Neal Stephenson


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The latest magnificent creation from the award-winning author of Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle trilogy.
Erasmas, 'Raz', is a young avout living in the Concent, a sanctuary for mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers. Three times during history's darkest epochs, violence has invaded and devastated the cloistered community. Yet the avout have always managed to adapt in the wake of catastrophe.
But they now prepare to open the Concent's gates to the outside world, in celebration of a once-a-decade rite. Suddenly, Erasmas finds himself a major player in a drama that will determine the future of his world — as he sets out on an extraordinary odyssey that will carry him to the most dangerous, inhospitable corners of the planet…and beyond.
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    thecraftm15shared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    A very challenging book to read, but one that I enjoyed as I committed myself to reading to from start to finish. Yet again, Stephenson's wild mind created another concept story that blew my mind. An intellectual read for sure. It took me some time to get used to the language the author created for the story. Kept having to refer to the glossary - like Composto's The End of the Kai. But after 100 pages or so I got used to it. Any fan of hard core sci fi will enjoy it.

    Affinitas ApSshared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Fantastic Universe. Very Well thought put book.

    Руслан Прокопчукshared an impression4 years ago
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    🔮Hidden Depths

    The best fiction I've read in years! Amazing and thought-provoking.


    Thor Fogelberg Jensenhas quoted7 years ago
    Orolo said nothing, which made me embarrassed at the time. When I thought about it later, though, I understood that he didn’t need to say anything because what I’d said was obviously true.
    Mathias Jul Jørgensenhas quoted2 years ago
    when Fraa Erasmas, here, came into the math ten years ago, it was called ‘cruising the speely’ and when I came in almost thirty years ago we called it ‘Farspark
    Руслан Прокопчукhas quoted4 years ago
    The mystic nails a symbol to one meaning that was true for a moment but soon becomes false. The poet, on the other hand, sees that truth while it’s true but understands that symbols are always in flux and that their meanings are fleeting.

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