19. (19) – Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

“The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed sub-category. He’s got esprit up to here….The Deliverator’s car has enough potential energy packed into its batteries to fire a pound of bacon into the Asteroid Belt. Unlike a bimbo box or a Burb beater, the Deliverator’s car unloads that power through gaping, gleaming, polished sphincters. When the Deliverator puts the hammer down, shit happens.”

Come on…that opening segment is damn near perfect.  Talk about a freaking cool book. From page one this story grabs you and never let’s go. Though slightly dated in that these events are supposed to take place in the early 21st century, Stephenson’s thoughts on the development of computer technology seem at least mildly prophetic. Stephenson describes a United States where privatization has gone to its fullest extent. The government owns and runs nothing. Law is kept by whatever private agency you can find protection under. It’s a rough world.

In that world Hiro Protagonist is the deliverator. He delivers pizzas for the mafia. He carries with him a gun and two swords. He’s also a hacker and intelligence gatherer (gathering intelligence for money). This story is of his intelligence gathering with regards to a plot which would drastically change how the world operates, both the metaverse (in the computer) and outside world. His partner is a 15-year-old blond girl who also happens to be a dynamite skateboard courier named Y.T, To me Y.T. is the highlight of the book. The middle of this book has some large information dumps which take up some time, but the coolness of the rest makes up for it. You are sure to enjoy this book.

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