Neal Stephenson – Cryptonomicon (Audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Cryptonomicon zooms all over the world, careening conspiratorially back and forth between two time periods–World War II and the present. Our 1940s heroes are the brilliant mathematician Lawrence Waterhouse, crypt analyst extraordinaire, and gung-ho, morphine-addicted marine Bobby Shaftoe. They’re part of Detachment 2702, an Allied group trying to break Axis communication codes while simultaneously preventing the enemy from figuring out that their codes have been broken. Their job boils down to layer upon layer of deception. Dr. Alan Turing is also a member of 2702, and he explains the unit’s strange workings to Waterhouse. “When we want to sink a convoy, we send out an observation plane first… Of course, to observe is not its real duty–we already know exactly where the convoy is. Its real duty is to be observed… Then, when we come round and sink them, the Germans will not find it suspicious.”

All of this secrecy resonates in the present-day story line, in which the grandchildren of the WWII heroes–inimitable programming geek Randy Waterhouse and the lovely and powerful Amy Shaftoe–team up to help create an offshore data haven in Southeast Asia and maybe uncover some gold once destined for Nazi coffers. To top off the paranoiac tone of the book, the mysterious Enoch Root, key member of Detachment 2702 and the Societas Eruditorum, pops up with an unbreakable encryption scheme left over from WWII to befuddle the 1990s protagonists with conspiratorial ties.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www.

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.5/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Apjomīgs ‘’ķieģelis’’, kuru izdošanas laikā, šķiet, vēl varētu pieskaitīt pie sci-fi žanram, bet tagad tam iemesli atrodami mazāk. Uzsāku Cryptonomicon ar zināmām bažām, kuras diemžēl daļēji piepildījās, jo pirmā Neal Stephenson grāmata Snow Crash, kuru noklausījos, neizraisīja īpašu sajūsmu.

Par Otrā pasaules kara laika/stāsta līniju nevarētu sūdzēties, notikumi nav atspoguļoti tikai no vienas, teiksim uzvarētāju, puses. Ir no angļu, vācu, japāņu. Kā jau grāmatas nosaukums varētu likt domāt, tad no kara procesa lielāks uzsvars likts uz kodu un šifru nozīmi. Smags darbs tiek pielietots vienlīdz savu kodu radīšanai, kā pretinieku koda uzlaušanai. Lielākais mīnuss, ka vairākas reizes pāris minūšu intervāli tika veltīti pavisam abstraktai un no darbībām attālinātam domu gājienam, ka domās jānobļaujas ‘’kāds sakars?!’’. Par piemēru, dažu minūšu garas pārdomas par vislabāko brokastu pārslu (Captain Crunch) formu, lai tās par ātru nesasūktos ar pienu un būtu kraukšķīgas…

Otra stāsta līnija norisinās 90.gados ar vienu otru kopīgu tēlu, kas nedaudz jauca prātu, kur dominē kara laikā zudušā zelta meklēšana. Domājams, tad šeit arī parādās pie sci-fi pieskaitāmas lietas kā kriptovalūta un digitālās pasaules datu paradīzes radīšana no valdību ietekmēm. Uzrodas negaidīti šķēršļi un atriebes kāri ļaudis, tā kā nekas nekā viegli.

Personīgi neesmu pārsteigts, ka grāmata izkritusi no Sci-Fi Lists Top 200.

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A massive tome which when it was published maybe could be accounted as a sci-fi novel but now it does have less reasons to do so. Starting Cryptonomicon I had few concerns that got partly confirmed because the first book by Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash) that I listened wasn’t a big favourite.

The time/story line during the Second World War was decent and there wasn’t that much to complain about. The events aren’t described from just one side for example the victors – you have English, Germans, Japans. As the book’s title might make you think the accent during the war in this book is on cryptography and on the importance of codes. The hard work in either creating your own cipher or breaking the enemy’s. But the biggest minuses were the few times when for few minutes were allocated to an abstract thought flow when I was left scratching my head and thinking ‘’really?!’’. For example for few minutes I had to listen about the best form of Captain Crunch cereals so they wouldn’t get soaked too fast with milk and would stay longer crunchy…

The second story line was in the 90ties, with some shared characters which was a bit confusing, where a search for lost war gold was the dominating thing. Supposedly the things that could be attributed to the sci-fi could be things like a crypto currency and digital world’s safe haven from world governments. Unexpected obstacles and revengeful characters arises so nothing comes easy.

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