Cryptonomicon was a snoozefest. He had a story, he just sorta sauntered it along. Snowcrash & The Diamond Age are my two favorites of his.Read Secret Life Of Addie LaRue by VE Schwalb. Very highly recommended if you have exactly the same taste in books as I do lol.
Now reading The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. Not sure how I missed this one; but I believe it was the book he wrote after Snowcrash (unrelated). Stephenson is up and down for me. I really liked Snowcrash, was bored to tears with Cryptonomicon, enjoyed Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. So far Diamond Age is shaping up to be in the "enjoy" category.
I enjoyed the first Interworld.I'm about to start Interworld, a story that crosses multiple different universes. It's a Young Adult novel, which would normally make me a bit leery, but in this case I think I need not worry: it was written by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves, two authors whose solo works I've really enjoyed.
Great series!Finished Shadows of the Self, by...that guy. Mistborn. I didn't realize that it was #2 in a sequal trilogy to the original trilogy, so while it was fairly engaging, there were clearly Important Characters that did nothing, and lots of unanswered questions/backstory. Also, I remember the magic system but not the religion, so I gotta reread Mistborn now. Or soon. When I find it.
The first one is better value, includes second linked novella as well as other great stuff.Great series!
Alloy of Law is the first in that second series (called Mistborn Era 2 by us fans). Like the first book of the original trilogy, it stands up on its own, while working to allow a series to develop after, so a lot of the new characters are introduced in Alloy of Law. The religion in Era 2 though is wholly new, and you won't find it in Mistborn. Not that I would discourage you from rereading it! It's wonderful, and I need to read it again too.