Anybody read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson?
I've almost finished it and I can't say I'm enjoying it all that much. It's fast-paced but it reads like a nerdy wet dream, sort of like Ready Player One.
Any similar books to recommend of a superior quality?
Didn't like it too much either. Yea I get he's trying to make it an absurd parody but it just comes off as hokey and dated. It's unbearably cringe worthy especially if you have any knowledge of computer science
First chapter is actually really fun, the rest is fairly entertaining pulp, but the Sumerian info dump chapters are painful.
Neuromancer is better even with it's pacing issues and underdeveloped characters.
I liked it, and thought it was great. The prose and his lack of talent to end books are the downside, but overall, it was a great book.
There is a sort of negative bias toward it lately, mainly because Snow Crash had some influence upon sci fi literature and movies, so its elements have been reused so much that now it seems trashy. RPO is an example of this, a children's book that's pretty much watered-down Snow Crash.
I don't think the problem is virtual reality alone. The use he makes of technology is almost magical, in a way that is hard to take as anything but a joke.
In his defense, he wrote Snow Crash in 1992, when no one but sci fi writers thought about those technological matters.
>it's genre shit
>leave the fucking board
Look, a snob on /lit/. Who would have expected it?
Get a gf anon, it's better than shitposting to kill time.
Because it read like some really lame guy trying to force a meme by splitting his own perspective into two clashing ones and reducing it to a wacky, hip banter-sesh where something not very interesting is explained as though it's super profound. Thinking about it the whole book is such a mess. I can't believe it's so popular. I'm like 50 pages from the end and Hiro has just killed like 30 people with his Kitana and cut his way out of an inflateable mall and is now trying to stop the flotilla or whatever. If it's "ironically bad" then really why write it?
Ok, so i liked Snow Crash but the thing that bugged me was that near the end of the book, Stephenson just pulls that whole "I snuck into the cult and got all their secrets" with the female character. All he had to do was add a chapter from her perspective showing how, but no, she just appears out of nowhere and provides the key to saving the day. That struck me as really weak writing and really out of character with the rest of the book.
Also his books have the weirdest endings. I know its just a really short falling action but there's something about it that just sticks with me as unique and odd. It's in all the books I've read by him.(snow crash, diamond age, seveneves)
Anyone else notice any of this?
>sort of like Ready Player One.
GET THE FUCK OUT NORMIE GOD FUCKING DAMNIT
READY PLAYER ONE IS YOUNG ADULT GARBAGE
SNOWCRASH IS A CYBERPUNK MASTERPIECE
He does this with all of his endings. In seveneves he has an abrupt ending 2/3 of the way through the book, then keeps going until he just ends abruptly again.
His next book will probably be a short story collection, each story in which will end abruptly when he gets bored writing it.
>has anyone read Seveneves?
On top of having two Neal Stephenson endings, it also is very obviously his failed idea for an MMO, down to having a Red and Blue faction and various races to play as.
His Baroque Cycle books are some of my favorites though, and they end somewhat less abruptly than any of his other stuff.
Stephenson is obviously not good literature. It reads like plots from nerd-pandering action movies with occasionally brilliant sf-ideas mixed in.
But it is good entertainment if you can drop your pretensions. I've read all of his books except Sevenes and Zodiac and I appreciate all of them.
Anathem is his most demanding and therefore under rated work.
Neuromancer is better
Diamond Age is a better work of his own
But given that both of the stephenson books i've read feature young female characters being raped I don't think i'll bother with any more
she has an anti-rape system but she is so horny and wants him to fuck her so badly that she forgets about it, so his dick gets inyected with something that makes him sleep.
it didn't matter to her because she cummed in 5 seconds or so
I wasn't hugely impressed by most of the story, but the part where
the world's ending and they're listening to orchestras all over the world playing until they're wiped outreally struck a chord with me.
I felt oddly depressed after finishing it, especially given how thrilling I had found the rest of the story. Letting it sink in, it seemed more that Stephenson was trying to build a world that was, like someone else implied, "a nerds wet dream", the ending of which is him abruptly taking you out of it to meet a suddenly void reality, which is in a way the most "postmodern" aspect of the novel.
The same with Diamond Age; the ending I thought was beautiful and alleviating, but also a refutation of pretty much the entire world building Stephenson had done to that point. For the most part his endings are shit, but I think their calculated shit done with the intention of, again, taking you out of the cyberpunk dream he's dissecting and poking fun at while indulging in to the fullest extent.
The first part about human survival aboard the ISS was really interesting. Characters and plot were interesting enough too, I suppose.
There's a timeskip for the latter part of the book, and that was so shitty I couldn't help but put it down