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Cryptonomicon By Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods World War II and the present Our s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterh

  • Title: Cryptonomicon
  • Author: Neal Stephenson
  • ISBN: 9780060512804
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cryptonomicon By Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods World War II and the present Our 1940s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, crypt analyst extraordinaire, and gung ho, morphine addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe They re part of Detachment 2702, an Allied group trying to break Axis communicationCryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods World War II and the present Our 1940s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, crypt analyst extraordinaire, and gung ho, morphine addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe They re part of Detachment 2702, an Allied group trying to break Axis communication codes while simultaneously preventing the enemy from figuring out that their codes have been broken Their job boils down to layer upon layer of deception Dr Alan Turing is also a member of 2702, and he explains the unit s strange workings to Waterhouse When we want to sink a convoy, we send out an observation plane first Of course, to observe is not its real duty we already know exactly where the convoy is Its real duty is to be observed Then, when we come round and sink them, the Germans will not find it suspicious All of this secrecy resonates in the present day story line, in which the grandchildren of the WWII heroes inimitable programming geek Randy Waterhouse and the lovely and powerful Amy Shaftoe team up to help create an offshore data haven in Southeast Asia and maybe uncover some gold once destined for Nazi coffers To top off the paranoiac tone of the book, the mysterious Enoch Root, key member of Detachment 2702 and the Societas Eruditorum, pops up with an unbreakable encryption scheme left over from WWII to befuddle the 1990s pro
    Cryptonomicon By Neal Stephenson

    Cryptonomicon Stephenson Some other reviewers have compared Cryptonomicon to Thomas Pynchon s books such as Gravity s Rainbow, Against The Day, or V These share with Cryptonomicon a love of Mathematics and sometimes far fetched engineering They also share graphic descriptions of sex However, Pynchon is a great novelist, and Stephenson is a competent one. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson Cryptonomicon is the story of money, value and information Lawrence Waterhouse, a math genius, works alongside Alan Tu Cryptonomicon A page tech info dump comfort read. Cryptonomicon on Apple Books Mar , Epic and imaginative, Cryptonomicon weaves historical figures like Alan Turing and Ronald Reagan into the stories of the fictional and supersmart Waterhouse and Shaftoe families The result is a compelling conspiracy that pulls from mathematics, military history, and Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, Paperback Barnes Noble Nov , Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning Was the Command Line He lives in Cryptonomicon eBook Stephenson, Neal Kindle Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods World War II and the present Our s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, cryptanalyst extraordinaire, and gung ho, morphine addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe. Cryptonomicon NPR Cryptonomicon NPR coverage of Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson News, author interviews, critics picks and .

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    1. Aubrey on said:

      Disclaimer Had Mr Stephenson been skillful in his prose characterization writing in general, I would not have paid nearly as much attention to the following issues I read a lot of old dead white guy type literature, and am pretty forgiving so long as it s good If it isn t, well, this happens That is all.Do not be fooled by the static nature of the star count above If I had my way, it would be a roiling maelstrom of a typhoon crashing into lava, erosion and explosion steaming and spilling into a [...]

    2. Will Byrnes on said:

      Pretenses are shabby things that, like papier mache houses, must be energetically maintained or they will dissolve Neal Stephenson has written an overlong novel focusing on the significance of cryptography both in the world today and the time of World War II He links the two by using multiple family generations The predecessors inhabit the early cryptographical universe of Turing and others, dealing with cracking German and Japanese cyphers The latter family representatives are trying to develop [...]

    3. Lyn on said:

      Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, is to techno intellectuals as Bryant Denny Stadium is to redneck college football fans it is a monument According to Stephenson in this very enjoyable, but lengthy book nerds won the Second World War and are keeping global society free from tyranny nowadays Weighing in at 1168 pages, this behemoth saddles up to the literary buffet line alongside Atlas Shrugged and War and Peace How does a book this big get published and how does an author achieve that goal much [...]

    4. Kemper on said:

      One of the problems when reviewing Cryptonomicon is that you could easily end up writing a short novel just trying to summarize it Here s my attempt to boil the story down to its essence.During World War II, Lawrence Waterhouse is a genius mathematician who is part of the effort to break Japanese and German codes, and his job is to keep them from realizing how successful the Allies have been by faking events that give the enemies reasons other than compromised codes to pin any losses on Marine S [...]

    5. Conrad on said:

      My friend Stuart s reading this and I stupidly started spoiling one of the best lines in the book it pops up as Shaftoe s motto and he was mildly irritated with me Fortunately for him, he is vastly smarter than me so while he was quite generously acting annoyed he was probably thinking to himself, Maybe one day I will spoil math and engineering and the details of Riemann zeta functions for Conrad Now I m rereading it out of sympathy and it s even better than I remembered.Anyway, while I haven t [...]

    6. Megan Baxter on said:

      Reading this book was a lot like riding in a car that steadily picks up speed and then stalls out I wanted to like it a great deal than I ended up doing I would be trucking along, really getting into it, starting to get eager about turning the page and finding out what was going to happen next, and thenme reference to hairy legged academic feminists or the Ejaculation Control Commission or those things women always say to manipulate men and my enjoyment would come to a screeching halt Note The [...]

