This was enjoyable. The world-building was good. You can feel the tension building for the next chapters in this story. Very space opera; being a space opera fan, I don't care.
Computer nerd here. My reading focuses around post-evengelical Christianity, politics, and science fiction.
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My biggest frustration with Stephenson books of late (#Seveneves, #FallOrDodgeInHell) is that IMO they went way off the rails in the third act. This was a fun read, my first venture into #clifi. This gave me a lot to think about, and I felt it ended well.
The dates are a total guess; (side note: an annoyance I have on BookWyrm right now is that in order to list a book as read, you have to give exact read dates, which I don't track, especially for a book I read roughly 25 years ago). I enjoyed this a great deal; back at that time the techno-libertarian themes of the book appealed to me, 'Hiro Protagonist' was a cute joke, and there was useful social commentary. It was a fun way to explore things that have now come to be.
To be clear, I have not read all of the essays in this book, a collection of his blog posts from the first ten years of his blog, but unless the essays left were posted by some pathetic alien poseur who captured Scalzi's brain and keyboard, the quality and insight of these are nigh impossible to decrease enough to lower the rating of the book.