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The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer - Neal Stephenson This is the second book I read by Neal Stephenson after Snow Crash, and is, at least in my opinion, just as idea-packed and as awesome as the previous book.
It is an amazing mix of cyberpunk, high fantasy (the Primer), coming-of-age, nanotechnology (though I don't know whether or not the tech shown in it is against the laws of thermodynamics), philosophical problems of AI, the collapse of nation states, 19c Chinese nationalism (the Fist) and Dickens (neo-Victorians, probably Nell's name), and, especially towards the end, when international politics are left aside for Nell's rescue of Miranda, a book trying to say that no matter how much the world may change, ultimately it is love and compassion that make us human. Still, as a Chinese I do find its depiction of Chinese culture a bit orientalist.