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Icon 1 posted May 01, 2004 23:58      Profile for Flashfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
While I haven't read The DaVinci Code, I have been reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, which is kind of about the same thing, I guess -- signal vs. noise, codes, and crypto. I find it just this side of completely mind-blowing: books like that make me really wish I was better at math.

I haven't yet read any of the Baroque Cycle, mainly because I like his sci-fi, so I'm kind of leery about a different genre...although Cryptonomicon isn't really sci-fi, and I like it, so maybe I'll give 'em a chance later. Once they come out in paperback, and a poor geek like me can afford them... [Smile]

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Cryptonomicon was really good! Try Quicksilver next, it's really good too!
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I've got a copy of Quicksilver from the library; haven't started it yet. It's next.

I don't think this one's likely to be published in paperback any time soon. It's physically enormous.

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quote:
Originally posted by greycat:
I don't think this one's likely to be published in paperback any time soon. It's physically enormous.

So was Cryptonomicon, which is why it took me so long to get around to reading it -- I admit, I was intimidated by the size. [Big Grin]

However, I did find the slightly more portable, 10 lb. trade paperback version, so I'm hoping Quicksilver will be published like that soon. I can wait -- I've got a few other things on my reading list I need to get around to, and summer is not the best time to read intellectually challenging stories. For me, at least.

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