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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
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Aug 01, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012, abduction, americana, drugs_substances, fiction, sci-fi, war

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Just felt like a whole lotta guff about nothing. He was obviously very prescient about things like the internet and virtual reality, and I liked the set up with the small 'countries' like little gated communities within LA. But the first half of the book was so technical, setting up how everything worked *constantly*, and the second half was relentlessly, eye-rollingly 'badass'. I'm not sure why it's getting two stars; maybe because I liked his sense of humour, surprisingly, and there were parts of the story that didn't go where I thought they would, such as


the teaming up of Uncle Enzo and Mr Lee with our heroes, and the Raven/YT thing. And the Sumerian thing just glazed my eyes over, for the pages and pages of clumsy exposition par example over which it dragged. Generally, I think I have to accept that this is not my genre and I'm going to struggle to find sci-fi that transcends for me in the way that John Wyndham did when I first read him, or Douglas Adams. Ultimately I prefer character and relationships over tricky concepts. I must accept this; I can't seem to have both in a book.
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Reading Progress

August 1, 2009 – Shelved
May 11, 2012 – Started Reading
May 11, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
May 12, 2012 –
page 35
May 12, 2012 –
page 35
7.45% "hmmm ... bit concepty for me. we shall see."
May 13, 2012 –
page 75
May 17, 2012 –
page 164
34.89% "OK, if I'm not sucked into an actual STORY by p235, I'm out."
May 21, 2012 –
page 205
43.62% "really just forcing myself at this point."
May 22, 2012 – Shelved as: abduction
May 22, 2012 – Shelved as: americana
May 22, 2012 – Shelved as: drugs_substances
May 22, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction
May 22, 2012 – Shelved as: sci-fi
May 22, 2012 – Shelved as: war
May 23, 2012 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Dean (new)

Dean Neuromancer - William Gibson

message 2: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Hart Have you read any of Doris Lessing's SciFi? Shikasta etc?

message 3: by Emma (last edited May 27, 2012 10:37PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Emma Dean wrote: "Neuromancer - William Gibson"

I think I read this many years ago and had the same feeling ...

Tanya wrote: "Have you read any of Doris Lessing's SciFi? Shikasta etc?"

Memoirs of a Survivor at school - I wasn't ready. Let me look into this Shikasta thing ...

message 4: by Dean (new)

Dean While he is not cyberpunk anymore, I still want to suggest Mr. Gibson, however you may have more sync with his novel: Pattern Recognition. It was the first of his post-cyberpunk work, and set the "now future" vein that he is currently riding.

Emma Well I might read him if he's not doing cyberpunk any more :) I think it's that sub-genre itself I can't do. I actually follow Gibson on Twitter and I relate to his tastes and interests there.

message 6: by Dean (new)

Dean I'm a fanboy. Have devoured everything. His latest collection of non-fiction was under-statedly brilliant..

Emma Yes, well, recommendations from an avowed fanboy for someone who invented a genre I essentially don't like are to be taken with a grain of salt :) I *might* try Pattern Recognition because I like the title, or his nonfic cause o' Twitter ...

... MAYbe

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