The Diamond Age

Stephenson, Neal

Book - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Diamond Age
Random House, Inc.
In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, inThe Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls in the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life—and the entire future of humanity—is about to be decoded and reprogrammed…

Baker & Taylor
Set in 21st century Shanghai, this novel of the cyber-future follows Nell, a street urchin, after she stumbles on a very powerful interactive device that has the power to decode and reprogram her entire life. Reprint.

& Taylor

The story of an engineer who creates a device to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself reveals what happens when a young girl of the poor underclass obtains the device.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2000], 2008
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. reissue
ISBN: 0553380966
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI S
Characteristics: 499 p. ; 21 cm.


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Sep 14, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Think nanotechnology and 3D printing will, like the replicators of the Star Trek universe, lead to an egalitarian utopia? Think again. Stephenson's view of human nature is that there will always be haves and have-nots, and that sheer abundance of freely-available resources would simply change the face of that problem, not alter the essential unfairness. But when young Nell lucks across a treasure that nobody of her social stratum would ordinarily have access to, she proves that the human mind is a difficult thing to completely repress.

Aug 14, 2013
  • seaeffess rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A gorgeous (and hauntingly prescient) conjecture about near-future society. If you find the first few pages to be a bit language-thick, or cynically postured to the point of unengaging, do yourself a favor and wait out "Bud" (who, to be quite frank, annoys the narrator) and let the stories do their job. TDA manages to virtuous without being moralizing, which I find odd but good. Lovely language. The book does its job.

Jul 30, 2013
  • asurfergirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stephenson wrote this when??? When talking teachers and speak and spell were the most awesome kids toys, a lot has changed since the eighties. It's not Reamde, or Snow Crash, or Zodiac, or even the Big U, but it's a fun ride, and engaging.

Jun 28, 2012
  • mmedrano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love this book. Thinking i'm going to read it again soon..

Jul 22, 2011
  • hindins rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm almost half way and loving this. Listening to it as an audio-book. We have lots of laugh out loud moments in it.

Jun 22, 2011
  • Adzebill rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not a huge fan of Stephenson's later bloated books, but this is a fast-paced and inventive work on nanotechnology and China.

Dec 05, 2009
  • erigami rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fantastic novel. The ideas in here are a blast, the setting is a joy to discover, the writing is great, and the characters are a lot of fun.

I think this book is at Stephenson's sweet spot: early enough in his career that his writing was still entertaining, but not so late that editors were afraid to cut him down to size.

Oct 23, 2008
  • goglover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable if you are a Shakespeare buff. Pretty good even if you are not.


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Aug 14, 2013
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