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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Nov 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, too-sexy-for-maiden-aunts, japanese
Read in January, 1997 , read count: 1

This book has style and furious energy, like all Neal Stephenson, but it doesn't really make sense. Well... if you casually invent the Metaverse while telling a rattling good story, who cares about a logical hole or nine? And the incidental details are terrific. My favourite was the biker who is a nuclear power in his own right, but there were many others.
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I happened to look at the Wikipedia article, and was immediately entranced by the plot summary. The anonymous author's deadpan delivery is perfect. For your amusement:

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Kevan I am trying to track down a reference. Somewhere in Snow Crash, I think, there a line a bit like "she had cheekbones that could grace the prow of a stealth fighter" - Any ideas where it's from?


Derek "…doesn't really make sense"?

Funny, because my wife and I, both professional geeks, thought it made total sense, in a very twisted way.


Derek For Kevan (who has probably found out some time in the last year and a half), there's only one reference to cheekbones in the story and it refers to Hiro. No mentions of "cheek" seem even close.


Salman Mehedy Titas Kevan wrote: "I am trying to track down a reference. Somewhere in Snow Crash, I think, there a line a bit like "she had cheekbones that could grace the prow of a stealth fighter" - Any ideas where it's from?"

Cheekbones, if I remember correctly, is William Gibson's specialty. Not one story exists where he fails to mention cheekbones. So, Neuromancer maybe?


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