Bookworm

Book finished

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

That was a fun ride. Will wonders never cease, a cyberpunk novel that I not only didn't drop into the trash can before page 50, but I actually enjoyed. Probably because it was about people rather than shock value.

Of course, having read this and most of The Diamond Age (I really should finish that some day), according to a person whose judgement I trust pretty well, I've pretty much exhausted everything of value in Stephenson's bibliography. He says he read Cryptonomicon expecting to really like it, and absolutely hated it. I've still got it on my list as it's in everyone's top 100 list but I think maybe I'll put it off for a while, if for no other reason than I can only take so much cyberpunk per year even if it's stuff I like.

On the other hand, the same guy convinced me to give Charles Stross another try. I read Saturn's Children in early 2009 and hated it so much that I gave up completely on his books. I only even finished it because it had won some awards, but apparently people either vote for anything with sex in it, or they vote for whatever their favorite author wrote that year regardless of whether that particular book is any good or not. But apparently he's written other stuff that's good so I may start pushing some of his stuff onto the list.
There's a fair amount of Stross I like; Saturn's Children is not it.

Iron Sunrise, Singularity Sky, Accelerando, or The Atrocity Archives. The first books of his merchant families thing are ok, too, but despite the fact that the series went long, the ending felt rushed and unsatisfactory. I think that he started considering TOO MANY of the implications and kept having to change where he was intending to go.
Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what my other friend said regarding Stross.

I got a bit turned off when the Accelerando and other books said "singularity" but he assured me that this "singularity" is not Vinge's singularity. I was turned off because I simply can't make my disbelief suspenders hold enough weight to read Vinge's version of singularity. I simply don't believe that anything with a human brain in the loop can change that fast, and Vinge's singularity requires an absence of limits.