Paul Jungwirth on 8 Jun 2012 11:14:53 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] I need a book recommendation

Slightly OT, but these crazy detailed sections remind me a lot of Moby
Dick. The digressions there drive people crazy, but when I accept them
as interesting for their own sake, I find them kind of fun.


On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM, Jay Dobies <> wrote:
>>> I'm one of the few geeks who just doesn't get Stephenson. I want to try
>>> Snow
>>> Crash again but I hated Cryptonomicon. It felt like 100 pages of story
>>> stretched out into 800 pages of fluff.
>> That's definitely a position I can respect. I think it's something to
>> do with his OCD-esque prose at points. He focuses on details that
>> might seem trivial (Proper Methodology For Eating Cap'n Crunch comes
>> to mind) but that appeal to a certain strain in some folks. I read
>> those sections and think "Well played, good sir." while others think
>> "What a waste...!"
> Ha, the Captain Crunch example is the first one I think of with that book.
> On the 4th or so page describing how to properly eat Captain Crunch I sat
> back and wondered why the hell I was spending my time reading it Â:)
> The funny part is that I found all of the deep math stuff in the book
> fascinating. He went on for pages about how gear size on a bike influences
> whether or not it will break the bike chain. Most people would find that
> mind-numbing but I was really into it (that's what I expected out of that
> book).
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