History Literature / Cryptonomicon

28th Jan '16 9:44:58 AM HighCrate
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Magnum Opus has been declared In Universe Examples Only per TRS.
Published in 1999 and widely considered to be Creator/NealStephenson's MagnumOpus, ''Cryptonomicon'' is a 1000+ page SciFi/Historical novel following three independent yet interrelated story arcs, two of which are set during the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar and the third during the first years of the twenty-first century. Although it treats with some pretty deep, philosophical themes, the novel itself never comes off as dry or preachy, largely due to Stephenson's [[LemonyNarrator unique style of narration]]. Equal parts profound and profane, ''Cryptonomicon'' tells the story of multiple generations within the Waterhouse and Shaftoe families, as well as their attempts to unravel the secrets of a vast conspiracy affecting history and society.
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Published in 1999 and widely considered to be Creator/NealStephenson's MagnumOpus, 1999, ''Cryptonomicon'' is a 1000+ page SciFi/Historical novel following three independent yet interrelated story arcs, two of which are set during the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar and the third during the first years of the twenty-first century. Although it treats with some pretty deep, philosophical themes, the novel itself never comes off as dry or preachy, largely due to Stephenson's [[LemonyNarrator unique style of narration]]. Equal parts profound and profane, ''Cryptonomicon'' tells the story of multiple generations within the Waterhouse and Shaftoe families, as well as their attempts to unravel the secrets of a vast conspiracy affecting history and society.
4th Jan '16 6:54:44 PM 102372
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* CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. The interview by Lieutenant Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander--Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo in the ladies' room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.
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* CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. The interview Being interviewed by Lieutenant Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander--Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo in the ladies' room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.

* DinnerAndAShow: Randy is first introduced at a fancy restaurant, being pushed over the edge by his girlfriend's friends into picking an academic fistfight.
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* DinnerAndAShow: Randy is first introduced at a fancy restaurant, restaurant being pushed over the edge by his girlfriend's friends into picking an academic fistfight.

* FriendlyEnemy: Waterhouse is overjoyed to learn that his opposite number amongst the Axis nations is none other than his old college buddy, Rudolph von Hacklheber. He works with Turing, and Turing was "Rudy"'s boyfriend at the time. * FromBadToWorse: Goto Dengo's whole ordeal, from when Americans attack until he meets up with his fellow Nipponese again. I mean, first the bombs, then the flaming oil everywhere, then the whole nearly dying of thirst and exhaustion thing, then the ''sharks'', then the ''other'' sharks, then the sharp coral, then the poisonous snake, then the ''cannibals'', then an Australian patrol, [[spoiler:then a death sentence for surrendering to the enemy]]...and then, it gets ''even worse''.
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* FriendlyEnemy: Waterhouse is overjoyed to learn that his opposite number amongst for the Axis nations is none other than his old college buddy, buddy Rudolph von Hacklheber. He Waterhouse works with Turing, and Turing was "Rudy"'s Rudy's boyfriend at the time. * FromBadToWorse: Goto Dengo's whole ordeal, from when Americans attack until he meets up with his fellow Nipponese again. I mean, first the bombs, then the flaming oil everywhere, then the whole nearly dying of thirst and exhaustion nearly-dying-of-thirst-and-exhaustion thing, then the ''sharks'', then the ''other'' sharks, then the sharp coral, then the poisonous snake, then the ''cannibals'', then an Australian patrol, [[spoiler:then a death sentence for surrendering to the enemy]]...and then, then it gets ''even worse''.worse''. * FunctionalAddict: Bobby Shaftoe is addicted to morphine for part of the book. He's still plenty good at his job.

