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In reality Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc but in the Metaverse he's a warrior prince Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere he races along the neon lit streets on a search and destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse Snow Crash is a mind altering romp through a future America so bizarre so outrageous you'll recognize it immediately


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    Disliking this book seemed quite impossible After all it had all the necessary ingredients the pervasive air of nerdy geekiness or perhaps geeky nerdiness an unexpected take on linguistics a kick ass female character a parallel virtual reality a hefty helping of admittedly overexaggerated satire and just enough wacky improbable worldbuilding to satisfy my book loving soul Or so it seemedBut awesome ingredients do not always add up to a satisfying dish¹ as my horrible cook self knows much too well¹Remember 'Friends' episode where Rachel tries to make English trifle for Thanksgiving desert but because of a couple pages unfortunately sticking together ends up making half English trifle and half the shepherd's pie? Joey was baffled that the rest of the gang found the dish unpalatable 'I mean what's not to like? Custard good Jam good Meat good' I did NOT come to this book with an open mind I came to it infinitely biased in its favor ready to love it to pieces prepared to find in it the same irresistible allure that so many of my Goodreads friends appreciated Alas after the first few pages my good natured amusement gave way to irritated frustration then to impatience and eventually as the book was nearing its final pages my feelings changed to dreaded passionless indifference akin to the emotions stirred by a disclaimer on the back of a pill packetIt is very disappointing when a book leaves you indifferent after hundreds of pages spent with the characters and the plotlines especially when it is a book with such immense potential as 'Snow Crash' had based on all the reviews and snippets I have seen with all the ingredients for an amazing sci fi adventure I listed above “We are all susceptible to the pull of viral ideas Like mass hysteria Or a tune that gets into your head that you keep humming all day until you spread it to someone else Jokes Urban legends Crackpot religions Marxism No matter how smart we get there is always this deep irrational part that makes us potential hosts for self replicating information” Here's a glimpse of the plot as much as I can listlessly muster Hiro Protagonist our hero and protagonist cleverly annoying or annoyingly clever I'm not quite sure is a hacker in a future completely corporatized and fractured by consumerism America He delivers pizza for the Mafia franchise by day and in his spare time hangs around Metaverse a computer based simulated reality where he is a sword fighting badass with a juicy piece of expensive virtual real estate and important friends To those having trouble picturing this think of ‘The Matrix’ as compared to the gloomy existence outside of it Y T is his sidekick a Kourier with a healthy dose of vital spunk and kindness to animals that just may result in the most spectacular payback at the most crucial moment Uncle Enzo is the head of the Mafia franchise and does not like late pizza deliveries he has his reasons As for the antagonists we have L Ron Hubbard L Bob Rife a computer magnate and a leader of a questionable religion the Feds that have lost their power but retained their bureaucracy and enigmatic Raven equipped with a motorcycle a few deadly spears and another weapon that earns him respect from the authorities that that a few small nations getAnd then there's the titular Snow Crash “This Snow Crash thing is it a virus a drug or a religion?” Juanita shrugs “What's the difference?” Sounds awesome doesn't it? To me the concept of Snow Crash initially evoked the memories of Delany's Babel 17 a book that I loved for all it's strangeness and far fetchedness and irresistible pull into the blend of linguistics and sci fi But then 'Snow Crash' having barely taken off disappointingly crashed Pun very much intendedMaybe this had something to do with the clumsily thrown in heaps of infodump painfully interrupting already shaky and unsteady narrative adding tons of poorly placed and far fetched exposition which it mistakes for layers of complexity basking in self importance while being needlessly silly and frankly needless Maybe it was the sheer number of complex plot threads that weaves complexity but ended up going nowhere with few admittedly memorable exceptionsMaybe it was what I can only perceive as casual racism so pervasive in descriptions of most 'ethnic' characters and entire groups featured in this novel so present in every casually thrown stereotype Intentional or not it was unpleasantly gratingMaybe it was the lack of dimension in Stephenson's characters Hiro appears to be created as an embodiment of a teenage computer whiz's dreams not developing in the slightest throughout the novel only acquiring and badassery in the throwaway 'why not?' sloppy manner YT despite her awesomeness² behaving in a strangely robotic fashion Raven and Uncle Enzo frustratingly underdeveloped Juanita whose character could have been interesting appears to exist solely as potential mate for Hiro The only times I felt any connection to the characters were the appearances of the robotic dog and I am not even a dog person ² YT while being far from an excellent character was at least a ray of grumpy sunshine in the otherwise grey landscape of this novel She has spunk and heart and confidence that is engaging and does not strike fakes notes that often She made me almost care and for this I appreciate her character If only the rest if the book had the same spiritMaybe it was the inability to interweave the plot threads into a coherent storyline to create a bigger whole out of separate parts The ideas are there the concepts are there what's missing is cohesiveness able to pull them together untangle them and weave a net captivating the readers' brains and imagination Without this cohesiveness even the wildest and most daring ideas like Stephenson's unconventional approach to viruses for instance remain disjointed underdeveloped unfinished unpolished like the refugee Raft in his novel made of heaps of refuse clumped together trying to make a whole but failing at itHonestly I can't help but see how this book would have worked so much better in a graphic format being it a comic book like apparently it was initially envisioned or a film the action scenes would have looked splendid while the awkwardness of language with overused frequently clumsy metaphors and the jarring present tense which really doesn't work for this story would have been cast aside Yes I am very disappointed at my disappointment with this book I wish I had the ability to overlook its flaws but the indifference I felt when reading it precluded me from caring enough to let its good moments overshadow the bad 2 stars one for the robot doggy and another for YT who occasionally made me almost care