    7. Dan Schwent on said:

      2015 reread In World War II, Bobby Shaftoe is a Marine, and Lawrence Waterhouse is a cryptographer In the present, Randy Waterhouse is part of a tech start up in the Phillipines How are the two threads linked, other than by the mysterious Enoch Root Okay, so this kitten squisher is a lot complicated that but after 1200 reviews, it s hard to come up with teasers some days.As noted above, this was not my first time reading Cryptonomicon I first read it when it was published, way back in the bygon [...]

    8. Fiona on said:

      I am FINIIIIIISHED I thought it didn t have an ending I thought Neal Stephenson kept sneaking to my house and inserting pages in the back while I was asleep I thought he would never be appeased until I begged him to stop with a deck of cards, morse code and a wide variety of pleading looks This is a massive boy book A MASSIVE boy book It s got overwhelmingly male characters, and they do really boy things, like coding, and shooting things, and drawing logarithmic graphs about the last time they [...]

    9. Brendon Schrodinger on said:

      Cryptonomicon.A 1000 page tech info dump comfort read Yes, comfort read,I think this is my fourth read of this wonderful novel and it just keeps on giving I m still picking up new subtleties, offhand comments that I missed, imagery that was lost on me on the last time through There is a reason why this is one of my favourite novels and why Stephenson is my favourite author Cryptonomicon is the story of money, value and information Lawrence Waterhouse, a math genius, works alongside Alan Turing a [...]

    10. Coco Prato on said:

      I m shocked by the critical acclaim this book received in the sci fi category but I suppose even a turd can float Two stars is really pushing it Maybe a star for the number of laughs I got per 100 pages This is the work of a technically inept egomaniac He does have some technical background he drops Unix hints and anagrams the name of a supposed deity who dies and then later comes back w no explanation However, it s not enough savoir faire for any of the content to make sense It might sound dang [...]

    11. Erez Schatz on said:

      Greenspun s Tenth Rule of Programming says, that any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc informally specified bug ridden slow implementation of half of Common Lisp Including Common Lisp, added Robert Morris Lisp, to qoute L Peter Deutsch, can make you realise that software could be close to executable mathematics.Cryptonomicon is surprisingly similar to the previous paragraph, both as an analogy to the book, and for the useless use of computer based qoute, just for t [...]

    12. Russell on said:

      Arrgh I don t remember a book that I both liked and didn t like this much Alright, a quick intro snipped from Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods World War II and the present Our 1940s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, cryptanalyst extraordinaire, and gung ho, morphine addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe They re part of Detachment 2702, an Allied group trying to break Axis communication codes while simulta [...]

    13. Clouds on said:

      Christmas 2010 I realised that I had got stuck in a rut I was re reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci Fi award That s 35 books, 6 of which I d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a fat [...]

    14. Chris McLane on said:

      One day I went out shopping for a book My list of unread, prepurchased titles sat neatly in a stack by my disused fire place and none of them set me alive with anticipation I don t know what I wanted really, but I had a vague idea that there was a black book with numbers on the front that was a New York Times bestseller, and I quite fancied something clever related to code breaking or numbers So I hopped on the subway, rode into Union Square and strolled over to BN on 17th street and found what [...]

    15. Brooke on said:

      Re reading this book, started early January 2009Note This review is from my blog, circa 2005.I finished reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson about a week ago It took me over a month to finish, not because it wasn t great and exciting, but because it was 937 fucking pages long I have to say that Neal Stephenson is one of the most interesting and unique authors I have come across in some time now The book had three main characters story lines, and each of them had it s own strongly independent [...]

    16. Clif Hostetler on said:

      Aspire for fluency in geek speak Is Big Bang Theory your idea of reality TV Then I recommend this Moby Dick of nerd novels Jay Clayton in his book Charles Dickens in Cyberspace calls this book the ultimate geek novel pg 204 211 and draws attention to the literary scientific engineering military industrial intelligence alliance that produced discoveries in two eras separated by fifty years, World War II and the Internet age That s a good concise summary of the book Stephenson writes with a fascin [...]

    17. J.G. Keely on said:

      Neal Stephenson likes to throw weird shit together and see if it sticks The recent his book, the likely it is to resemble a schizophrenic s curio cabinet Your average Phillip Pullman will add a little wacky trepanning to his fantasy trilogy for that refined edge of esoteria Meanwhile, Stephenson will have an exiled member of Italian royalty who works in demolition real estate and knows Escrima thanks to an intense trepanning session with Horace Walpole, Duke Orford Which I believe is an accura [...]

    18. Sud666 on said:

      This is my third Neal Stephenson book You could say I m a fan of his work You would be correct in such a statement But, this is not for everybody His writing style is dense and there is a great deal of information being presented to you More so than the intricate nature of the information is the fact that, sometimes, the author will take you down a bizarre side track that will actually make you sit there and think about what you just read If this doesn t seem like something you d enjoy then skip [...]

