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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Nov 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: scifi-fantasy, 2012, transport2012, sff-bkclub
Recommended to Trice by: Jonathan Ch in 2004
Read from September 17 to October 05, 2012 — I own a copy

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! the idea/character/idea/character/idea/... -driven adrenaline rush that this book is!

update 2012/10/09: well, okay, it's lots more than an adrenaline rush... er... well, actually it's all the thought provoking stuff that multiplies the impact of the general adrenaline rush. Anyway, I was just this moment reading a short meditation on the Tower of Babel and found it especially thought-provoking in reflecting back a few days on Snow Crash which is a sci fi cyberpunk escapade of a book centered around linguistics, or at least the origins of all human languages (very very basically), the impact of languages, and the hacker relationship therewith. Stephenson takes a materialist perspective on religion in general and on the Tower of Babel specifically, seeing it (the story of the ToB) (view spoiler). There's a collision between the above mentioned blog post and Stephenson's climactic point, that the Tower of Babel saved humanity, but there is a contrast in the conclusions as to what they were saved from and, that ever biggest question, why.
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09/17/2012 page 75
16.0% "how was it again that it took me this long to get to Snow Crash???? known about it for 10 years now (thank you, Jon), bought a copy on my 2010 trip to the US, but only started it on the bus today. I have been sucked into the Metaverse... although some bits remind me of LambdaMOO, makes me want to wander back that way - MOOs and MUDs - so much more fun than chatting!!"

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