Attempted REAMDE. Left off in the middle. Where the The Prague Cemetery (New Eco) jumps into your face like a stink of thoroughly spoiled food when you open a food container long forgotten in the midst of the fridge, this one was like a gallon of dirty water in the kitchen sink with dishes floating. Not hair-raising eww, but a mild unpleasant yuck.

It's a bad year indeed when you lose two of your formerly favorite writers by February...
11 February 2012 ; 10:34 pm
 
 
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From:dvornyagka
Date:2012-02-12 03:42 am (UTC)
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Ну, может, это не окончательные потери. Может, это по творческой неудаче на брата, а в дальнейшем оно опять станет лучше? Творческая ж неудача с каждым может случиться.
все плохо!
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-12 03:51 am (UTC)
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Бывает неудача категории гужа лопнула, а бывает неудача категории ногу оторвало... Я покамест классифицировать не берусь, кто я такой, в конце концов, но опасаюсь худшего.

Мне кажется, что то и другое - халтура. А халтурить, единожды начав, прекратить очень затруднительно. Мне, во всяком случае, таких примеров восстановления из пепла видеть не доводилось.

Edited at 2012-02-12 03:52 am (UTC)
From:kdm17
Date:2012-02-12 11:00 am (UTC)
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У меня есть ощущение, что этот странный человек после каждой книги тщательно аналитически разбирает, что у него получилось хорошо, чтобы этого не повторить. Уж не знаю, назло своим фанатам или просто по складу характера.
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-13 02:43 am (UTC)
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Очень возможно. Как правильно сказала Аннабель, для него, в отличие от Эко, вероятно, возможно какое-то "дальше"...
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-12 04:14 am (UTC)
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Neal Stephenson. Reamde.
From:akusasik
Date:2012-02-13 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I didn't thoroughly hate it, but I felt that it could have been compressed by half and not lose much substance.

печально мне
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-13 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Cannot really say I hated it (that's two strong a word, really), but it went like this: after about 300 pages I realized that I was repeatedly asking myself why am I still reading this. Could not find an coherent answer. Stopped. Read a few pages of Cryptonomicon, just for comparison analysis, and did not get the same feeling. Considered concept proven and moved to another discourse...

It is sad, really. He had three years since he's written Anathem - and this is all he can do? I was prepared for a book that is written for a different kind of nerds, but I was totally unprepared for a botch...
From:akusasik
Date:2012-02-13 07:09 pm (UTC)
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It happens

By the way, if you get a chance to, check out "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan. I really enjoyed it.
I'm talking "Buy all other books by this author" enjoyed it. It's a hybrid of sci-fi, cyberpunk and hard-boiled detective.

Also, I hear rumors that "The Windup Girl" is really good, but I haven't read it yet.
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-13 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh. I very well might. Is it old-Stephenson kind of good or Jewish-policemen kind of good?
From:akusasik
Date:2012-02-13 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I don't think "Altered Carbon" is old Stephenson good. I would say Heinlein good. The whole time I was reading it, I had this feeling like I was reading a golden-age sci-fi novel, despite the cyberpunk parts and the "detective novel" structure.

I forgot, what was your beef with Yiddish policemen? It was either beleivability or prose.
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-13 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Well, I don't like Heinlein much, but let's see. How's the language (that is definitely what I valued with Stephenson to the extent of forgiving him plot and consistency mishaps)

No beef, but yes, believability is a thing, and the book has a distinct "it is full of unpleasantries but so is life in general, and it is about jews, so read it, sob" attitude...
From:akusasik
Date:2012-02-13 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Gotcha. Take my recommendation with a grain of salt, then. "Your mileage may vary" and that sort of thing.
From:ikadell
Date:2012-02-13 09:50 pm (UTC)
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what if the damned bird walks on its own two legs dragging an empty can etc...
:)

We may mutually benefit from working out a literary tastes table (or at least steady multiple) that would allow us to make the necessary adjustment on the go.
 
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