Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I just finished this book today. And it's awesome! Every chapter gave me something to look forward to, something to make my brain work, and questions that I needed answers to. I loved it!

The story can be convoluted at parts, so I won't give you a synopsis. It all ties together in a neat bow, and at no point did I find myself bored. Even when he started going into complex math that flew over my head. In fact, the math is one of the best parts of this book, in my opinion. Even when I don't understand it, I enjoy trying to understand complex math. Which is odd because math is the reason I dropped out of college.

Anyway, I strongly recommend this book, especially if you like WWII history (even though some of the history is fictionalized), and if you like treasure hunts, ensemble casts, computer discussions (admittedly out of date since this was published in 1999), and a great mystery that weaves itself together like a tapestry.

I know, this isn't necessarily the "best" book review in the world, but I loved this book. I'm still trying to wrap my head around all of the implications of the story, even after I know how all of the story lines come together. It's inspiring. I want to read it again, and probably will some day. Honestly, I cannot recommend this book enough.

Giles is a lover of books, first and foremost. He's a geek who enjoys computers and math, especially when they're well-written in fiction. You can follow him on Twitter and keep an eye out for other projects in the not-so-distant future.

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