Book Review: The Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

The Cryptonomicon has the added bonus of its author living in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (where I work) for a while. Beyond that The Cryptonomicon is a long book that covers two separate tales that eventually tie together. The jumping back and forth, especially at the beginning, can get quite tedious if you haven’t figured out that they are indeed two different stories and how they’re going to intertwine.

I don’t really have a whole lot else to say about the book. If you know what cryptography is and can churn through some of the more laborious sections of the book, you’ll walk away with a good concept and an entertaining plot in general. Essentially, if you’d like a book with cryptography as the main plot device, read The Cryptonomicon.

I’d give it 3/5 stars.

My 12 Favorite Books I Read Recently

Getting better as it goes, here’s a list of 12 books that I read recently and highly recommend.

12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

11. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

10. The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: A Novel

9. Apathy and Other Small Victories

8. Gravity: Big-City Super Hero

7. Little Brother

6. A Game of Thrones

5. Powerless

4. The Time Traveler’s Wife

3. The Thirteenth Tale

2. The Name of the Wind

1. The Shadow of the Wind

There are some great books in that list especially as you get towards the bottom. They’ve shaped my thoughts and stretched my mind. Lots of emotion and expansive worlds came from the pages of those books. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.