I should change the title of this blog to 'reviews of old novels everyone already read'...
I was never a big fan of Neal Stephenson (but neither is he a big fan of mine, or so I assume 😄) and I never was much into 'present tense'... I tried some of his other works, and couldn't 'get into' them.
And then I tried Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon.
Snowcrash was a well received work, so I, obviously and coincidentally, first read Cryptonomicon.
I read some raving reviews of Cryptonomicon but somehow the title just didn’t grab me, so I skipped it. Until I read similar raving reviews of Snow Crash, another Stephenson novel, and decided to check out more of his work...Oh... Cryptonomicon was a Stephenson novel… I never knew.
You don’t have to be a nerd, but it definitely helps if you are one. The scientific stuff seems to be reasonably spot-on, and I definitely got some laughs out of some of the ‘monologues’ / ‘explanations’ which interleave the main story-line.
I definitely enjoyed it.
Which surprised me, because it was written in the third person present tense, a writing style which I typically abhor. I wonder if I actually identified myself with the main character.
He ends up in the middle of a river of molten gold. Perhaps I still have a chance to make it rich?
Snowcrash is good in its own way, a (then) fresh take on hackers and overlapping real / virtual worlds. Anything involving the pizza mafia made me smile.
Snowcrash was years ahead of its time, and hasn't aged too badly.
Good read, yes. Perhaps start with Snowcrash because I think Cryptonomicon is even better.
(Yes. I am one of those people who also claim Unbreakable is better than The Sixth Sense. Probably because I watched Unbreakable before I watched The Sixth Sense? Who knows...)
Go. Buy. Read. 'Nuff said.
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