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Comments for Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon: 12/01/04

I'm currently reading Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. It's a very long and complex book at more than 800 pages and about a half dozen main characters. The narrative jumps between characters and times in history. My favorite characters so far are the Waterhouses, especially Waterhouse Sr — the engineer cum math geek. His train of thought and conversations with the other math geeks are howling funny to any one who knows (or is married to) a math geek.

My least favorite part of the book is the following of Bobby Shaftoe. His in the trenches view of WWII (sort of an alternate history version) is distracting and frankly sometimes boring. It's also confusing at times how Stephenson uses Nippon and Japan. I don't know if this will be explained as an alternate ending to the war or if he's just being pedantic.

Sniff Sniff:

It's official. Ian and I have Sean's cold. Sean's still snuffling around too. The three of us had a fitful night's sleep. Ian and Sean were both up at 1:00 AM for a combination of stuffy noses and the cold air from it being 0 degrees F outside (-17 Celsius). I had taken NyQuil and slept through most of the night until the cat came and wedged herself between Ian and me.


Sean is clearly learning from his music lessons. Today on the drive in he was singing a medley of Jingle Bells, Old McDonald and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. While he doesn't get most of the lyrics right the tunes are there.

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