# Monday, December 06, 2004

I just finished Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, and what a ride it was!  Snow Crash is one of my favorite books ever, but I was pretty underwhelmed by The Diamond Age, so I’ve put off reading Cryptonomicon.  I now see that was a mistake.  I enjoyed the whole book, and couldn’t put it down for the last 100 or so pages. 

Stephenson employs the fabulously wacky use of language that he did in Snow Crash, but along slightly less absurdist lines.  Snow Crash was cool, but definitely felt fictional (although not that far off from where we are today, frankly).  Cryptonomicon, on the other hand, is a bit more down to earth in it’s subject matter, even though it’s certainly fanciful.

I thought he did a great job of capturing modern nerd culture, and was gratified to see that Randy the geek turns out to be the hero of the tale in the end.  A great read.  Now I’ll have to start the Baroque Cycle…