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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, not just a great cyberpunk book., 25 May 2006
This review is from: Snow Crash (Paperback)
First of all, to all those people who had a big problem with this book: you're just not getting it, sorry. Yes, we're well aware that having a character called Hiro Protagonist is not hilarious, but that is sort of the point. In fact for this particular example Hiro himself points out it's an assumed name chosen for the fact that you'll remember it.

As for those who seem to think that it's over-explained: again, you're missing the point. Stephenson was writing at a time when these weren't ideas were neccessarily common knowledge. And does it really matter years later, as long as the core of what makes the book great is there?

As to what DOES make it great, that's a little trickier to put your finger on. It's an exciting story, but that's not really when it's a classic. There are lots of interesting ideas, particularly about language and religion and how they relate to humanity. The sections which interest me most on every reading are the conversations about neuro linguistic programming, and about glossia.

But again that's not really it - what makes this book great is the fact 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. Read it, have a good time, think about what it says, and enjoy the ride. Highly recommended.
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