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I finally got around to reading this book - I started on my flight out to Vegas, read it while I was there, and finished it on the flight home.

It rocked. I really loved it. Not many books make me laugh out loud and this one got me several times, a couple of times I about laughed myself sick. I think one of the reasons I liked it so much is that Randy, the main character, is close to my idealized image of myself. Rather like the Undocumented Features: Future Imperfect version of me. So I ended up seeing Randy that way, and Avi as portrayed by the UF:FI version of z_gryphon and the character interaction was just perfect.

I am: satisfied satisfied
Current Media: quiet office

seigyoku From: seigyoku Date: January 14th, 2004 05:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
But how the HELL did Root make it?

I admit, I read this one in a rush, I had a Hugo dealine over me as usual, but not that much faster than I typically read, and the hows just totally eluded me.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 14th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
He was shot and lost a lot of blood - but that's it. The doctor and him conspired to fake his death - which is why he *had* to be married *before* the doc worked on him. Then he was the mystery man under the blanket leaving the doctor's place.
voidrandom From: voidrandom Date: January 14th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

On the other hand...

OTOH, there is Root's cigar box. Just how much Shaftoe was hallucinating is an interesting question.
blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: January 14th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: On the other hand...

As well as the fact that Enoch Root (with a description that is almost exactly the same) seems to be wandering around in early 1700's Boston in Quicksilver...
miguelitof From: miguelitof Date: January 15th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Loved Cryptonomicon, though it could've used a bit more attention by Stephenson's editor. I reckon 50 pages could've been shaved off without adversely effecting the book. Quicksilver also has this problem, but in an even more pronounced way. Quicksilver could lose 150 pages and be a much better book because of it.

I figure that Root from Quicksilver is simply an ancestor of Root from Cryptonomicon. It's not a problem that they look the same; remember how much Marty McFly and Seamus McFly look alike in Back to the Future III?