rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is one of my favorite novels and I need to re-read it. The plot was both hokey and epic. It needed to only be minimally interesting however (though it was much more than that) because it was a an anarcho-capitalist world. I loved it. I love the “hero” (Hiro Protagonist) and I loved the skater/message service girl (whose name escapes me) and I loved the horribly arrogant and impotant corporation that the Federal Government had become. I loved the “burbclaves” (suburban, franchised, “nations” [sort of:]). I loved that the whole thing sounded like a comic book (it was originally intended to be one).
The only thing about the set-up that bothered me was that the technology of the “metaverse” (3d, 1st-person, internet) seemed incomplete. Stephenson should have had people go ahead and plug in directly into the computer, rather than merely using visors and keyboards.
This closed out the cyberpunk era if I remember right. It wasn’t nearly as literary as William Gibson’s Neuromancer, which started it all. But it was much more fun.