Monday, November 28, 2005

 

Just Read: Snow Crash

The cover of the copy of Snow Crash I was lent stated that "[Snow Crash] is to the 90s what Neuromancer was to the 80s!", which is a pretty fair comment. It is one of the classic examples of the cyberpunk genre, and a damn good read.

The story revolves around Hiro Protagonist - a pizza delivery man, hacker and master sword fighter. Hiro gets swept up in the events surrounding a new drug to hit the streets (both digital and physical) called Snow Crash.

Like all good cyberpunk, you've got gadgets, computers, drugs and action. And, like all good cyberpunk from before about 1997, an odd mixture of "predictions" that were almost right, and ones that are totally wrong.

I really enjoyed it. There are already much better reviews then I could ever write (http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/stephenn/snowcrash.htm for example, or of course Wikipedia), so I don't really have much more to say about it. It's certainly put me in the mood for some more cyberpunk, and some more Neal Stephenson.

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