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text 2019-03-11 20:51
Snakes & Ladders update
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
DreadfulWater Shows Up - Hartley GoodWeather

 

So, I was on square 53.  The prompt: Has something that can be used as a weapon on the cover.

 

I was reading a copy of Snow Crash which has a stylized Samurai sword on the cover:

 

 

Hiro Protagonist is an expert swordsman.  So, this enables me to shake 2 dice this time around.  The result:  4 + 2 = 6, taking me to square 59.  The next prompt:  Was published more than 10 years ago.  DreadfulWater Shows Up qualifies!!  Yay!  So, another shake of two dice.  Result: 3 + 6 = 9, Taking me to square 68 and a Ladder. In order the use the ladder, I must read a book that has something related to weddings on the cover.

None of my current books fulfill that prompt, so I'll be back to the slower method of progressing.  Ah well!

 

I'm just happy to be on square 68.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-03-11 16:24
Snow Crash / Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in 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.

 

I guess the cyberpunk part of the science fiction world is just never going to be my favourite thing. As far as the cyberpunk novels that I have read (not many), this is so far my favourite.

I’m not into computer programming or virtual reality and I really don’t idolize hackers or their culture, so I am not the target audience for this sub-genre. However, there were a lot of clever details in it, like the name of the main character, Hiro Protagonist—no mistaking who is the star in this one. Stephenson did what so many good writers do—he took contemporary trends and played them out to extreme lengths, reminding me a bit of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. He also wove in quite a lot of esoteric scholarship, namely Sumerian history and linguistics, ancient Semitic religion, and brain physiology, which he expertly entwines with computer programming. This use of ancient & modern details in such a complex way reminded me strongly of Tim Powers’ Last Call.

If you are a fan of the cyberpunk genre, I would encourage you to pick up this book. Stephenson is an excellent writer and the story is both amusing and entertaining (although I did feel like the ending just kind of petered out instead of really resolving anything). If you enjoy the fiction of Tim Powers or William Gibson (Neuromancer or The Difference Engine), I think there is a strong chance that you will appreciate Snow Crash too.

 

Book number 312 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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text 2019-03-08 14:53
Reading progress update: I've read 121 out of 470 pages.
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

 

I'm warming up to Hiro Protagonist at this point and starting to care about what happens to him and to Y.T.

 

 

In other news, my BFF helped me to book plane tickets last night, so we are on the same flights to and from France in May.  Yay! 

 

Plus, I almost slept through the night--I only opened one eye a slit at 4:30 a.m., but was able to cuddle back down into the bedding and sleep until my alarm went!!!  Usually I have to give up about 5:15 or 5:30 and just listen to the radio until my usual time to get up.

 

As a result of all of this, I'm feeling better today than I have felt in weeks.

 

 

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text 2019-03-07 14:39
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 470 pages.
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

 

 

I'm finding this book difficult to get into.

 

But it's due in 11 days and there are 6 people waiting for it.

 

Plus I'm having difficulty staying conscious in the evenings--I seem to have developed an annoying habit of waking at 4 a.m. and not really sleeping soundly thereafter.

 

 

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text 2019-02-28 19:54
TBR Thursday
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
The Fires of Heaven - Robert Jordan
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx - Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

OMG, it's Thursday already!  It has been a hectic week, with appointments almost everyday after work is over (and piles to do at work too).

 

I'm currently reading The Fossil Hunter, which I'm quite enjoying.  It's due first at the library (March 13).

 

Next books due are Snow Crash and The Fires of Heaven, both of which will count towards my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.  Both are due on March 18 and have holds, so can't be renewed.

 

Then, I've got Random Family on interlibrary loan--it's the book for April for my RL book club.  I've got until March 21 to read it.  At least that gives me a bit of slack, but ILL materials can't be renewed, so I'll attend to it asap.

 

The weather is predicted to be cold, cold this weekend (-31 C over Friday night), so I should be able to spend some quantity time curled up under a blanket, reading.

 

Have a warm weekend, friends.

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