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Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash 5/5 Feb. 28th, 2004 @ 08:26 am
kyanyte
I finished this book last week. Its a science fiction/fantasy.
synopsis. Near distant future, the U.S. government has turned into a small religious cult. The country has become a collection of franchised countries. The mafia controls pizza. and the cyberworld is the metaverse, an internet like reality where people who are goggled become part of the virtual reality. It has become perfectly acceptable to live inside a storage unit. I love fantasy worlds, [oddly this a new development. post college, real world has made me prefer fantasy.] big surprise. The main characters are Hiro Protagonist, a pizza delivery guy who almost fails to deliver a pizza in under thirty minutes, Y.T. The 15 year old messenger girl who delivers the pizza, saving Hiro from the Mafia's wrath. The plot is wrapped around a religious organization/televangelist who is brainwashing the real world and the metaverse with a drug/computer virus called Snow Crash. This story is fantastic because it wraps around ancient Sumerian myths and biblical knowledge, in a future fantasy world. Y.T. saves the real world while Hiro saves the metavers but its not even apparent. I would reccomend this book to people who don't particularly like sci/fi too because I think you would still like it. I know my reviews aren't great and I wish I could capture this book better for you so I usually include a few sites if you are interested:

A complete literary over view of Snow Crash <---I reccomend this site highly.

Amazon.com Reviews
Others opinions? We'll see if my friends actually check out this community, as I know several have read it.

Dan Brown's The Davinci Code 4/5 Feb. 27th, 2004 @ 10:02 pm
kyanyte
Historical/Theological/Murder Mystery

Since everyone else is reading it, I would love to have a discussion about it.
I just finished Dan Brown's The Davinci Code. I highly reccomend reading it. I'm not saying it is a great book. Its impossible to rate. It is a fantastic work of fictional historical religion. Its completely fascinating. He researched everything to the utmost. He knows the Mary Magdalene/Jesus relationship. He knows the catholic church and the history of the Vatican. There was some great historical information on Da Vinci and his work, Newton, The Mason's. What it did was inspire me to get back into religious studies, which isn't difficult, the books are sitting on my shelf. I found myself calling my aunts, both nuns, to ask them about Mary Magdalene. The plot is a murder mystery that I'm not even going to summarize, it was predictable and read like a supermarket thriller. I don't think I could write a good novel so what I decided is that Dan Brown is very intelligent and would be fascinating to converse with but that writing is just not his thing. Its a fast read though and if you can get past the bad writing its a great book. How is that for paradoxal? I still couldnt put it down even though i cracked a couple of codes far before he decided to tell the secrets.
Here is another Review :
http://amywelborn.com/reviews/davinci.html
The Author's Webpage..i.e. self motivated review:
http://www.danbrown.com/
and Amazon.com's See inside this book:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385504209/ref=sib_dp_pt/104-0738700-6655930#reader-link

I also reccomend Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles personal reviews.
If you have read this book. I would really like to know your opinions.

Coming this weekend. A review of several of Neil Gaiman's Sci Fi/Fantasy books and Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.
Next week. A walk through Tracy Chevalier's historical fiction works.

Welcome Feb. 27th, 2004 @ 09:03 pm
kyanyte
Hi! My name is Sarah.
I'm an avid fiction reader, I really only read non fiction when it tells a story. I read anywhere from 2-5 novels a week. Leaning more towards the 5 since I graduated from college and entered the working world (and consequently am unemployed with my geology degree) . I started this community because none of the book review sites I found leaned entirely in the fiction only direction.

I like fiction because it lets me be somewhere else for awhile. I create images from it while I'm reading. I write my own fiction stories in my head to put myself to sleep at night. I read a large variety, drama, mystery, science fiction, historical. I will try to post as many books as I can but I don't always spend a large amount of time at my computer.

To put it lightly. The librarian at my local library told me that I have been reading too much lately.
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