Snow Crash – a pizza boy’s dream

Posted: March 18, 2015 in 4 Star Reviews, Fiction, Sci-Fi
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4 of 5 Virtual-Virus Stars – Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

This is a crazy tech-infused romp of a book. Its virtual world and real world are equally impressive, and fascinating. I think I was first hooked by this book when the protagonist was introduced. I mean, his name is Hiro Protagonist for Christ’s sake. And he’s a fucking pizza delivery boy for the goddamn Mafia.

Can you ask for a more interesting protagonist than that? I think not. He even has a fucking business card that reads “Last of the freelance hackers and Greatest swordfighter in the world.” I highly doubt that he is, in fact, the greatest swordfighter in the world, but just the fact that he thinks he is makes his character that much more interesting.

This book is the story of a virus named ‘Snow Crash’ that infects the virtual world as well as the real world. It’s used as a drug, and a computer virus. And Hiro’s best friend is hooked on it. He’s a fucking junkie. So Hiro uses his mad hacking skills to uncover the truth about Snow Crash.

The truth about Snow Crash, is that it was developed by a crazy religious cult that live on a huge barge out in the fucking ocean. Hiro and his new-found friend, a skateboard girl named Y.T. travel to the barge and try to stop Snow Crash from destroying both the real world and the virtual.

I loved this book because it was an exciting technological adventure. I hated it because it was way too goddamn complicated. I mean, the author created a whole new language for this fucking book. A whole new religion. A whole new world. It’s just too much. It would have been so much better if it was just the Snow Crash story, about how it’s destroying the world, and all that shit.

Often times, authors saturate their work with unnecessary details. They pad the pages with tons of horseshit, and they forget how to end a fucking story. They just end up rambling on and on, until they finally get frustrated with their own work, and just tack on whatever ending comes to mind.

It fucking pisses me off. Stephen King is the worst example of this, but there are plenty more authors who write 500 page books, when it would have been much better as a 300 page book. Snow Crash is in that same category. It would have been a much better 300 page book.

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  1. I am always impressed when authors really immerse themselves and will go that extra mile to create something worth creating. The new languages, people, and theorems can be really fun to explore! Great review of this book!

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    • gegrizzle says:

      The creativity that it takes to create entire worlds and such is very impressive, yes. But sometimes, it’s just not justified. The story doesn’t need that vibrant world to thrive as a story. So all that work, and creativity is just wasted. That’s what really annoys me about this book. 😛

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  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    Snow Crash is one of those books that gets praised so much by people in science fiction circles where I hang out that I’m honestly suspicious of it and feel wary about reading it.

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    • gegrizzle says:

      It really is a great book. But it could have been much better. I’ve tried reading more of this guy’s books, but I just can’t stand them. I don’t know how he totally skull-fucked his ideas, but he found a way. Rat bastard! 😛

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