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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ouch, my head hurts!
In essence this book is predictive historical fiction. In exploring the 20th century history of cryptography, Stephenson weaves a tale of how the modern computerized world has found itself on the brink of a global economy.
There are two plots here. The children of the World War II cryptography plot are involved in the modern cyber-business plot. Stephensen ties...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von B. Griffin

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Shallow, poorly imagined and for over 900 pages, thin soup.
This over-hyped genre piece will no doubt appeal to net heads and cyberrats, who have no knowledge of literature and it's antecedents, save Tom Clancy and his ilk, and could care less. Comparisons to Gravity's Rainbow may make good copy, but the idea is laughable and absurd. Pynchon is a serious artist and novelist. Stephenson is a word-drunk, abeit clever,...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ouch, my head hurts!, 29. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Taschenbuch)
In essence this book is predictive historical fiction. In exploring the 20th century history of cryptography, Stephenson weaves a tale of how the modern computerized world has found itself on the brink of a global economy.
There are two plots here. The children of the World War II cryptography plot are involved in the modern cyber-business plot. Stephensen ties the two plots together very well. Secrets revealed in the World War II plot become plot elements in the modern day plot.
The modern day plot involves the establishment of a data haven. Since the book was published, data havens seem to be emerging in reality.
The characters are quirky and interesting. They are not all techno-geeks. Indeed one of the most interesting is a hoo-rah marine.
One word of caution. This book belongs, in part, to the 20th century magical realism school. There are mystical plot elements and a magically wise character that spans the plots. Perhaps a better phrase, considering the technological focus, would be mechanical realism. (If you did not like the "drummer" part of The Diamond Age, you will be bothered by these elements.)
In all, I heartilly recommend this book for the strength of its writing and for the freehand manner in which ideas are splashed acros the pages.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mr. Stephenson's Best Work to Date, 29. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book grabbed my attention from almost the first page. Even though it's huge I read it in just under a week. The amazing story weaves through different times while still connecting within itself. I got a lot to think about from reading this book and it's full impact has probably not set in yet. Highly recommended, especially if you like his earlier work. (Snow Crash, for example.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Chock full o' everything, 25. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Taschenbuch)
The point of most books is the plot. The plot is a sequence of events that carries you from A to B, where A is the opening of the story and B is the conclusion. The only elaboration may be in the inclusion of a prologue and/or and epilogue. Most books are, to use a convinient metaphore, a book like a one way ocean voyage where you start at one beach and end up at another.
This book is not like that. Oh, sure, there IS a beginning and there IS an end, and there is a plot that takes you between them. But the fun of the book *isn't* in the plot. It's in all the wild and unexpected detours that you in strange and interesting directions.
To return to our metaphor, if most books are an ocean cruise, this book is a surf board: you do end up at the beach, but it isn't a straight and sedate path; sometimes you'll be heading straight for shore, sometimes you'll be swingly wildly to the left or right, and sometimes you'll be under the water without any clear sense of where you are or what direction you're facing.
It's like that.
Is it a book for everyone? No. In fact, the author has a FAQ that does a good job of answering the question of whether or not you would enjoy the novel at [...]
In short, if you don't like long novels, novels with lots of exposition, novels that deal with technical materials, novels with sex, violence, and obscenity, etc, then you probably should give this one a miss.
If, on the other hand, you want to take an interesting journey with lots and lots of (apparently) random detours into a whole variety of sub-topics, then I think that this might be a book that you would enjoy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stephenson's the Best, This is His Best, 25. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Taschenbuch)
Racing from one millenium to the next you want something that flies along with you. Stephenson delivers again. The setting is mostly World War II, but the feeling is as contemporary as the morning paper, and Stephenson's writing is always the greatest living experience. Second is Brauner's Love Songs, also the fast, contemporary, well-written thing I really love. Highest recommendation for both novels.
Let me put it this way: if you liked Snow Crash, you'll love Cryptonomicon. If you haven't read it, you should. If you have read it and didn't like it, you're nuts. But Cryptonomicon is even better.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Shallow, poorly imagined and for over 900 pages, thin soup., 12. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This over-hyped genre piece will no doubt appeal to net heads and cyberrats, who have no knowledge of literature and it's antecedents, save Tom Clancy and his ilk, and could care less. Comparisons to Gravity's Rainbow may make good copy, but the idea is laughable and absurd. Pynchon is a serious artist and novelist. Stephenson is a word-drunk, abeit clever, pretender. True art should teach, not simply flaunt itself on the back of the latest "hot-button" techno-craze. Unfortunately, a serious waste of time and space. Relentlessly unoriginal.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolut lesenswert nicht nur für Sci-Fi Fans, 8. April 2001
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Taschenbuch)
Im bekannten Stil schreibt Neal Stephenson über die ersten Gehversuche der modernen Kryptografie im 2. Weltkrieg, und überrascht den Leser immerwieder mit seinem Einfallsreichtum. Von vielen wird er bereits als Arthur C. Clarke des 21. Jahrhunderts bezeichnet. Am besten liest man Stephenson im Original. Stephenson's Buch nimmt einen von Anfang an Gefangen, und macht, meist indirekt, auf die drohenden Gefahren der zukünftigen Gesellschaft aufmerksam; ein rundum lesenswertes Buch, für jeden, der wissen will, wer gesendete e-mails und Handy-Anrufe noch empfangen kann, ausser der, für den sie bestimmt sind....
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing for Stephenson, 19. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Taschenbuch)
I had lukewarm expectations for this book and wasn't let down. Unlike his earlier books, which I think will remain timeless, imaginative, inspiring, and thoughtful (the Mouse Army in Diamond Age is one of the most inspiring and meaningful concepts I've read and made me believe again that computers may do something good and revolutionary for this world), this one reeks of second hand knowledge, macho robotic characters, and cliches. The writing is also not great, reading more or less like some casual email (too many paragraphs starting with "Anyways," among other things.)
