Loving this so far! Although there are always those moments where I wonder how much distance Stephenson has from his creepy male characters... Still, so fun!UPDATE: For me, this fell apart towards the middle/end, becoming boringly actiony and improbable, but not in a fun way. Maybe because I loved THE DIAMOND AGE so much my standard for Stephenson is really high, but I just kept thinking he could do better. Don't get me wrong: I love a sprawling doorstop with intricate detail about a particular world or job, but I am bored by the violence-as-conflict school of storytelling. I also couldn't get a handle on the politics of this book: libertarian? nice-guy crypto anti-feminist? "telling it like it is"? Ultimate verdict: I found REAMDE gripping while I was reading it but forgettable a few days later. Sad. Hey Neal Stephenson, write something as good as THE DIAMOND AGE again!