We’re back from Japan, and I still have a ton to write about that, but in the meantime… Has anyone read or started to read Anathem by Neal Stephenson? Is it worth it? I’m about 20 or 30 pages in and it’s miserable. I’m really struggling to continue. The made up language is just too much. I’ve seen a lot of people comparing it to Middle Earth, but I never felt like I needed a dictionary to read Lord of the Rings, and when I did come across a word I couldn’t figure out from context I was already intrigued enough to continue till it was clarified. This book, though, is boring as shit and I don’t give a fuck if I ever learn what a “mathic” is. 

What about you? 

2 thoughts on “Anathem”

  1. I powered through a couple of his books. They were alright but I always felt like I had to take notes when I read them. I have since decided it wasn’t worthwhile.

  2. I’m in pretty much the same boat. I’ve put it on the shelf for now because it was really damn boring. It’s a shame since Cryptonomicon and Snow crash were great. The Quicksilver et al books were OK, but they took forever to get going.

    Anathem… may need to be donated to the library.

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