For all its grand ideas Anathem is probably the “boringest” book I have read in my entire life; even Virginia Woolf’s stuff feels like a thrill-packed jet coaster ride compared to this stuff. I probably would’ve had more fun reading a dry list of ideas that Neal Stephenson planned to put in the novel, than its plot.
|Lots of cool hard sci-fi concepts, and ideas||Dull, positively lethargic plot that makes the novel just painful to read|
|Full of cool philosophical ideas, both old and new||Dull, bland characters|
|You almost have to learn another language to decipher the book|