I've been wanting to read this forever... maybe saving it on Hunch will finally make it happen?!?!
Authors: Neal Stephenson
Page count: 440
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This book pre-dated the Web as we know it, and particularly such things as Second Life. Yet the world Stephenson creates not only predicted such things but makes them still seem fresh and fun. The characters are a hoot, and the world he paints is a little dystopian but not depressing; it is even a little inviting. (If that sounds odd to you, read the book. You'll see what I mean.)
Because a book that adds swords, computers, and a Gatling gun to an adventure involving an exploration on language and its purpose a top the greater topic of the origin of mankind all while being chased by a scary guy who no doubt looks like Danny Trejo and the Mafia, is a book that must be recommended to everyone.
My first Neal Stephenson novel and one I won't soon forget. He is so skilled at using scientific details and blending it with a wry pop culture awareness to create futuristic worlds that show our present society in some mutated form. The book is fun and engaging even if you're not a sci-fi fan.
A great entry into the cyberpunk genre, you'll have trouble setting this book down once you being reading the first chapter. The protagonist's name is Hiro Protagonist and in addition to being a talented programmer, he's the worlds best sword fighter. Fun fact: this book inspired both Second Life and Google Earth. bit.ly/h3jLf7