* WickedCultured: At one point we meet Herman Goring, who is a terrible person...but he's got some great taste in art.
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* WickedCultured: At one point we meet Herman Goring, who is a terrible person...but he's got some has great taste in art.
4th Jan '16 6:45:18 PM 102372
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lawrence Waterhouse is absolutely brilliant, but he's not really all there, interpreting events (like [[spoiler:Pearl Harbor]], ''while in the middle off it'') rather... differently. -->Clearly, Mr. Drkh has had a long career of being the weirdest person in any given room, but he's about to go down in flames. * CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. The interview by Lieutenant Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander- Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo in the ladies' room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.
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* ChekhovsGunman: We first meet Goto Dengo very close to the start of the book--he's Bobby Shaftoe's friend. He taught Bobby about haiku, sushi, and "chop-socky" (some form of Japanese martial art); Bobby taught him how to throw a baseball farther than about three feet. As Shaftoe's boat is leaving the port in China, Goto Dengo throws an inactive grenade in thanks and as a joke, and that's the last we see of him for over 400 pages. He eventually turns out to be the person who designed and built Golgotha. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lawrence Waterhouse is absolutely brilliant, but he's not really all there, interpreting events (like [[spoiler:Pearl Harbor]], ''while in the middle off it'') rather... differently. -->Clearly, Mr. Drkh has had a long career of being the weirdest person in any given room, but he's about to go down in flames. flames. * CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. The interview by Lieutenant Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander- Shaftoe commander--Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo in the ladies' room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.

* UsefulNotes/TheGestapo: They only show up once: Rudy is less than impressed.
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* UsefulNotes/TheGestapo: They only show up once: once. Rudy is less than impressed.

* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Lawrence's mom died from what the book suggests was polio. It was at least the kind of disease that puts one in an iron lung or leaves the infected with a permanent limp.
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* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Lawrence's mom died from what the book suggests implies was polio. It was at least the kind of disease that puts one in an iron lung or leaves the infected with a permanent limp.

* MythologyGag[=/=]ContinuityNod: In Rudy and Alan's dialogue about Leibniz, Rudy refers to an attempt by Leibniz to catalog everything that exists, and Alan exasperatedly comments that since no one but Rudy seems to have heard of this attempt, it can be assumed that he failed. This attempt was a sizable chunk of the plot of ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', thus being a rare continuity nod ''forward'' in time (in the real world). Alternatively, it's foreshadowing of something that's already happened in a book that hadn't been written yet.
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* MythologyGag[=/=]ContinuityNod: In Rudy and Alan's dialogue about Leibniz, Rudy refers to an attempt by Leibniz to catalog everything that exists, and Alan exasperatedly comments that since no one but Rudy seems to have heard of this attempt, it can be assumed that he failed. This attempt was a sizable chunk of the plot of ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', thus being a rare continuity nod ''forward'' in time (in the real world). Alternatively, it's foreshadowing of something that's already happened in a book that hadn't been written yet.

* OceanMadness: Goto, having learned to swim in flooded mineshafts and caves, and an Okinawan who grew up by the sea manage to swim from open sea to New Guinea after their troop transport is sunk. Their fellow survivor from Tokyo, however, loses it.
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* OceanMadness: Goto, having learned to swim in flooded mineshafts and caves, and an Okinawan Okinawan, who grew up by the sea sea, manage to swim from open sea to New Guinea after their troop transport is sunk. Their fellow survivor from Tokyo, however, loses it.

* ShaggyDogStory: Tom Howard's rambling story about discovering his own and his wife's sexual fetishes rambles on for most of a chapter. It's only relevance to the story is to illustrate what Van Eck Phreaking is and how it works, which are critical to the plot later. The story's actual content is never referenced again. * SheCleansUpNicely: Discussed and zigzagged. Randy is awed by ActionGirl Amy Shaftoe's changed appearance at a ballroom dance, but he admits that unlike in the movies, she's not as well-dressed or as good a dancer as the ballroom regulars.
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* ShaggyDogStory: Tom Howard's rambling story about discovering his own and his wife's sexual fetishes rambles on for most of a chapter. It's Its only relevance to the story is to illustrate what Van Eck Phreaking phreaking is and how it works, which are critical to the plot later. The story's actual content is never referenced again. * SheCleansUpNicely: Discussed and zigzagged. Randy is awed by ActionGirl Amy Shaftoe's changed appearance at a ballroom dance, but he admits that that, unlike in the movies, she's not as well-dressed or as good a dancer as the ballroom regulars.

