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Old 07-07-2010, 06:01 PM   #13
Penforhire
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Opinions vary. I put off reading the Baroque Cycle for years. I didn't like his ancestral-character chain idea in Cryptonomicon (otherwise a great book). However, I was completely sucked in by the Baroque Cycle. The adventures of half-cocked Jack are my favorite whimsical sub-stories and I can still vividly recall all of them, like the run-in with the Hexen leading to rising out of the phosphorescent pool. Still makes me chuckle.

But The Diamond Age is indeed densely layered. I'm thinking I got the same vibe from some of William Gibson's work like Pattern Recognition.
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