The Diamond Age

The Diamond Age

Paperback - 2008
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The story of an interactive book, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer, written by John Hackworth, a nano engineer. It helps a girl become a princess and educates an army of girls who eventually save his life. The setting is a world where molecular machines create any object desired and where nations have been replaced by cultural enclaves, in this case the neo-Victorians of coastal China. Part-science fiction, part-political thriller.
Published: New York, NY :, Spectra, Bantam Books,, 2008.
Edition: Bantam Spectra trade paperback reissue.
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780553380965
Branch Call Number: F STE
Characteristics: 499 pages ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Young lady's illustrated primer


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May 20, 2017

Excellent future dystopian sci-fi. Very humorous at times while tenaciously upholding some very noble ideology spanning class, economics, human development and much more! The book itself is a Primer on reprogramming society from the child up.

Feb 06, 2016

I enjoyed this the entire time. The world created within The Diamond Age is fascinating and believable. As with Snow Crash, I did have the feeling Stephenson was a little unsure how to wrap everything up, but the ending was satisfying enough that I wasn't disappointed. Basically, I just wanted MORE! That's a good sign. A definite thumbs up from me--but read Snow Crash first, as the two books share some connections.

Sep 14, 2013

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

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

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

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

Jul 22, 2011

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

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

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.

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