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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's…
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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra… (original: 1995; edição: 2000)

de Neal Stephenson (Autor)

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The story of an interactive book, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, written by John Hackworth, a nano engineer. It helps a girl become a princess and educates an army of girls who eventually save his life. The setting is a world where molecular machines create any object desired and where nations have been replaced by cultural enclaves, in this case the neo-Victorians of coastal China. Part-science fiction, part-political thriller.… (mais)
Membro:DuckOfDoom
Título:The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book)
Autores:Neal Stephenson (Autor)
Informação:Spectra (2000), Edition: Reprint, 499 pages
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This is the first book that I've read by Neal Stephenson. Frankly, I'd been intimidated by his work, and finally bit the bullet. In short - this is a great book. It's very interesting to see the different ideas that he has for nanotechnology over the next 80-100 years (although I guess it would be more accurate to say 100-120 years since this book is already 20 years old). The rise of the Neo-Victorians should appeal to any steampunk enthusiast out there. (interestingly, I'm reading another book ([b:The Stars My Destination|333867|The Stars My Destination|Alfred Bester|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1433671750s/333867.jpg|1398442]) at the moment that also envisions a future with a return to Victorian principles, but that book is 60 years old!)
There's a lot to ponder about in this book, and I think that I'll hold off on reading another Stephenson so that I don't get the ideas mixed in my feeble brain.
... Now to find my local Drummer recruitment center... ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
A Classic. More fun than his more recent books. Inspiration for projects like One Laptop Per Child project, 3D printing projects and more. Read this and read Snow Crash. Both great books. ( )
  mgplavin | Oct 3, 2021 |
In summary of all that follows: I don't dislike the style of Stephenson's writings, but the ideas that inform it are terrible.

What to say about this book? Well, it wasn't as objectionable as Seveneves, which had convinced me to swear off of Stephenson entirely. Sadly, I've never been that great at keeping oaths, and having already purchased this book before reading the latter, I made the mistake of dipping back in.

Here's a reductionist overview of the basic premise: A man decides he knows the one true way to raise the right sort of proper young ladies, and that way is via computerized book.

Yes, there are a few things wrong with that premise, not least of which being that there's apparently just one way right way to be a strong young woman. And yes, yes, argue that this isn't Stephenson speaking but merely from the perspective of the neo-Victorian mindset, or what have you, but the truth is that the narrative lacks the complexity required to be passing nuanced critique of its own espoused goods.

The idea of an animated, reactive, story-telling pseudo-intelligent electronic book is an enticing one, however, and in those first few chapters where we are introduced to young Nell and this "magic book" of hers I actually held hope for the novel. Sadly this hope was quickly dashed by the

My experience of Stephenson has been that he wields the biological and cultural background of his characters as some kind of blunt instrument, relying on stereotype to fill in the detail and inform character arcs.

Even without the cringing sense of racial essentialism underlying his writing, I've never felt so strongly a sense of logic gone astray as when I've read Stephenson's books. This one is no exception.

Characters, on the few occasions they exist beyond pure stereotype, make completely irrational decisions at the whims of the plot. This might have been forgivable, except that the plot itself fails to provide any real sense of causal linkage between events, which are instead chained together without much logical reasoning. Particularly galling were the repeated wild narrative leaps into literal underwater orgy caves, where complex computations are performed in a manner that makes The Matrix's plot of using humans as power supply seem sane by comparison. Or the entire ending, in which the main character's imaginary gains from the book are suddenly made manifestly real, including her gaining a literal army formed from the hundreds of thousands of other girls who were, apparently, content to be mice instead of princesses in their own magic books, which was actually a magic MMO game. ( )
  MCBacon | Aug 2, 2021 |
I loved this cyberpunk-victorian crossover; an amazing feat of worldbuilding. I'd love to read Seveneves in the future.
  booms | Jan 24, 2021 |
I was captivated by the beginning of this book, feeling protective of little Nell ... but as I read on, I felt more and more deja vu, until near the end I realized I had read it before. I continued, wanting to find out (again) what happens. But my feeling of bewildered disappointed at the end also gave me deja vu. The whole thing seemed rather choppy and disjointed and never came together the way I hoped it would. ( )
  LisaMabley | Jan 3, 2021 |
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