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Anathem (2008)

av Neal Stephenson

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MedlemmarRecensionerPopularitetGenomsnittligt betygDiskussioner / Omnämnanden
7,002253931 (4.18)1 / 391
Raz, a mathematician, is among a cohort of secluded scientists and philosophers who are called upon to save the world from impending catastrophe.
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    A Canticle for Leibowitz av Walter M. Miller Jr. (Jesse_wiedinmyer, vnovak, szarka)
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    Rosens namn av Umberto Eco (the_awesome_opossum)
    the_awesome_opossum: The plot and writing are really similar: a dense and complex mystery/thriller set in a monastery. The Name of the Rose is historical fiction, not sci fi, but if you enjoyed the complicated and weighty plot, Name of the Rose would also be good… (mer)
  3. 140
    Snow Crash av Neal Stephenson (Wova4)
  4. 140
    Cryptonomicon av Neal Stephenson (BriarE)
  5. 80
    Glaspärlespelet av Hermann Hesse (bertilak)
  6. 70
    Foucaults pendel av Umberto Eco (freddlerabbit)
    freddlerabbit: See the Name of the Rose recommendation above - I find Foucault's even more analogous here because Name of the Rose is a bit more plot-driven than the other two, where Foucault's and Anathem both have as much as 40% pure theory-disguised-as-dialogue.… (mer)
  7. 50
    The Clock of the Long Now av Stewart Brand (bertilak)
  8. 72
    Embassytown av China Miéville (bertilak, g33kgrrl)
    bertilak: Miéville has written a philosophical science fiction novel that rocks and is not bloated: Stephenson please take note.
  9. 40
    Excession av Iain M. Banks (elenchus)
    elenchus: Banks also introduces the "out of context" problem central to Anathem, but in a wildly different plot, and universe. Banks is less ontology and more space opera, but I found both books very entertaining, and both Stephenson and Banks sensitive to political questions raised by their respective plots.… (mer)
  10. 30
    Stjärnmörker av Isaac Asimov (Jesse_wiedinmyer)
  11. 30
    Seveneves av Neal Stephenson (Mind_Booster_Noori)
  12. 20
    The Sparrow av Mary Doria Russell (quartzite)
    quartzite: Both books deal with key groups of people preparing to meet alien cultures with a bit of theology and philosophy thrown in.
  13. 53
    Sofies värld av Jostein Gaarder (SiSarah)
  14. 65
    The City & The City av China Miéville (chmod007)
    chmod007: Both novels depict coexisting-but-dissociated societies — drastically foreign to the world we live in — but help us reflect on it.
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    The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. av Neal Stephenson (Mind_Booster_Noori)
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    The Just City av Jo Walton (Cecrow)
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    Underhållning till döds av Neil Postman (themulhern)
    themulhern: Stephenson himself remarked that Anathem was a book about how people don't read books anymore. Moreover, there is a delightfully satirical sequence in which the characters are discusses serious things over food at a rest stop, and the narrator is repeatedly distracted by images on the speelies that are incoherent yet commanding. Later, the protagonist realizes that one of these images was relevant, and there is another bit of satire.… (mer)
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    Evolution's Shore av Ian McDonald (themulhern)
    themulhern: Another book in which the aliens appear with unknown motivations. Here, though, the context is a very contemporary Earth, and so the speculation is much more about the here and now. It spawned a series of which I have not read the rest.
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    Relativity, space time and geometrodynamics av John Archibald Wheeler (bertilak)
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    Parallel Worlds : A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos av Michio Kaku (bertilak)

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Brilliant, inventive: a slow burner with a few unexpected turns (at least for me they were) that is perfect for those that love to enter a strange world that is rooted in a clear history and adheres to the laws of physics to boot. Loved it. ( )
1 rösta mulderg | Sep 29, 2020 |
I like to read about Meta Xeno Bio Quantum Platonic Epistemology. ( )
  Raykoda3 | Sep 25, 2020 |
This immersive novel is set on an alien planet in a parallel world. The protagonists are avout, an order of monks that take their strict disciplines from a scientific background rather than a religious one. They are devoted to deep philosophical thought, scientific study of math, physics, astronomy, architecture and time. They have sworn to leave behind the outside world where religion and technology flourish and instead attempt to keep their thinking untainted from those perspectives.

