Science fiction, cyberpunk
Own and read. 440 pages.
First read (June/July 2011)Edit
Got it from Edwin for Christmas 2010. Not sure exactly why it was put on the original list that became this wiki, possibly just as an example of a cyberpunk novel from some list or other.
After finishing 1984 in June 2011 I decided to sink my teeth into three sci-fi books I had on my shelf. I started with Blood Music and on June 24th moved on to Snow Crash. I thought I'd read some Neal Stephenson before when I picked it up, but I think it's just having heard about the book The Diamond Age a few times. He looks a bit loopy in his photos, goatee and all.
The beginning was fairly amusing :P About a third of the way I realised nothing really interesting had actually happened, and figured I was on track for a bit of a dud book. By the time I got towards the end I was pretty tired of it and ready to give it a 2/5 (0 in the current system, see below) for being boring, having a stupid plot and being set in a bizarre world with unbelievable characters. However, the finale sequence was actually really well executed and I'm a bit more on-board with the setting after it, but I can't forget how I felt most of the way through so I'm not boosting it to a 3 despite the temptation. It does mean I'm inclined again to read The Diamond Age, which I had written off.
Rating and awardsEdit
Previous book: Greg Bear, Blood Music
Next book: James Clavell, Shogun
Ratings, awards, mentions and recommendationsEdit
Number 7 on the r/PrintSF 2013 poll.