Leo Laporte recommended Anathem by Neal Stephenson and usually he makes good recommendations. I'm about 230 pages into it and it's abysmal. I'm honestly not really sure what's happening in the book. The languages tries too hard to be "smart" and different, which ultimately fails and makes it harder to follow. The plot in the first 230 pages could really be summed up in about 20. Thus far I'm quite disappointed.