Monday, September 19, 2011

Your pizza delivered on time by Yours Truly, Hiro Protagonist

Hiro Protagonist - pizza deliverer (The Deliverator!), hacker, swordsman - lives in an alternate reality/future where the United States has been carved up into franchises, each ruled independently; all which feels very real and highly possible. With the help of fifteen year old Y.T., a skateboarding Kourier, he’s racing to discover the mystery of Snow Crash, a computer virus/drug that has been striking down hackers in the metaverse and is known for causing people to speak in tongues.

I really really really liked Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. I love how it’s written from the point of view of someone in this alternate/futuristic society. There’s no dictionary to refer to for the slang or charts or maps to show how California has been carved up into these franchises. You have to insert yourself into this world and keep up. Nobody is going to hold your hand or explain everything to you. You just have to hold on and go along for the ride.

I found it refreshing that Neal Stephenson didn’t feel the need to have to explain everything to me. I had fun as I read, realizing that over time we could possibly adapt and evolve into this kind of society. It’s a smart read that moves quickly and while there’s not a whole lot of background on the characters, you like them. There’s no hokey, cheesy sympathy story that says you HAVE to like them. They are there, they are in this situation, and while there is some background, you ultimately get to judge. It doesn’t feel like the author is forcing you to have certain feelings for them. Does that make any sense?! Well, it will if you read it. HINT HINT.

And I guess this means I'm ready to read Reamde now!


  1. I am so glad you loved it. I knew you would. :)

  2. Yes, I'm so glad you recommended it :)

  3. Have you checked out Diamond Age? I'm about halfway through that. I also own if you want borrow them. Be warned they are very very very slow starters.

  4. The Diamond Age sounds good. I'd like to read that one.

    For The Baroque Cycle, twice I got about half way through Quicksilver. The second read through I got to Jack and Eliza's story but once Jack was out of the picture I lost interest. One day I will make a third attempt.