Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

LurkeyTurkey #CBR4, Review #5, Reamde by Neal Stephenson

 I would very much encourage you all to become blind when seeing synopses of this book- it will do you no good.  It would be a waste of time to read them, and no matter what you think you will find yourself walking into, it will be wrong.

That being said, let me tell you is this one hell of a good book.  It started in one direction, that being of a character portrait of a well-to-do man in his early fifties, seemingly lost in a fog of rather tenuous connections to emotions and people in his life.  It started as an evaluation of what it is to be an American male, and a Midwesterner, and more specifically, an Iowan.

And then the action began.  And it just didn’t let up for nearly 1000 pages, and not at all in the direction I thought it would.  The plot twists and turns, the development of characters, the interconnectedness of  it all was mind-boggling.  And I don’t have an easily boggled mind.  (Not that I would admit to, in any case.)

This is not a book to be picked up and set aside lightly- it will grab your brain and not let go until it is all over.  I listened to this one on audiobook as well (what? I have a long commute to work on public transit, back off!  It counts, mswas said so.), and the narrator, Malcom Hillgartner, did the author proud.  He enriched the story, and didn’t detract from it, which makes me a very happy girl.

So, bottom line: grab this book.  Don’t be intimidated by its size, just do it.  You’ll be happy that you did.


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