I loved Neal Stephenson’s book Snow Crash, but I hated Cryptonomicon. So, to me, Stephenson was 1-1 when I started Reamde.

I should now say that Stephenson now stands at 2-1. I loved this book.

William Gibson started a trend with his book Pattern Recognition in which a book can be technically savvy, almost cyberpunk, yet still inhabit a world not far removed from the one we live in.

Reamde gives up Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong for the real thing as a group of Russian mobsters fall to the mercy of an unknown Chinese hacker who propagated a virus, dubbed reamde, a misspelling of “readme” a common file name that is often included in every computer program in some way, shape, or form, that serves to explain the features of the program.

Once you try to read this one, you’re screwed. Your computer encrypts itself and you’re instructed to use a non-infected computer to go to a massively multi-player online game and drop a certain amount of in-game currency to a person and get the code to fix your computer.

It just so happens that one player happens to be a bit of a crook and sells information to the Russian mob and manages to lose all the information as he has fallen victim to the virus and can’t get to the data.

This book is a world spanning tour de force. It clocks in at over a thousand pages, though to read it you wouldn’t know. It rocks plain and simple.


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