Stephenson was trying too hard and some of his examples sound clever but are very one dimensional in that especially irritating geeky way; the self-righteous geek arguments in this book (IE the "information highway" vs TCP/IP [a transport protocol that is irrelevant when considering the effects of the net]) contrast poorly with Stephenson's earlier wide vision views and is along the lines of pointless techno name-dropping. And while I'm hardly an expert on history or cryptography, some of the information presented in the book is wrong (Turing did not invent the Bombes) or even laughable (excuse me, I have to boot up BeOS now so I can view some JPEGS.. yeah right).
If you glorify geeks and don't have that much technical knowledge then perhaps you will really enjoy this book but otherwise I think it is simply a sign that Stephenson is no longer a inspired writer and must now move on to the "career" stage where he is compelled by publishers to write the equivilant of current events mini series/travelogues full of content dictated by his fans. Not the end of the world because I'm sure he still has lots to say but I hope he finds a way to move in a different direction or at least drops the geek romanticism because he can be truly an inspiring writer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Praise for the highly unusual, 8. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Cryptonomicon is an unusual hybrid of historical fiction, spy story, hacker lore and cryptography text book. With much of Europe, North America and the South China Seas as it's backdrop, this sprawling work deals with the codebreaking efforts of both the allies and enemy in the 1940's, and the repurcussions of such actions in the present day.
Fully two thirds of the book takes place immediately prior to or during the Second War, and it can sometimes be difficult to determine which parts of this are actually fiction and not history. Obviously, many of the characters will be familiar to everybody, but there were a few who I initially took to be fictional who turned out to be real.
There are many different characters in this book, and as there are really two stories being told there is a high danger of this novel becoming confusing. Somehow Stephenson has avoided this and in fact the large cast actually makes the nine hundred pages of this work justified. His characterizations are so deep that his narrative style has to change chapter by chapter to fit the person. Many times when reading a novel of this size, it can become tempting to skip over the less exciting characters. Thankfully, that is not the case here, Stephenson has the knack of leaving a character at the appropriate time and returning to them at just the right moment. All the characters are essential to the plot and none of them are boring.
The book move along at a fair pace with only a few stumbling blocks. Most of the sticking points are in the explanations of cryptography for the layperson. But, to his credit, Stephenson has done a great job of making the subject matter accessible and also impressing on the reader it's military importance. The author also helps the reader to visualize concepts and constructs by a use of diagrams that I have never seen in fictional work before, which is surprising given how effective it is.
Finding the correct genre for this book is difficult and it's premise may be off-putting to some, however this is a great book for anyone to read. Stephenson is an extremely talented and witty writer and he gets better with each book. Some of his prose makes me down right jealous. This is one of those books that you can almost open at any page and have a good time reading.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen ...the answer is 'Yes!', 24. Februar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Gebundene Ausgabe)
An excellent read, Cryptonomicon swings rhythmically between between two WWII characters and two in the present whose narratives cross tangentially: mathematical ubergenius Lawrence Waterhouse, cynical roughneck Bobby Shaftoe and their grandchildren Randy and America. This engaging structure echoes the parallel between the archaic codebreaking universe of Enigma machines and vacuum tubes and modern cryptography and network security. Note that the book's pace also swings, from adrenaline-pumping to deliberate and expository; it's not uniformly a page-turner. The depth of historical detail adds greatly, but the lengthy Cap'n Crunch diatribe and an equation for Lawrence's libido are superfluous. I also wish the only prominent woman, Amy Shaftoe, was more developed than being a mere prop in Randy's story. Overall, the entwined plots make this a rapid read for its length, worthy of its acclaim (anointed the quintessential cypherpunk epic of 99/00, though as much by the Luddite press and its own publishers as the crypto-hacker community).
Separately, while I don't blame Stephenson, Avon's editing was notably shoddy; the book contains typos and errors of continuity and grammar. A 4096-bit crypto key morphs into a 4069-bit key. A 'T' in a partially decrypted message becomes the third 'R' in "Attack Pearl Harbor December Seven." Randy powers his laptop with "a twelve-bolt adapter." What are evil publishing conglomerates for, if not to catch these things? Nonetheless, if you have any question about whether to pick up this book...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Das Beste und das Schlechteste vereint, 18. November 2001
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cryptonomicon (Taschenbuch)
...in diesem jüngsten Werk des genialen Autors.
Das Buch empfehle ich gleich 2-3mal zu lesen, bevor man sich ein entgültiges Urteil erlauben mag. So halte ich die Hälfte, die während des Zweiten Weltkrieges spielt, für äusserst gelungen. Der Teil, der in der Gegenwart spielt, für zäh und langatmig. Stephenson kann eine magische Sucht auslösen (Turnpager, at it's best); skurille, liebenswürdige Charaktere, wie der Mathematiker Waterhouse, oder der Soldat Bobby Shaftoe, bleiben für immer im Gedächtnis haften. So gehört auch die mathematische Erklärung eines Mathematikers in körperlichen Nöten, in jede Akademiker, bzw. Studentenbibliothek.
Andererseits, darf man sich fragen, warum dem Autor die Verknüpfung von Themen, wie Kryptologie, New Economy und Schatzsuche nicht ganz so gelingen wollte.
Alles in allem aber ein lesenwerter Roman - stellenweise genial, manchmal albern. Für Ungeduldige empfehle ich, nur den 2.Weltkriegplot zu lesen. Und ansonsten: Snow Crash und Diamond Age - heute noch Referenzwerke der modernen Science Fiction.
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