The protagonists are all young avout of a particular order who find their typically very regimented world turned upside down when an alien spaceship is detected in orbit around their world. Then certain learned and respected members of the order begin to be called out into the outside world. It's not clear exactly why they are being expelled, but it seems to be linked to this alien visitor.

Eventually, the protagonists themselves are sent out and they decide to search for one of their teachers who went out first. It soon becomes clear that each of them was called out by the outside political powers because their special skills are needed to understand these alien visitors. The entire world is in crisis and the greatest minds can no longer be permitted to exile themselves.

Not only are these visitors aliens, but they are inter-planer travelers hailing from a set of parallel universes. And now there is a war brewing that threatens to irradiated all life an all planes. It's up to this unlikely group of monks to defend a world they barely know and communicated with a set of worlds they have only imagined.

Okay, this book is a big time drag. I've read the glowing reviews on Amazon and I frankly do not understand them. I found all the characters interchangeable to the point that I gave up trying to separate them. The book is mostly extremely detailed philosophical arguments carried on for hours between characters with almost no dimension or development.

In between these interminable convos are quick bursts of plot that you will literally miss if you're too tuned out by the dialogue. But really, the plot itself is so simple and short that it would maybe fill 200 pages. The rest of this monstrous tome is arguments upon arguments.

Another barrier to the reader is the silly slang terms the author insists upon using. They are not believable as slang. They sound dumb and they necessitate the use of a glossary throughout the reading. I've read books where the invention of slang added depth and authenticity to the narrative. The slang in this book adds nothing and really blows up the tone by just being stupid. It wrecked the world-building. Sorry. It should have been cut. ( )
  Juva | Sep 7, 2020 |
Stephenson, Neal. Anathem. Morrow, 2008.
Neal Stephenson is one of those long-form space opera authors like Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton who seem incapable of telling a story in 400 hundred pages. Stephenson insists on building his worlds in meticulous detail, to the point in Anathem (900 + pages) that he almost creates a new language and is content to let us listen to his luddite monks ramble on about everything from agriculture to quantum physics. He makes it all so interesting that after a bit we don’t really care where the plot is going, or even if there is one. In Anathem, the story is held together by the character of Erasmus, the first-person narrator. He is a member of a philosophic order that allows its members out into the secular world only for a yearly festival. The secular world is in the early space age, but the monastery operates a preindustrial economy that is careful about allowing new technology into their lives. Yet their theoretical physics and astronomy are very advanced. As the story begins, life in the monastery is disrupted when something new appears in polar orbit. Erasmus becomes the unlikely leader of a band aiming to solve the mystery. Is the solution enough to justify the long narrative ride on which Stephenson takes us? Almost. It seems a weird thing to say after 900 pages, but the ending seems a bit rushed. Four stars. ( )
  Tom-e | Sep 5, 2020 |
I wish half stars were possible-this is definitely 4.5. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
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Seen through the eyes of a young ascetic named Erasmas, the universe of “Anathem” and its properties are revealed methodically over hundreds of pages, and at first, there is much joy to be found in watching this plausible other reality assemble itself and in observing how it parallels our own.

Too much of the book is dominated by lengthy dialectical debates, whose conclusions are hardly earth-shattering (if you are reading this review, I suspect you already know how to divide a rectangular cake into eight equal servings) and which do little to promote a reader’s engagement with the characters of ­“Anathem,” any more than one cares about the interior lives of Pausanias or Eryximachus while reading “The Symposium.” What’s worse, the book’s fixation on dialogue leads Erasmas (and Stephenson) to simply tell us what is happening or has happened in pivotal scenes, instead of allowing us to see the events for ourselves through descriptive action.
tillagd av SimoneA | ändraNew York Times, Dave Itzkoff (Oct 17, 2008)
 
The only catch to reading a novel as imposingly magnificent as this is that for the next few months, everything else seems small and obvious by comparison.
 
Stephenson's world-building skills, honed by the exacting work he did on his recent Baroque Cycle trilogy, are at their best here. Anathem is that rarest of things: A stately novel of ideas packed with cool tech, terrific fight scenes, aliens, and even a little ESP.
tillagd av PhoenixTerran | ändraio9, Annalee Newitz (Sep 4, 2008)
 

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