Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

I’m heading o/s in a week or two and David was kind enough to lend me some books before I left – the least I could do was read them, the first one I jumped into was Snow Crash.

I haven’t read alot of cyber punk, but I couldn’t put this book down. The hero of the story, Hiro Protagonist, love the name, is fascinating – hacker, samurai, detective and lovesick pizza guy.

I was absorbed by the punk world he created, corporation-states, the mafia and of course Greater Hong Kong – I loved that touch. Anyone who has been to HK will recognise the feel of it in the book.

The only downer for me was the info-dump in the middle of the book where we work our way through the intricacies of the religious angle of the plot, but the chases, fights and new bizarre setting grabbed me again.

The great thing about this book is that it was written in 1992 – it has hardly dated at all – perhaps programmers will disagree, but I thought it was a recent release. Considering it’s publication date it must have been a trailblazer for cyber punk. I would now like to read Stephenson’s new series about alchemy..

Interesting side note – Stephenson thought he had invented the word ‘avatar’ for the book, but humbly acknowledges Habitat in the endnote.

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