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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Aug 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: american, sf, src-winter-2011-12, kindle
Read from December 15 to 17, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I loved the exhilarating first half or so of the book - Stephenson takes his readers into a future world based on speedy pizza delivery and economic-state-zones beautifully - and the ride is actually funny. Hiro Protagonist and Y.T. are also great characters - one a low-key yet awesome computer hacker; the other, a teenager wise beyond her years. Stephenson takes tropes and cliches and makes them engaging, and the ideas are fascinating. Reading this novel was like being wowed by an intelligent action movie with cool special effects.

I did find the middle and end comparatively slow-going, though. There is a librarian-encyclopedia feature walking around the novel, and reading what he says is like reading, well, the encyclopedia. And my feelings about detailed information in fiction aren't usually positive.

I'll definitely read more Stephenson, but I'm rather wary of his 1,000-page tomes.

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