Javier Plumey

Faith. Tech. Life.

Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson: ★★★1/2 

I really wanted to love Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash. It has all the makings of a great tale: archaeolgy, vintage but also not-vintage tech, cyberspace, katanas, and the mafia. 

Minor Spoilers below 👇

What I liked:

- Stephenson’s prose is easy to follow and carries the story well
- theoretical and (highly) outlandish relationship established between ancient religions and information warfare
- visionary scope of what a metaverse could be (he coined the phrase, I believe)
- satirical perspective of unmitigated capitalism

What I disliked:

- Absurdity of the plot, it was just too much and his long expositions with the non-sentient Librarian and his chief allies were identical. If you have to spend literally ten pages of the main character talking through the plot, I think you’ve gone too far.
- Paper-thin characters. They had promise but other than one character calling her mom and another finally getting to be with a girl, no character had a single step of movement.
- Sexual exploitation of a minor (yes)

Overall, I’m glad I read it, as it has been on my list for a while, but in the end, I didn’t find it very memorable. 

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