The best words I can think of to describe this is a science fiction novel with attitude. Like if a Sex Pistols fan majored in computer engineering and then wrote about LA in the future.
As I was reading, I had to continually check the copyright date to make sure that I wasn't mistaken and that it was actually published more than 15 years ago. Stephenson is completely spot on with his portrayal of technology and the digital age, it's frightening, mostly because all of that technology in the book is the method for bringing about the corruption and destruction of society.
There is so much historical, philosophical, and theological content in this story that at times I felt my head swimming with information overload. However, right when I would be about to set down the book to take a breather, the author sets aside all the heavy stuff and let me have my breather by giving me some futuristic hilarity or violence.
It was an entertaining read to say the very least.
This was a fascinating book. It brings together archeology, psychology, and future technology in one mind wrenching work. The characters are deep and well developed. The character's motives are all very different and complimentary without falling into common stereotypes. There is an undercurrent of dark humor. The story is unique. It is well written and will leave you begging for more. If you have any interest in hidden histories, ancient religions, psychology, or just like gritty renderings … more
The last great hope of cyberpunk to visit us, and one of the best and funniest, Snow Crash walks on the wild side of fiction, and struts while doing so. From page one you know this isn't a "normal" book: the first description is a pizza delivery man for the mob. If you don't get your pizza in time, the godfather feels that he has lost face, and you are personally visited by the Dom, while the "Deliverator" gets a pair of cement shoes. And that's just the beginning. The hero's name is Hiro Protagonist. … more