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Anathem (2008)

de Neal Stephenson

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Raz, a mathematician, is among a cohort of secluded scientists and philosophers who are called upon to save the world from impending catastrophe.
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    A Canticle for Leibowitz de Walter M. Miller Jr. (Jesse_wiedinmyer, vnovak, szarka)
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    El nom de la rosa de Umberto Eco (the_awesome_opossum)
    the_awesome_opossum: The plot and writing are really similar: a dense and complex mystery/thriller set in a monastery. The Name of the Rose is historical fiction, not sci fi, but if you enjoyed the complicated and weighty plot, Name of the Rose would also be good… (més)
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    Cryptonomicon de Neal Stephenson (BriarE)
  4. 140
    Snow Crash de Neal Stephenson (Wova4)
  5. 80
    El joc de les granisses de Hermann Hesse (bertilak)
  6. 70
    El pèndol de Foucault de Umberto Eco (freddlerabbit)
    freddlerabbit: See the Name of the Rose recommendation above - I find Foucault's even more analogous here because Name of the Rose is a bit more plot-driven than the other two, where Foucault's and Anathem both have as much as 40% pure theory-disguised-as-dialogue.… (més)
  7. 72
    Embassytown de China Miéville (bertilak, g33kgrrl)
    bertilak: Miéville has written a philosophical science fiction novel that rocks and is not bloated: Stephenson please take note.
  8. 50
    The Clock of the Long Now de Stewart Brand (bertilak)
  9. 50
    Excession de Iain M. Banks (elenchus)
    elenchus: Banks also introduces the "out of context" problem central to Anathem, but in a wildly different plot, and universe. Banks is less ontology and more space opera, but I found both books very entertaining, and both Stephenson and Banks sensitive to political questions raised by their respective plots.… (més)
  10. 30
    Nightfall de Isaac Asimov (Jesse_wiedinmyer)
  11. 30
    Seveneves de Neal Stephenson (Mind_Booster_Noori)
  12. 20
    The Sparrow de Mary Doria Russell (quartzite)
    quartzite: Both books deal with key groups of people preparing to meet alien cultures with a bit of theology and philosophy thrown in.
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    El món de Sofia de Jostein Gaarder (SiSarah)
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    The City & The City de China Miéville (chmod007)
    chmod007: Both novels depict coexisting-but-dissociated societies — drastically foreign to the world we live in — but help us reflect on it.
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    Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business de Neil Postman (themulhern)
    themulhern: Stephenson himself remarked that Anathem was a book about how people don't read books anymore. Moreover, there is a delightfully satirical sequence in which the characters are discusses serious things over food at a rest stop, and the narrator is repeatedly distracted by images on the speelies that are incoherent yet commanding. Later, the protagonist realizes that one of these images was relevant, and there is another bit of satire.… (més)
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    Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution de R. F. Kuang (Cecrow)
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    The Just City de Jo Walton (Cecrow)
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    The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. de Neal Stephenson (Mind_Booster_Noori)
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    Parallel Worlds : A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos de Michio Kaku (bertilak)
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    Finity de John Barnes (szarka)

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Anathem may have beat out Diamond Age for the position of my favorite Stephenson book. The start was somewhat slow, and it takes awhile to get use to all the made up vocabulary the book uses, but the effort is worth it. Once I got into the book, I was hooked, and I made it through the ~900 pages in about a week.

One thing I liked about Anathem was the main character, Raz. He was not the smartest or the strongest or the best leader, although he did have each of these skills to some degree. What made Raz special was that he did what needed to be done, mixed with a little of being in the right place at the right time. Something about the character really appealed to me. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
Anathem illustrates, with lush visuals and unimpeded intellect, a fascinating and attractive society comprising the best constructs from human history.

Or, spoiler alert, vice versa!

This novel starts with a satisfying plot whose stakes rise to keep the reader sprinting on this hedonistic treadmill, all the while taking time to define and contextualize non-trivial philosophical, mathematical and scientific phenomena. ( )
  quavmo | Jun 26, 2022 |
The protagonist's (and, with increasing clarity across his career, the author's) contempt for 'baseline' people and the book's increasingly ridiculous deification of academics is embarrassing. The world building is fun and the plot is engaging, but the major mystery is whether the cloying fetishization of intelligence is primarily cynical audience flattery or troubling personality defect. ( )
  cathect | Mar 1, 2022 |
This is my first journey with a Neal Stephenson novel. And I must say, this went quite well. Sure, it might be a little dull at times, slowly-paced, and maybe even anti-climatic.

But all things considered, this is a mind-boggling and thought-provoking piece of work that definitely made a dent in my personal universe, or "cosmos" - to use the book's terminology.

Stephenson wrote an epic Sci-Fi/Fantasy treat complete with its own vocabulary (which takes you a good hundred or two pages to get used to). Combined with this is a wonderful blend of philosophy, mathematics, physics (quantum mechanics and multiverse theory), as well as history. These were all weaved together artfully by Stephenson (I'm a mere enthusiast when it comes to these topics - but I really enjoyed the combination of ideas presented here embedded within the story).

Although the novel's length (900 pages) is an issue to some, it still has other glaring flaws. While Stephenson's world-building is impressive and awe-inspiring; it seemed to me that this was at the expense of character depth and storytelling. At times where I expected hints of surprise from characters from sudden/shocking events, or distrusting of newly-met strangers - a normal human reaction in such situations, none were to be found. Few logical motives were explained to progress the story and tie it together into a coherent whole (so much for coherent narratives, Neal!).

All in all, I chose to overlook these flaws and award this book with a perfect 5-star rating because that was one thought-provoking ride that will be hard to scrub off for years(?) to come. ( )
1 vota nonames | Jan 14, 2022 |
Simply amazing. Neal Stephenson reaffirms his status as my favorite author. I haven't read a better book this year (or maybe even last year). ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 275 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Seen through the eyes of a young ascetic named Erasmas, the universe of “Anathem” and its properties are revealed methodically over hundreds of pages, and at first, there is much joy to be found in watching this plausible other reality assemble itself and in observing how it parallels our own.

Too much of the book is dominated by lengthy dialectical debates, whose conclusions are hardly earth-shattering (if you are reading this review, I suspect you already know how to divide a rectangular cake into eight equal servings) and which do little to promote a reader’s engagement with the characters of ­“Anathem,” any more than one cares about the interior lives of Pausanias or Eryximachus while reading “The Symposium.” What’s worse, the book’s fixation on dialogue leads Erasmas (and Stephenson) to simply tell us what is happening or has happened in pivotal scenes, instead of allowing us to see the events for ourselves through descriptive action.
afegit per SimoneA | editaNew York Times, Dave Itzkoff (Oct 17, 2008)
The only catch to reading a novel as imposingly magnificent as this is that for the next few months, everything else seems small and obvious by comparison.
Stephenson's world-building skills, honed by the exacting work he did on his recent Baroque Cycle trilogy, are at their best here. Anathem is that rarest of things: A stately novel of ideas packed with cool tech, terrific fight scenes, aliens, and even a little ESP.
afegit per PhoenixTerran | editaio9, Annalee Newitz (Sep 4, 2008)

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Neal Stephensonautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Dufris, WilliamNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gilbert, TaviaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gräbener-Müller, JulianeTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Serrano, ErvinAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stingl, NikolausÜbersetzerautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stutz, DavidRedactor/compositorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Wyman, OliverNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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