so when i opened up neal stephenson’s anathem and started reading, it felt like my mind had hit a wall of jello. the book is described as “hard science fiction.” and i know that probably isn’t intended to describe the effort required to read it, but wow, what a change!
the descriptions of the architecture are dense, and stephenson created a whole new language for the book, so many of the words are unrecognizable, requiring the reader to guess at their meaning from the context.
i haven’t let that stop me, and i continue to progress through the book’s 980 pages. although, i read in a review that the true plot isn’t revealed until 200 pages in, so i think i am still in the set up….very curious to see what it is all leading up to!