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Stephenson's Fall

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-08-20

I have read every one of Stephenson's books, and am a huge fan to the point of annoying friends and families by referencing him on a wide variety of topics. I love his great sense of humor, deep intelligence, research, and insight into people, politics, and science. However, I am very disappointed in this book. I enjoyed it at first, as he was exploring a fascinating topic from a fresh perspective. However, it bogged down in the middle, and I found myself picking up the book and dropping it a few times over the summer. When I did finally finish it, I was left with the impression of a disjointed story that bogged down with an unsuccessful attempt to rewrite both ancient Greek and Norse myths and Genesis, and came off a bit self-important in the effort. His lightness and sense of humor that comes across in other stories, no matter how serious the topic, seems to have mostly left him in "Fall".

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