* ShownTheirWork: If there's a commercial literature work that does features ''real'' cryptography, down to and including a working Perl script for a cipher commissioned from a real cryptography guru, as well as including entire lectures on information theory, it's definitely ''Cryptonomicon.''
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* ShownTheirWork: If there's a commercial literature work that does features ''real'' cryptography, down to and including a working Perl script for a cipher commissioned from a real cryptography guru, as well as including entire lectures on information theory, it's definitely ''Cryptonomicon.''''Cryptonomicon''.

* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Enoch Root is unceremoniously shot to death in Sweden mid-book and given a funeral, but sudden reappears talking to Goto Dengo in Manila towards the climax and, ''sixty years later'', shows up in the jail cell next to Randy]].
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* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Enoch Root is unceremoniously shot to death in Sweden mid-book and given a rather dramatic funeral, but sudden suddenly reappears talking to Goto Dengo in Manila towards the climax and, ''sixty years later'', and eventually shows up in the jail cell next to Randy]].Randy...''sixty years later'']].
27th Oct '15 5:27:57 PM MarkLungo
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* {{Gestapo}}: They only show up once: Rudy is less than impressed.
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* {{Gestapo}}: UsefulNotes/TheGestapo: They only show up once: Rudy is less than impressed.

14th Sep '15 8:37:28 PM marigoldran
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* CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards. The interview by Lieutenant Reagan. Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His relationship with Bischoff and Julieta. And General [=MacArthur=], Goto Dengo, and the ladies' room. It starts to have an effect on him.
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* CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards. lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. The interview by Lieutenant Reagan.Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His relationship friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander- Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and Julieta. And accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo, and Dengo in the ladies' room.room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.
11th Sep '15 7:36:04 PM acheron
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-->Clearly, Mr. Drkh has had a long career of being the weirdest person in any given room, but he's about to go down in flames.
5th Jul '15 1:12:40 PM KillerClowns
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lawrence Waterhouse is absolutely brilliant, but he's not really all there, interpreting events (like [[spoiler:Pearl Harbor]], ''while in the middle off it'') rather... differently.

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* MadMathematician: Though they're harmlessly eccentric, Lawrence Waterhouse and most of his progeny are this to at least some extent.
28th Jun '15 7:20:47 PM MagBas
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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[UnfortunateImplications really doesn't help matters]].
22nd Jun '15 4:42:47 PM 102372
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* WalkingArmory: In Egypt, Bobby Shaftoe has half a dozen weapons hidden on his person; knives, pistols, derringers, etc, in addition to the much more obvious Tommy Gun.
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* WalkingArmory: In Egypt, Bobby Shaftoe has half a dozen weapons hidden on his person; knives, pistols, derringers, etc, in addition to the much more obvious Tommy Gun. At one point, he's on a transport and trying to get comfortable so he can get some sleep. To do so, he has to deal with: "the teeny revolver in his waistband", "the Marine Raider stiletto holstered invisibly between his shoulder blades", "a standard-issue Colt semiautomatic" on one side, "his own six-shooter from home" on the other, "the various ammo clips, speed loaders, and maintenance supplies that go with them", "the V-44 'Gung Ho'...knife, strapped to the outside of his lower leg", and "the derringer that he keeps on the other leg for balance". The only things he doesn't move "are the grenades in his front pockets".
22nd Jun '15 4:24:08 PM 102372
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* '''Randall Waterhouse:''' A geek with a love of mathematics and computer science. Is currently involved in an attempt to create a "Data Haven", where information may be freely exchanged without government interference. He is the grandson of Lawrence Waterhouse.
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* '''Randall Lawrence Waterhouse:''' A geek with a love of mathematics and computer science. Is currently involved in an attempt to create a "Data Haven", where information may be freely exchanged without government interference. He is the grandson of Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse.
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