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Snow Crash

Snow Crash

Author: Cheryl Strayed
Rating: 7/10
Last Read: August 2015

Quick Summary:  The book takes place in a dystopian future and follows two hackers in their adventures in virtual reality and real life as they try to crack the mystery of "snow crash", a new drug being sold in the virtual world.  Along the way, a variety of themes are hit upon: religion, memetics, linguistics, and computer sciencey stuff.  Definitely a good read for the tech crowd, even if it's a bit long winded.

My Highlights

But if life were a mellow elementary school run by well-meaning education Ph.D.s, the Deliverator's report card would say: “Hiro is so bright and creative but needs to work harder on his cooperation skills.”

Pooning a bimbo box takes more skill than a ped would ever imagine

I don't know how my face conveyed that information, or what kind of internal wiring in my grandmother's mind enabled her to accomplish this incredible feat. To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.”

class is more than income—it has to do with knowing where you stand in a web of social relationships.

They pay attention to the facial expressions and body language of the people they are talking to. And that's how they know what's going on inside a person's head—by condensing fact from the vapor of nuance.

it's the first function of any organization to control its own sphincters.

I used to read that story when I was a kid and wonder who the hell these guys were, on Crete, that everyone else was so scared of them that they would just meekly give up their children to be eaten, every year. They must have been some mean sons of bitches.

Besides, interesting things happen along borders—transitions—not in the middle where everything is the same.

“Ever think of introducing yourself?” Y.T. says.
“Nah,” he says, “people always forget names. You can just think of me as that one guy, y'know?”

“Wait a minute, Juanita. Make up your mind. This Snow Crash thing—is it a virus, a drug, or a religion?”
Juanita shrugs. “What's the difference?”

In many Creation myths, to name a thing is to create it.

“See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,” Raven says.

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