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Further Recommendations

After finishing a great book, sometimes it's hard to know where to turn next. Let us help. Each of our "further recommendations" pages provides knowledgeable suggestions, hand-picked by our staff, to satisfy your hunger for more great reading.


Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson


The Code BookThe Code Book: the Evolution of Secrecy From Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
Cryptonomicon and Singh's The Code Book were made for each other. Stephenson slogged through a great deal of historical and technical research about coding and encryption in order to write his novel; Singh actually wrote a history of coding. Where Cryptonomicon is a novel so packed with technical detail it at times reads like a textbook (though an extraordinarily entertaining textbook, of course), The Code Book is a work of nonfiction that often reads like a novel. It is also true that the most interesting parts of each book have to do with that most dramatic era in the history of coding, WWII.

NeuromancerNeuromancer by William Gibson
Neal Stephenson's writing has been described as "postcyberpunk" science fiction. In other words, he would be nowhere without the king of cyberpunk himself, Mr. William Gibson, whose trail breaking eighties novels threw open the doors to a new type of wildly imaginative, techno-savvy, Bogart-takes-acid-and-jumps-into-the-future fiction. All Stephenson had to do was walk on through. Well, maybe there was more to it than that, but it's safe to say that Stephenson and Gibson were made from the same piece of intricately designed, petroleum-based cloth.


Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson
It may seem a bit obvious to direct fans of Cryptonomicon to Stephenson's other books, but if you've found yourself wanting more after reading Stephenson's most recent book, you should head directly for his breakthrough novel and just keep on reading. Snow Crash can only be described as pivotal in the world of science fiction. When it was first published in 1992 no one had read anything like it. The name Neal Stephenson quickly became a household word for nerds everywhere. In fact, Stephenson's work can be described as celebrating – glorifying even – the virtues of the "geek." His complicated plots require a math-friendly mind to follow, and the technological information is intricate and abundant. All this and a make-that-cappucino-a-double-because-I-was-up-all-night-reading story to boot.

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
If Neal Stephenson is the novelist of choice for geeks, then anything by Douglas R. Hofstadter, one of our greatest theorists about computers, complexity, and creativity, is an appropriate tie-in. And no better place to start than his best-selling masterpiece, Gödel, Escher, Bach. Told in a series of imagined conversations and allegories, this Pulitzer Prize-winning work discusses the behavior of systems with self-referential (recursive) elements. Much more interesting than it sounds, this book is a good philosophical introduction to what later became known as chaos/complexity science. Recommended by Doug B


The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson


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