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The Diamond Age

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Cult author Neal Stephenson's unstoppable sci-fi classic

The future is small. The future is nano . . .
And who could be smaller or more insignificant than poor Little Nell - an orphan girl alone and adrift in a world of Confucian Law, Neo-Victorian values and warring nano-technology?
Well, not quite alone. Because Nell has a friend, of sorts. A guide, a teacher, an armed and unarmed combat instructor, a book and a computer: the Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is all these and much much more. It is illicit, magical, dangerous.
And it isn't Nell's. It was stolen. And now some very powerful people want to get their hands on this highly desirable object. Nell is about to discover that the world can feel very small indeed . . .

Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic 'The Baroque Cycle' (Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of the World) as well as the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age (winner of a Hugo Award), Snow Crash, Zodiac, Anathem and Reamde. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

From Publishers Weekly

29 January 1996 – Cyber-fiction from Stephenson, in which an engineer living in a neo-Victorian future is commissioned to write a subversive primer for girls.

Customer Reviews

Poor Proofreading Spoils This Fantastic Book

This review WOULD have 5 stars if only the editors/submitters of this book had actually bothered to proofread it.

This is possibly my favourite book, having read it a number of times. It is well written, has a fantastic plot and I'd recommend it to anyone.

The proofreading of this digital edition is pretty dire though and has spoiled slightly an otherwise fantastic book. The text of this book appears to have been scanned from a hardcopy and not proofread. There is at least one typo on every page and in some places as many as ten.

As I said I'd thoroughly recommend this book. Just not this edition until the typos are fixed. Apple and the publishers. You need to do better.

Typos galore

As other reviewers have noted, this book has not been proof read and there are errors on every page. This is completely unacceptable. Snow crash suffers from the same problem.

The lack of care shown for this fantastic authors work is very disappointing.

Desperately needs proofreading

The novel is one of my very favourites but this edition is practically unreadable from typos and formatting errors.

THE LAST PAGE IS MISSING it has been digitised so poorly...

Get it sorted out, please - paying customers don't deserve this half-measured rubbish.

The Diamond Age
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: 27 August 1998
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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