort make it hard to keep secrets these days.

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sujacart
Jan 03, 2015

i am unable to download
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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

Stephenson is brilliant, and this 1000+ page novel is an epic of WWII cryptography, late 20th-century high tech business, and treasure hunters. Reads like a Pynchon novel without the inscrutability.

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jennabraunstein
May 05, 2014

This book is fun, funny, intelligent, and exciting the whole way through! Definitely worth a read or four.

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a generational tale of the waterhouse family, secrets, codes and nazi gold.

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