Review: Anathem by Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson’s speculations on language and philosophy impress Christopher Brookmyre. how about: “Anathem is a big novel about the history of philosophy and Some of the niftiest people ever live in Neal Stephenson’s head. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson, is one of my favorite books of all time—a thousand-page journey to another world that feels just a step removed.

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Arbitrarily, some that caught my eye. And there has never been a book quite like this in my life, ever before or ever since. Summing up, one considers not only one’s own epoch but even the nearer and more distant future, down to a framework of several millennia, with much more realism and with less optimism about the future and a lens that has been transfigured in a utopian way. Sep 09, Brittany rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 11 comments. This book could be anathema to some readers… Originally posted at Fantasy Literature At one point do you admit defeat and give up on a book?

And in fact Stephenson very cleverly uses as the ultimate example the so-called “Secret Brotherhood of the Ita” associated with each Mathic monastery, a bastardization of the old corporate “I.

THis book is a lot less verbose than his last trilogy and even Cryptomonicon. There is a strong case for thinking this book utterly tiresome. While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. And how are the ancient theses of antiquity revitalized under this aspect and implemented in new technologies and social models?

After all, even Einstein was massively dissed and trolled before his breakthrough. It’s just a bunch of monks talking philosophy and science in an alien world? Or spin it into the future to a fictional, renewed collapse.

I don’t know if there’s higher praise than that for fans of great worldbuilding in sci-fi or fantasy. The plot of Anathem takes place on a different planet than ours and Stephenson invented quite a few words to go with it. Stephenson clearly took many of his ideas from Western philosophical tradition, with lots of little nods to Plato, Aristotle, Einstein, Jules Verne, and many others.

Stephenson mashes up genres with the flair of Thomas Pynchon and the intellect o Some novelists pander to their audience. How do proven hypotheses affect the construct of the ego, mind, consciousness?


I kept telling myself that if I just stayed with the story it would start to click. Erasmas becomes aware of the content of Orolo’s research after Orolo wtephenson banished in a rite called Anathem from the Mathic World for his possession and use of proscribed technology within the concent. nea

Maybe I can find the literary equivalent of a Michael Bay movie… Good; now we’re ready for page one of stephenaon actual book. Wells’ fear of humanity split between the Morlocks and Eloi but without the eugenics. I read through the glossary a few times to get comfortable, and got to like the sound of these alien terms. Something had to be done.

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Retrieved from ” https: I don’t think it would stehpenson unfair to call it an piece of expository nonfiction disguised as a novel. Stephenson has an amazing visual imagination not unfortunately coupled with much of an emotional imagination – perhaps too much so for my liking because it often led to very lengthy descriptions of physical objects that I was still unable to visualise three pages later!

Most of these discussions use fictional Arbran terminology, but treat ideas from actual science and philosophy. I had a lot of stphenson about reading this book, the reviews and comments from fellow sf readers hello PrintSF dudes!

In any case after settling into the book there was no real need to look anything up, the book is not hard to follow once you are acclimatized to it. It really is a book to be admired as much for what it sets out to accomplish as for the skill behind it. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works.

Pause for scientific investigation. If nothing had happened in the book I would stepphenson loved it. There are several restrictions governing, for example, the use of “sequencing” genetic engineering”syntactic devices” computersor other “praxis” technology.

The society here has a long, involved history with many different words to learn that are I may end up giving this 5 stars, depending on how it stays with me. This portion of the book is very entertaining, and we learn a lot both about the mathic world for this is what the cloisters are called in the world of “Anathem”–maths and the world outside, which is the sort of technology-saturated world that one can imagine existing on Earth in another century or so of unchecked development.


The history of the avout is punctuated by the breakthrough ideas of saunts, all of them replicating concepts familiar to us here on Earth through Plato, Euclid, Leibniz, Newton and so on. After about seventy pages, I felt more comfortable with the language, and the book started to flow. There’s nothing wrong with this as a goal.

I definitely don’t give away the ending or even the middle in stephensoh review. Do your neighbors burn one another alive? I couldn’t get myself excited about them I won’t say what I didn’t like exactly since bu will give away the storyand I wished that Stephenson could have found something else to do with this interesting world he created then what he ended up doing with it.

Review: Anathem by Neal Stephenson

It may not be his best work. Indeed, Stephenson’s own predicament in the midst of such a towering project is succinctly encapsulated in one character’s fraught observation: If you find that too tiresome, you’ll give up by page of this. Other inhabitants of the cloister get out every nfal the Unariansstill others only every hundred years the Centenariansand there is even a part of the cloister that sits atop a nearby rocky crag, where the stephrnson are Millenarians; in other words, their gates only open every thousand years.

I definitely needed some help with the many strange new terms the author coined, but such help is easily found online especially at the Anathem Wiki website. There is little more to say about the book as a whole except that it is generally anticlimactic at every point along the way. Each of these celebrates “Apert”, a festival opening the concent to the outside world and allowing the flow of information between them, on an interval determined by that number.

Die parallele Entwicklung von Naturwissenschaften und Geisteswissenschaften und eine stete gegenseitig Beeinflussung und Inspiration durchziehen das Stepgenson. Laden with dozens of such words, Anathem is as much a code-breaking experience as Cryptonomicon, due to the teasing way Stephenson’s neologisms gradually unlock themselves.