Monday, May 12, 2008

Cryptonomicon: Neal Stephenson

One of those books that you think no-one but you will enjoy because it seems to match your interests so much. I suppose it's about code-making and -breaking in the second world war and the present day. Lengthy excursions into pure maths and engineering. Complicated, intricate, with fresh ideas and insights around every corner that tempt Stephenson to explore yet another tangent -- a temptation he usually succumbs to. What a brilliant book. It stayed with me weeks after I finished it. I bought another copy, having given back the original that I myself was lent; then I gave that copy away. Now I want another, because I like to have one near. That kind of book.

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