I recently picked up the Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson. I picked it up because the premise sounded interesting- nanotechnology and its implications. Plus I heard excellent things about the book. Yet I gave up after the first 10-15 pages, usually I persist with a book much longer than that. I found his writing style confusing and hard to slog through. I thought I had a large vocabulary, but I found like every 5th word to be something I'd never even heard of. I dunno, maybe some of those words were just made-up jargon for the story. It was difficult to tell.