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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.

This book is said to have started the next generation of cyberpunk, and be fast paced like a comic book. I've heard nothing but good things about it, but the reviews seem to be polarising - probably because some school kids are forced to study it and inherently hate it without any real reason.

Flicking through the Wiki page (without looking at any spoilers) I see words like Rat Things, Metaverse and memetics pop up, and they sound grand!

Snow Crash is available on iBooks, Amazon Kindle and all that jazz so you shouldn't have a problem finding it.

Who's keen to give it a read with me?
Fun
You should totally post this in that Facebook thing, with a link the forums for further discussion.

Drum up some fackin' interest in the book/movie/tv club.
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Fun wrote:
You should totally post this in that Facebook thing, with a link the forums for further discussion.

Drum up some fackin' interest in the book/movie/tv club.

Oh it's coming!
Spoon
That is entirely why he started up the Facebook account, so I think he may be ahead of you on that suggestion. Perhaps there is some other content coming tonight that may explain why he hasn't yet made the post, but that is entirely speculation.

Edit: Dang, too slow
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Read a few chapters of this so far.

It's not a super easy read and just looking at the pages are daunting because they're so solidly choc-full of words. It has quite a lot of information overload but it's all very interesting and moreish.

The world it's set in is as the quote in OP says "a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately" that I didn't believe when I first read it but now wholeheartedly agree. Every job, race, country and stereotype is exaggerated so much into the futuristic scifi realm but also feels so grounded, that it could become a reality.

The descriptions of things like [internet] avatars, programmers jobs being like factory workers, down to the breakdown of demographics found on the [internet] it's all so close to home it's impressive and outright amazing that this was written over 20 years ago.

I'm fucking intrigued, will definitely read on.
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