    19. Michael on said:

      My four star rating will likely puzzle those friends of mine who have had to listen to me piss and moan about this novel for the past six months My progress as a reader was, shall we say, embarrassingly slow In Stephenson s defense, I tended to put his novel aside after every 200 or so pages and read other things the book actually moves pretty swiftly considering its size But the four star rating is sincere I did enjoy this very much, for the most part, and I intend to at last read Snow Crash an [...]

    20. Krissa on said:

      I mean, FINE, okay, this is one of the most engrossing books I ve ever read I don t really mean best or best written , necessarily I mean, it s a messy sprawling epic that s almost too clever by half and full of hilarious characters and history just so tweaked to accommodate them and also pure unadulterated geekiness So it s not really for everyone but boy did I lap it up and then eat my huge slices of humble pie for everyone in my life that s been bugging me to read it for about four years.I do [...]

    21. Apatt on said:

      This book took me over a month to read, with a couple of short books sandwiched in between It is not a good sign for me when I need to take two breaks to finish a book However, this is not a book that I can dismiss regardless of whether I like it I have several friends who love Cryptonomicon to bits and they are smart, discerning readers I remember when I finished reading Twilight I was kind of glad that I didn t think it was very good Had I found it to be an amazing classic I would have no cred [...]

    22. Leo Robertson on said:

      DNF pg 300.What a relief it is to have packed this one in IDK why so few readers haven t given it 1 , but now I m afraid to I m not super concerned with plot I m kinda of the belief for example that DFW basically almost never told a story Infinite Jest is a bunch of snapshots on a timeline back and forth in which next to nothing happens he creates expansive moments and unpacks how the characters feel, and the fascinating progression of these layers of detail or flowing explanations is what makes [...]

    23. KatHooper on said:

      ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Neal Stephenson s Cryptonomicon is a lengthy historical fiction set during both World War II and the late 1990s with much of the action taking place in the Philippines In the 1940s, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, colleague of Alan Turing, is hired by the U.S Navy to help break Axis codes Meanwhile, Marine Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe, who s too enthusiastic and courageous for his own good, doesn t realize that his troop s job is to make it look like the U.S hasn [...]

    24. El on said:

      It s probably safe to assume Neal Stephenson is some sort of freakish genius, along the lines of David Foster Wallace or someone I felt at times while reading Cryptonomicon that I was reading Infinite Jest again, which isn t really a good comparison since the books have nothing to do with one another Except this is my review and this is how I roll Both authors can cram an exorbitant amount of information in less than 2000 pages, and to read it all makes ones head hurt, but in a good way Like you [...]

    25. Phil on said:

      I m an English major I ve read a lot of books This one, is hands down my favorite modern fiction novel I ve read it twice, recommended it to others, and I m sure I ll read it again There is so much to appreciate here.It is a semi historical adventure, so there s something for fiction and non fiction fans.The writing is justly verbose at times, and conversationally abrupt at other times In essence, you find yourself wholly in the minds and bodies of the characters while reading every scene.The li [...]

    26. Stephen on said:

      4.0 stars I am glad I finally got around to reading this as I had read so many sterling reviews and I am a big fan of Neal Stephenson Snow Crash and The Diamond Age Or, a Young Lady s Illustrated Primer being two of my All Time Favorite novels While not enjoying this as much as the two aforementioned books, there is no doubt that Stephenson can write and write well The plot is complex, taking place in two time lines World War II and today that eventually tie together, and containing a myriad of [...]

    27. Mona on said:

      Neal Stephenson performed his usual wizardry in Cryptonomicon , a very long book that is a sequel to The Baroque Cycle , which was in fact written later Cryptonomicon was published in 1999, where the three volumes of The Baroque Cycle came out in 2003 and 2004 Cryptonomicon is ostensibly a historical novel But the genre is really magic realism, although the elements of magic are subtly interwoven into the usually realistic plot Stephenson creates his special and unique stew of multi culturalism, [...]

    28. Rob on said:

      Though Snow Crash will probably remain my all time favorite Neal Stephenson novel, Cryptonomicon might take the crown as his best As I write this review, I wrapping up my third reading of this novelIEF ASIDE REGARDING THE TIMING OF THIS THIRD READING It is probably worth noting my mental state when I cracked the spine on this one for the third time Stephenson s Anathem had just come out and I could not quite bring myself to drop the cash on the hardcover But I was overwhelmed with the urge to re [...]

    29. Sean on said:

      Neal Stephenson is brilliant Quite obviously so And one of his strengths lies in writing books that make abstruse, convoluted niche subjects feel approachable and exciting to the average reader His attention to detail and his playful tangents, asides and divagations are charming, witty and often fascinating.Unfortunately this does not always translate into well written and well structured narratives To put it mildly, Cryptonomicon drags It meanders Occasionally it stops completely dead More than [...]

    30. Andrei Alupului on said:

      I usually roll my eyes at blurbs on books, especially when they re as reductive and simple as the ones I m about to cite, but electrifying and a hell of a read seem like the two most fitting ways to summarize my opinion on this book I had a tough time putting this down It s not a challenging book, but it s also not a stupid book and I was surprised to find how literary it actually is Outside of that, and really most importantly, it s an absolute blast to read.Clearly a lot of research went into [...]

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