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on August 26, 1999
I like everything Stephenson has written -- until now. This book needed the hand of a strong editor. The story was conceptually engaging, but I was disappointed by the cluttered writing, distracting tangents, and (in too many cases) absurd and stilted dialog. Even more distracting, however, was the sheer volume of typographic errors. The book was clearly spell-checked by a computer, but... if eye had two reed won moor page wit miss spelled oar wrong lee used words, I thought I was going to scream! I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but this was truly ridiculous!
Either someone is getting too big for his britches and refused the help of an editor or someone else was clearly in too much of a hurry to get this book onto the market.
Save your money and wait for the paperback -- maybe Avon Books will have hired a good old-fashioned proof reader by then (if not an honest editor).
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