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Cryptonomicon por Neal Stephenson
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Cryptonomicon (original 1999; edição 2002)

por Neal Stephenson

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An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age.
Membro:KeefP
Título:Cryptonomicon
Autores:Neal Stephenson
Informação:Avon, Mass Market Paperback, 1139 pages
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Avaliação:*****
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Cryptonomicon por Neal Stephenson (1999)

Adicionado recentemente porKovolKenai, Joy_Bush, ejmw, tha-bz, dopple42, biblioteca privada, levan.matthew, JosephKingman, NinjaElf
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I wanted to like this but its just so overwritten. I found my self glossing over pages of material that were just not interesting or useful to the main plot. Something interesting would be happening for a few pages only to be interrupted with strange tangents on greek gods and cereal. These added nothing to the story other than to needlessly pad the page lengths. This could have been a 5/5 book if the plot was tightened up slightly and the pages less filled with useless detail. Additionally, novels that alternate chapters between two sets of characters I often find disjointing if the chapters are not long enough. These chapters were in fact, too short, so the whole novel felt oddly stapled together. It was fine, and some of it was downright good. But I can't give it more than 3/5 just because so much of the novel annoyed me. I think I'm done reading Neal Stephenson for a long time. ( )
  bhiggs | Jul 18, 2021 |
This was a long book, and mostly I didn't mind that. What it is, also, is an expansive book, one that covers a great deal of time and real estate in the process. Again, I mostly didn't mind, but there were times when I wished the author would make some choices here and there about what absolutely needs to be in the novel and what clever tangent might be better off left for another book, or perhaps his papers when they are inevitably donated to some school out west.

That said, this was an excellent read. The characters had depth (and how could they not with half a million words to get to know them through), the story was engaging and the conceit endlessly fascinating. I like creative historical fiction, and while I'm not sure the author would consider what he's written to be so, there's really no other way to describe it. At the start of the book, I don't think it comes across as funny-- but it is, very much so. At times, and this is a fault, I think it can't decide if it wants to be satire. It shouldn't want to be and isn't, but the absurdity of some of the characters and their predicaments raises the question.

Still, when all is said and done the end comes together quite nicely. It was a long haul, and well worth it. Pays off nice at the end. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
Just re-read this and still my favorite Stephenson book. I like the combination of history and technology along with compelling story lines. ( )
  hvector | Jul 10, 2021 |
1/2 of a really neat, compelling, and cool WWII novel involving the early evolution of cryptography and the application to a large, world-spanning war and a terrible California Dot-Com novel about pretentious California Dot-Commers. I highly recommend the half of the book that involves the actors in WWII (especially anything with Bobby Shaftoe) but the "modern day" half of the book is completely skippable. Perhaps skipping the dull parts would reduce this 1130 page monstrosity of a novel from nearly unreadable to very readable.

Anyway, 3 stars to average it out: 5 stars for the WWII story and 1 star for the awful 1998 story makes it firmly average. ( )
  multiplexer | Jun 20, 2021 |
Another Neal Stephenson story following 2 story lines: one following code breakers in World War II, another a group of dot com entrepreneurs. Featuring fictionalized versions of names from the time including Alan Turing made it easier to identify with the characters. The first half of this very long book was tough to get through, with most of the payoff towards the end. The detailed descriptions of cryptography and theories about a digital currency were the most interesting part. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
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You'd think such a web of narratives would be hard to follow. Certainly, it's difficult to summarize. But Stephenson, whose science-fiction novels Snow Crash (1992) and The Diamond Age (1995) have been critical and commercial successes despite difficult plotting, has made a quantum jump here as a writer. In addition to his bravura style and interesting authorial choices (Stephenson tells each of his narratives in the present tense, regardless of when they occur chronologically), the book is so tightly plotted that you never lose the thread.

But Stephenson is not an author who's content just to tell good stories. Throughout the book, he takes on the task of explaining the relatively abstruse technical disciplines surrounding cryptology, almost always in ways that a reasonably intelligent educated adult can understand. As I read the book I marked in the margins where Stephenson found opportunities to explain the number theory that underlies modern cryptography; "traffic analysis" (deriving military intelligence from where and when messages are sent and received, without actually decoding them); steganography (hiding secret messages within other, non-secret communications); the electronics of computer monitors (and the security problems created by those monitors); the advantages to Unix-like operating systems compared to Windows or the Mac OS; the theory of monetary systems; and the strategies behind high-tech business litigation. Stephenson assumes that his readers are capable of learning the complex underpinnings of modern technological life.
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Pannofino, GianniTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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"There is a remarkably close parallel between the problems of the physicist and those of the cryptographer. The system on which a message is enciphered corresponds to the laws of the universe, the intercepted messages to the evidence available, the keys for a day or a message to important constants which have to be determined. The correspondence is very close, but the subject matter of cryptography is very easily dealt with by discrete machinery, physics not so easily." —Alan Turing
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