Snow Crash is one of the best books I have ever read. I feel like buying a copy for every single one of my friends, forcing them to read it while I sit and watch their faces. THAT’S how much I loved this book. Yes, I was the annoying person on the train during the morning commute laughing out loud, and if any of those poor bastards had dared make eye contact with me, I would have probably insisted on reading entire sections out loud.
I didn’t initially think it was going to be for me. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, particularly futuristic technological stuff, but this story is all about people. Okay sure, a lot of the story was set in the virtual reality Metaverse, but I actually understood what was going on. And why isn’t more sci-fi funny like this? Stephenson obviously loves a good pun and that is definitely the way to get on my good side. The main character’s name alone had me ready to follow this author anywhere.
Plot? I really don’t want to ruin anyone’s discovery of this book, so I’m going to limit myself to part of the back cover blurb:
Exploring linguistics, religion, computer science, politics, philosophy, cryptography and the future of pizza delivery, Snow Crash is a riveting, breakneck adventure into the fast-approaching future.
What really blows me away is that this book was published over 20 years ago and yet does not feel dated at all. How is that possible? In 1992, I hadn’t heard of email, didn’t have a cell phone and my computer was basically a fancy word processor. I am simply astounded.
Read. This. Book. Immediately.