Sci-fi, 8/10 – June&July&August 2006
|What makes this book great is that despite it being interesting and exciting and thoughtful, is that it’s damn silly. All the characters are ridiculous and over-the-top, and that’s great. Two small examples are the nuclear powered machine gun and the cyborg guard-dogs but the biggest laugh is the method of transport that a character called Y.T uses, “pooning”. She harpoons cars using an electromagnet and then skates behind them at 70Mph!|
Stephenson managed to make the metaverse, matrix, cyber space, whatever you want to call it, imaginable, you can picture what Snowcrash is trying to describe the metaverse to be. However, to me, it seems much more of an environment for entertainment that it does for business (too closely modelled on reality). I kept thinking of Tron at the end when they were racing each other on motorbikes.