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Worthy concept, poor execution
am 30. Mai 2000
Snow Crash is an exciting novel, with a great premise and an interesting story line. Technological descriptions are vivid and original; I especially like the futuristic wheels used by both Y.T. and Hiro P.
However, this book suffers from a chronologically fragmented beginning, two plotlines which are horrendously slapped together, and a general sense of being on shaky ground throughout. Stephenson's bleak outlook on the future is not the problem here; the problem is that the plotline is so fractured and out of joint that the tale suffers greatly. I wound up being annoyed because whenever things got good with one character, the other main character would bludgeoun his/her way in and ruin the plot. It seems as if Stephenson or his editor wrote the manuscript, cut it up between random paragraphs, threw all the pieces in the air, and then reassembled with no thought for continuity or flow.
I love the plot itself. References to Ancient Near Eastern religion and modern computer technology usually don't mix well, but Stephenson can and does make it work. The fragmented and fractured plotline, however, is more a distraction than a successful device. Perhaps a second or third read will improve the experience; here's hoping this is so.