Reading the Stephenson version of Yamamoto's thoughts makes me wonder what Yamamoto was actually thinking as he considered Japan's Imperial Army vs the Americans. Anyway, here is an excerpt of Yamamoto's fictional thoughts:
The Yanks call this type of plane "Betty," an effeminatizing gesture that really irks him [Yamamoto]. Then again, the Yanks name even their own planes after women, and paint naked ladies on their sacred instruments of war! If they had samurai swords, Americans would probably decorate the blades with nail polish.
To say the novel is complex, however, is understating the situation. Stephenson slips from one character to another, from one time period to another, from one location to another with little warning. He indulges in detail that obviously tickles him, but that I often have no clue about--especially when talking computers in the modern sections of the novel.
Earlier in the novel, there was a section that most certainly referenced Operation Mincemeat (Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory). The actual body used for the real Operation Mincemeat was not a butcher frozen to a pig, but the idea speaks loads for preservation.
In the meantime, I'm also reading Elizabeth George's Believing the Lie...an Inspector Lynley mystery which reads a whole lot faster than Cryptonomicon.
I have a third Once Upon a Time review scheduled. I checked the library for several books I was looking for with no luck. I guess I'll have to order a couple of them and get the rest on interlibrary loan.
The ARCs are piling up. Most are unsolicited and many don't appeal to me, but this one looks interesting: A Silence of Mockingbirds -- arrived Thursday. Except this book is nonfiction about a child murder--I don't usually want that kind of reality. An article in the Huffington Post gives the author's reasons for writing the book. Maybe later...but not now.
At the moment, I'm looking more for escape literature, not reality. The world is harsh, give me fictional drama, hopefully happy endings. Fairy tales and fantasy and mysteries.
What are you reading?