Comments: John's Reading Report - June 2007

I keep looking at the Sagan book and putting it back. How was it?

The Stephenson volume is one I never got through. It wasn't until Cryptonomicon and later The Baroque Cycle that he really hooked me. I should go back and try again, but there are so many other books on Mount Toberead.

Posted by Nameless Blog Poster at July 4, 2007 07:52 AM

Sagan was the same as most of his work: accessible, readable, and entertaining. Some of the context of the material was dated, based upon the time it was first delivered (a series of lectures from the mid-1980s, when the Cold War still loomed). He does not throw punches at religious belief like Dawkins, but rather seems open-minded and curious. Essentially, his thesis might read: "why would someone want to believe old folk tales constrained by old superstitions when the universe as we currently understand and perceive it is so much greater and more awe-inspiring than old tribal religions?"

I am not sure about the Stephenson yet. It's not as immediately engaging to me as Cryptonomicon or Snow Crash were. I slogged my way through the Baroque trilogy, so I know I can finish this one. It's supposedly set in the same universe as Snow Crash, but I'm just not getting into it that quickly.

Posted by JohnL at July 5, 2007 08:56 AM