No? I can wait. Take your time, it is pretty good and you'll enjoy it.
Ok then, either you have read it, or just read it, or think I am a nut job. Either way, you're still reading or maybe not. I am still going to go on and on. The beauty of a blog is I can add to the (babel) of info and at some point, someone, somewhere, will read along with me. Call me crazy.
What drives this book and makes it one of my favorites.. yes I am reading it again, for the 3rd time right now(maybe its three, maybe its more, I dont know), is the language, or rather, the use of language. The future setting(it is SF and cyberpunk to the core~or maybe post-cyberpunk, whatever..) is interesting, but not what drives the story. The story drives the story. In other words, the narrative is extremely compelling.
What is the story about you ask? I don't know, not really. The man character, Hiro Protagonist discovers a religous cult who is sporeading the drug snow crash, to take over the world. I think. Maybe. Snow Crash is a drug that affects not only the Metaverse(read the internet as visualized in virtual reality) but a person's Reality, and how the two interface. The crazy old white dude trying to take over the world syndrome is present and the 'bad guy'.
What the story explores(back in 1992) is the explosion of information and the use of the internet as an escape from boring Reality. After all Hiro is a hacker, but he gathers info and downloads it into the library in the hopes that people will access it and hence he makes money off that info. He also lives in a storage unit in Reality and at the begining of the novel is a high speed pizza delivery driver. But he shines in the Metaverse and at times, seems more real, more then some poor schmuck out of work programmer living in a storage unit with a wannabe rock star.
It is the dance of Reality and Metaverse, the switch between what really is real, and what matters in a life that makes cyberpunk so fascinating. Read the book, get confused and wonder what the hell it is all about, then let me know. I have no idea what it is all about, but the writing and the language rock, the story is hip and I have no idea what I am talking about here, So read it, clue me in.