“REAMDE” is the newest book by Neal Stephenson. It’s not quite science fiction. It is a techno-thriller with Russian mafia, terrorist and massively parallel online game called T’Rain (seems to be loosely modeled on Warcraft). The two main characters of the story are middle age man, named Richard, who is the founder of the company that created the game T’Rain and his younger niece, Zula.
Unlike “Anathem” this book is full of nearly constant action, as the narrative jumps between the “adventures” of various characters, leading to the final battle between the good guys and the bad.
Although the book is pretty long (about 1000 pages) I enjoyed reading it, as the story kept moving forward. At times it the story got little over the top (like a James Bond movie). Still Stephenson managed to squeeze in some interesting ideas about how massive, multi-player games can be used for things other than just gaming.
For a more thorough review check out New York Times.