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  1.  (2708.1)
    Well, talk about what pops up when you stop paying attention.

    I struggled with the Baroque books, but that wont stop me from placing a very early pre-order.

    Quick research implies far future this time, which is not meaningful in and of itself apart from the fact I suspect it will be in the same setting again (Enoch Root included) based on old interviews, but I think I will wait for more trustworthy information than a wiki.

    Though what little I have seen makes me think of this.
  2.  (2708.2)
    The question is will we be seeing a desendant of the shaftoe family in this one?
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008 edited
    I think he'll have bored of his Root/Shaftoe/Waterstone story by now. The question is, what genre will he be pastiching this time? He's done the campus story, eco-thriller, political thriller, cyberpunk, steampunk, cryptopunk and baroque so I'm guessing Anathem will be full blown space opera.
  3.  (2708.4)
    looking forward to it regardless, gonna read snow crash now as i've realised i've not read it in a while
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    Guys, I already have a promo of this. For whatever ridiculous reason I have not yet started to read it (even though Stephenson is my favorite author of all time), but it'll happen soon and when it does I will let you all know whether it's in the "Cryptonomicon" continuum. I can tell you right now that it's far-future, yes. And I also was thinking after "Cryptonomicon" and the Baroque Cycle that a far-future component of the story would be next. But whether this is it or not, I don't yet know.

    The fact that this thread exists makes me more excited to read this now. I'll get back to you soon, I'm sure.
    • CommentAuthorpops
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    Do you guys really want specific questions answered about the book? I've read it and think it's a great book! It might be a lot more fun for you to read without knowing anything more in advance....
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    Great, now I have to get back to the Baroque Cycle and finish up System of the World.
    It's unfortunate that he's able to write this stuff faster than I'm able to read it - good thing it's summer.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    I blew through The System of the World as fast as they came out. If he even brings half his A-game to Anathem (so is that like a C+ ?) I'll be terribly excited about that.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    When "System Of The World" came out, I sat down and read all three volumes of the Baroque Cycle, back to back (I had already read the first two once each). It took me about a month.

    Based on the thickness of this one, I'm expecting it to take around two weeks all by itself.
  4.  (2708.10)
    I've read it and think it's a great book!

    No more info needed, that's plenty, thanks. Just so long as it's not the Baroque Cycle, which I was so bored with after 100 pages that I never touched it again, I'm happy with the world. Anyone who can do Cryptonomicron has my full attention even after a failed trilogy.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    Dude, what? I fucking loved the Baroque Cycle.
  5.  (2708.12)
    @buzzorhowl -- It was a very polarizing book. And the two poles seemed to be "I love this!" and "What the fuck is this?"

    I fall into the "What the fuck is this?" category, personally. I made it about 1,000 pages in, and gave up out of boredom and frustration. So I'm both eager and anxious about the next Stephenson book.
  6.  (2708.13)
    Yeah, the Baroque Cycle is pretty much love it or hate it. I gave it a chance, I really did, but the thought of pushing farther past what I'd read so far put my brain nto a defensive coma.
    • CommentAuthorVulpes
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    Ineed to go back and try the Baroque books again... it took me 3 times of picking up and getting 100 paged into Crypto be for I was in just the right mood for it. that said Im looking forward to the new one here.
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
    According to this, there was a chance to ask him about it yourself, though I'm not sure when the video will be up.
    This at least has a very brief description for those interested.
    I love the Baroque Cycle. You have to push through the first book, then the Confusion gut punches you and it flies by. Tons of crazy action, much faster pacing and some of the most memorable scenes I've ever read. The third one you're fully hooked already.