Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison -- a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Inc., but it the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous... you'll recognize it immediately.
From the Paperback edition.
I just finished reading this book about 5 minutes ago. So here is my very fresh review. The book opens up very characteristically cartoony. His writing style is loose and quick, perhaps overly descriptive in parts. The character development is good. In the middle of the book the story gets really good and tight, but the rest of the book the unraveling of the main themes gets a bit disappointing. The end of the story ends a bit abruptly and the characters seem to run out of steam, or become replaced with characteristics that weren't present in the rest of the story.
Besides that, the author does a very good job of imagining new devices, which is why I really like this guy. He predicts future-tech again and again. I'm reading Reamde next, as I do enjoy this author and his vision.