Neal Stephenson – Snow Crash

Snow Crash started out fun, fast and cool. I really enjoy the ride around the new world. Reality has pizza deliverers, courier girls on skates and hyper-inflated cities that are franchises. I like that Metaverse links to reality, where beauty of the avatar admired. It’s not a big thing in the story, but it made me admire it for its consistency.

I did not enjoy the characters and the plot. The tying of the sumerian myths to information flow is too loosely tied together in the story and feels inelegant. As if he is trying to hammer out a new thought and the characters are mouth pieces. Checking the wikipedia for memetics, I figured out what he was doing. Knowing it now doesn’t change my mind. The seller of an idea in a fiction are the characters. His characters are not that interesting for me to buy it.