Reamde (Paperback)

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October 2011
Neal Stephenson has once again proven his breathtaking skill and mastery with a diverse range of characters and subjects. He brings together online gaming, the Russian mafia, hackers, terrorists, fantasy authors, and one resourceful former smuggler in a razor-sharp thriller. Reamde is a book for anyone who enjoys an intelligent and plausible adventure. If we truly live in a global society, then it's Neal Stephenson who not only knows how to draw the map of this new world, but can take us anywhere on that map with speed, grace, and agility. -- Karen Tallant, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN

Description


From the extraordinary Neal Stephenson comes an epic adventure that spans entire worlds, both real and virtual.

The black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, former draft dodger and successful marijuana smuggler Richard Forthrast amassed a small fortune over the years—and then increased it a thousandfold when he created T'Rain. A massive, multibillion-dollar, multiplayer online role-playing game, T'Rain now has millions of obsessed fans from the U.S. to China. But a small group of ingenious Asian hackers has just unleashed Reamde—a virus that encrypts all of a player's electronic files and holds them for ransom—which has unwittingly triggered a war that's creating chaos not only in the virtual universe but in the real one as well. Its repercussions will be felt all around the globe—setting in motion a devastating series of events involving Russian mobsters, computer geeks, secret agents, and Islamic terrorists—with Forthrast standing at ground zero and his loved ones caught in the crossfire.

About the Author


Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Praise for Reamde…


“Stephenson’s REAMDE: perfectly executed, mammoth, ambitious technothriller...a triumph, all 980 pages of it.”
-Cory Doctorow, boingboing.com

“Noir futurist Stephenson returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller...Who’ll prevail? We don’t know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson’s knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of statisfying mayhem.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on REAMDE

“Stephenson...delivers a sprawling thriller that shows him in complete control of his story.”
-Publishers Weekly on REAMDE

“In less masterful hands, this pile-up of implausible coincidences, madcap romance, technological mayhem and nail-biting suspense might have been a train wreck, but Stephenson pulls it off. REAMDE has one of the most satisfyingly over-the-top endings of anything I’ve read in years. ”
-Washington Post Book World

“Nobody else writes like Stephenson”
-Press Association (England) on REAMDE

“Neal Stephenson has guts, a killer story, and—for the first time since Cryptonomicon—a thriller I can thoroughly recommend to any reader....With REAMDE we have a very smart page-turner—a global chess game expertly played.”
-Mental_Floss on REAMDE

“REAMDE is...one big, carefully choreographed, jet-set square-dance of mayhem.”
-Bloomberg News

“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the < only one.”
-Lev Grossman, Time magazine

“There’s an intellectual pill buried deep in Mr. Stephenson’s narrative candy, one powerful enough that he deserves to be classified as a major national and international resource.”
-Wall Street Journal on REAMDE

“[Stephenson] makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin.”
-International Herald Tribune on REAMDE

Reamde is an entertainment, an enormous, giddily complex one. There’s no telling what Stephenson might be planning for his next novel, but now’s the time to dive into a first-rate intellectual thriller without fear of being overwhelmed by its virtuosity.”
-San Francisco Chronicle on REAMDE

“Expertly crafted and often gorgeously written.”
-Boston Globe on REAMDE

“Even at a thousand pages, Reamde is sprightly enough to jump between 9 or 10 plot threads without getting tangled up in itself.…[A]n addicitve reading experience. You don’t so much read the book as tear whole hundred-page chunk out of it with your eyes.”
-Stranger magazine on REAMDE

“It’s hard to sum up a 1,000 page tome in a short review, so if you don’t feel like reading this rather long one, I’ll boil it down to three words: I loved it.”
-Tor.com on REAMDE

“After a decade of novels set in 18th century Europe and in alternate universes, Neal Stephenson triumphantly returns as a bestselling author to contemporary America.”
-www.fantasyliterature.com

“Stephenson, best-known for his genre-hopping novels, tackles tech-terrorism in Reamde.”
-OakPark.Patch.com

“A story that, despite its gargantuan heft, speeds along like a bullet train....The depth of the story, the attention to detail, the interlocking narratives and fine characterizations mark REAMDE as an immersive literary experience.”
-Pittsburgh Tribune on REAMDE

“REAMDE combines meticulous observation of the stranger socioeconomic effects wrought by technology with rousing fusillades of adventure.”
-The Guardian on REAMDE

“Stephenson somehow makes his crazy setup entirely plausible and tons of fun.”
-Knoxville News-Sentinel on REAMDE

“[REAMDE] is, without a doubt, one of the smartest, fastest-moving, and most consistently enjoyable novels of the year, a book with the rare distinction of being one this reviewer wishes he had written.”
-Irish Examiner on REAMDE

“[A] rip-roaring race through computer hacking and guns, China and North America, virtual reality and terrorism. ”
-Sunday Times (London) on REAMDE

Product Details ISBN-10: 0062191497
ISBN-13: 9780062191496
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 05/01/2012
Pages: 1056
Language: English


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