12 Jun '12, 3pm

Reamde

Reamde

My mate Jeff has been on me to read Reamde since before Christmas. Neil bought it for me for Christmas. Jeff kept asking me, Have you read Reamde yet? Tell me what you think of it once you have! I wondered why he was so kancheong about it — we both really like Neal Stephenson, but this was a bit overkill. And then I read it. OMFG! For starters, it goes back to the gaming world of Snow Crash (well — sort of): this time we are with the game’s creator Richard Forthrast, a very rich man with a colourful past who owns the world of T’Rain, a MMORPG (I think) that has taken the world by storm. There’s virtual war, virtual currency, and some Russian mafia thrown in for good measure. As well as a very large part of the story set in Xiamen . That’s the OMFG part. Is it really geeky that I was so thrilled to pretty much recognise every part of Xiamen he described? Even the apartment ...

Full article: http://www.serialdeviant.org/weblog/2012/06/12/reamde/

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