In terms of comparisons, Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief, most reminds me of Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson.
Snow Crash was written by Neal Stephenson and published in 1992.
The Mafia, the nation of Mr. Lee’s Greater Hong Kong, a cyborg, a skateboarding kourier, and a pizza-delivering hacker who is the greatest swordsman of the world team up to stop a communications monopolist from releasing a virus that affects people and computers.
Reasons to Read
The main character’s name is Hiro Protagonist. Key book in the cyberpunk canon. Stephenson almost invented the word avatar. Dystopian, commercialized, libertarian world where laws basically don’t exist. Cyborg doggies called Rat Things. It’s hard to predict where the novel is headed. Ancient Sumerian religion and artifacts. It’s way, way, way better than the Cryptonomicon. Sword fighting. Hackers. And again, sword fighting.
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Perhaps, in 1999, when Cryptonomicon came out, it was a cutting edge techno-thriller. Eleven years later, it’s laughable, because the world which Stephenson is writing about is so far in the past. Gather round kiddies,… Read More »Review: Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson