I just finished Anathem.Â It was a marathon read.Â I read it across my Kindle (easy on the eyes) and the softback (hard for me; getting old!) and theÂ audio book (awesome.Â Â Well-read and well-produced).
I hated it at the beginning.Â Slow, ponderous.Â But once I got into it, the world is so deep and so exact it was a pleasure to be inside.Â I felt like I lived on the planet Arbre.
I had to work for it.Â There is a lot of stuff in there you have to actually think about it.Â At least I had to- key concepts were presented in conversation between characters that would have been native to my college philosophy classes, but which don’t happen in daily life.
But my, the sense-of-wonder.Â This is what I read science fiction for – the absolute awe of world-spanning ideas, especially when they come all mixed up with philosophy and physics.Â I wish I had time to re-read it.Â Like, right away.
I probably will re-read it someday.Â I felt sorry when it ended, although I found the end quite satisfying.