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Post by Lallafa Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:46 am

Oh man my boner for this guys is like the size of alaska and I've only read two of his books.

Robin you should lend me Anathem.
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Post by Karl Marx Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:21 am

Yeah it's like sitting on my desk. It's also his best book btw. The end is like a little rushed but not that bad. And that's kind of a universal problem with Neal Stephenson books. He's an awesome writer but he's not as great at endings for whatever reason.
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Post by Lallafa Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:22 am

You know who is awesome at endings? Dianna Wynne Jones. She wraps up subplots I forgot about. And all so smoothly and deliciously.
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Post by Galkar Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:41 pm

I can to this category to make a Stephenson thread only to find that you had beaten me to it. Anyway, yes, Anathem is absurdly awesome. It is seriously like the perfect book for me.
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Post by Karl Marx Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:23 pm

Absurdly awesome is the perfect epithet for that book.

I'd say there's four distinct sections and each would make a pretty decent story by itself.

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Post by Galkar Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:30 pm

Yeah, and also I just absolutely love the idea of the Mathic world.
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Post by Karl Marx Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:45 pm

Yes.

I would move there in a second.

One. Fucking. Second.
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Post by Galkar Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:48 pm

Seriously. It's hard to think of a setting that's more appealing.
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Post by Karl Marx Wed Oct 20, 2010 10:11 pm

"Live on a self-sustaining intellectual commune with no concept of marriage! Isolate yourself from the ignorant! It's nothing but philosophical debates, astronomy, brewing your own beer, and free love from here on out, boys!"
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Post by Galkar Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:30 am

They have a concept of marriage. One of the encounters or whatever they're called was essentially marriage.
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Post by Karl Marx Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:51 am

I'd argue that it's still different from marriage as it can be ended at any time and has no legal meaning (marriage mostly exists to facilitate property ownership, after all, and only exists as a romantic thing second). And anyway I seem to remember somebody saying it was extremely uncommon.
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Post by Galkar Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:00 am

I don't know, I would certainly consider the legal aspect of marriage to be of secondary importance to the romantic commitment, but maybe that's just me.
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