17 February 2005

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

Fiction. Paperback from Penguin. Published in 1996. On loan from the Datchet Library.

John checked this one out of the library but was gracious enough to let me read it first! (Thanks, John!) I have read Stephenson's Snow Crash a couple of times, once in print and once by listening via Audible, so I was interested to read another of his books. As with Snow Crash some of the technology went right over my head, but I enjoyed the book all the same. It's definitely Science Fiction!

Publisher's summary:
Poor little Nell – orphan girl alone and adrift in a future world of Confucian law and neo-Victorian values, nano-machines and walk-in body alteration. Well, not quite alone. Because Nell has a friend, of sorts. A guide, a teacher, an armed and unarmed combat instructor, a book and a computer and a matter compiler: the Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer is all these and much much more. Illicit, magical and dangerous, for a start. And highly desirable to a number of powerful people …

To buy from amazon.co.uk, click here: The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer
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