Neal Stephenson | Fiction
1992, 569 pages
I must have been in some interesting space during the building of my 20-book “the library is closed for the pandemic and I can’t get any books until it reopens” time. I have three “alternative universe” books currently in my pile.
I gave this one a really good try, 143 pages. The two major characters, Hiro and Y.T., are quite interesting. In Reality, Hiro delivers pizza and Y.T. skateboards by "pooning" on cars. Once I realized this book is about a possible time in the future, and I didn’t need to map it against current reality, I relaxed into the story. It genre is referred to as "cyberpunk."
Still, I reached a point where I asked, “Why am I reading this? I am not really enjoying it. The plot is very thin. If there is a message, it is probably hundreds of pages away. And what am I learning as I watch avatars interact with each other?”
And so, sadly, I hung it up.