...at least it got popular because of the book. The virtual-reality term Metaverse comes from Snow Crash.THe virtual world "Second Life" seems very highly based on the concepts in "Snow Crash"... I think that calling forum icons "avatars" might have originated from it as well.
Snowcrash takes a good satirical look at quite a few things, as did Zodiac and The Big U before it. Satire is definitely one of Stephenson's strengths.I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to mention that he has a really good satirical look at the modern obsession with heavy weapons, too.
Everyone listens to reason!
Snow Crash is one of my favourite books, but I'm glad you mentioned Zodiac as I also rate it highly and I think it is overlooked. I think Reamde is a return to his Zodiac style of writing. Not that I dislike the Baroque Cycle and Anathma, but they are quite different. I haven't read the Big U. It was discontinued, but he had it republished when he found so many people were buying second hand copies. Is it any good?Snowcrash takes a good satirical look at quite a few things, as did Zodiac and The Big U before it. Satire is definitely one of Stephenson's strengths.
No. It's awful. Well, the first half is pretty funny... but the second half kinda spins out of control. It is pretty straight up satire with some fledgling attempts at telling a good story (so basically the opposite of Snow Crash, which is a good story with some satire).I haven't read the Big U. It was discontinued, but he had it republished when he found so many people were buying second hand copies. Is it any good?
Stephenson originally planned to release the story as a graphic novel which probably explains the cinematic aspect of the scenes within it.Somebody near the top of the thread mentioned how cinematic it was. I got the same impression; and, oddly enough, the use of the various locations put me in mind of the Bond films, of all things. Whether it would still do this on a second reading, I don't know.