Snow Crash

by Neal Stephenson | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0553380958 Global Overview for this book
Registered by MartiP on 1/7/2005
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by MartiP on Friday, January 07, 2005
A weird dystopian tale involving the future, evil fundamentalists, Sumerian myth, computer hackers, skateboarders, and a semi-benevolent Mafia. (Which is a franchise in the future, and owns Cosa Nostra Pizza)

I loved it!!! :-)

Journal Entry 2 by jenjen08 from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Sunday, January 23, 2005
I found the book in a Starbucks in the Westin (where we were staying) and I took it back to school with me and I plan to leave it somewhere around campus.


Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Friday, May 27, 2005
I found the book sitting on the information desk in Washington U's student union (Mallinckrodt Center). I was very happy to find it because I always read with lunch and I had forgotten my book today (and there's no Student Life or Post-Dispatch around anymore since it's summer!). I'm not sure where I'll leave it yet, 'cause it's bizarre but interesting, so I want to finish it.


Journal Entry 4 by Serinlea on Friday, June 03, 2005
Just wanted to say that the Anonymous Finder above is me. After hearing about BookCrossing and having been to the site once or twice, it was actually finding that first "wild" book that finally got me to join. Now I'm hooked! I've gone through my bookcases and have a stack of books waiting for me to release them...which I will once my labels arrive! :) (Though I've hand-labeled a few already and set them out; I'm impatient.)

I'm about halfway done with the book. I'll review it when I've sent it on its way again.

Released 13 yrs ago (6/14/2005 UTC) at Driving around dropping books off as I go in St. Louis, Missouri USA


Release notes: Change of plans - I ended up releasing it back in Mallinckrodt after all.

Good book. Weird but thought-provoking. The end was a little "meh," but otherwise it was great!

Journal Entry 6 by limeonaire from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Thursday, June 16, 2005
Found Snow Crash on a Student Life newsstand in Mallinckrodt at Wash. U. I'm in the habit of checking those stands regularly, since I'm the editor of the paper...

Finding the book sent chills down my spine, 'cause I happen to be reading Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon right now - and it was two years ago this week that a girl in my summer Calc. II class here at the University recommended that I read Snow Crash. So finding this book seems serendipitous in the utmost.

I'll read it as soon as I finish Cryptonomicon.

Interestingly, this book has been farther east than I've ever been in my life. A lot of books I own probably have, for that matter - but I know exactly where this one's been, which is really cool.

Journal Entry 7 by limeonaire from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Tuesday, June 28, 2005
I started actually reading the book last week. Brought it with me this past weekend to a reunion of the Missouri Scholars Academy on Mizzou's campus in Columbia, Missouri, and spent a lot of time reading it there. (The reunion itself was a bit of a bust, but the book was good!)

I'm really enjoying the book so far.

I'm probably going to pass it along to my mom or my friend Kim after I finish reading it; they've each requested a chance to read it.

Journal Entry 8 by limeonaire from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
So I finished the book a day or so ago, after toting it around for a couple weeks. I took it with me to a ball game at Busch Stadium (probably the only time it'll ever be there, since the stadium is set to be demolished at the end of this baseball season) and didn't actually read it. (It turned out to be a good game.) It stayed in my purse later that day when I went to Fair St. Louis, though I again didn't read it there. Then I took it with me to the July 9th DCI show in Columbia, MO and did read it - on the drive there, at least.

An interesting fact - it turns out that Serinlea, the book's previous holder, was actually in my freelance writing class here at the University. I actually read the book in front of her on several occasions before class without realizing this, which I find rather amusing. Further, it turns out that Serinlea went to the Missouri Scholars Academy as well, two years before I did. So yeah, the serindipitous coincidences surrounding my finding this book when I did and where I did are pretty awesome.

In any case, it's a fantastic book - it's up there with my favorites. One interesting tidbit - the Earth imaging program mentioned throughout the book is just like Google Earth! I'm fascinated by that parallel. It seems to me that part of what makes Neal Stephenson's fiction so wonderful is that he mixes prediction, fiction, and existent technology to make a wholly plausible whole.

In any case, I've now passed the book along to my friend Kim, who will hopefully register it here in due time. She's also from St. Louis, but she goes to school in South Dakota these days - so the book should be on its way up north before too long.

Alas, I'm a bit sad to say farewell to it - I liked holding the book, feeling its solidity, and thinking about its significance as an object that's been part of several people's lives via an informal exchange system. (Rather than, say, the more formalized exchange system perpetuated via public and university libraries.)

Journal Entry 9 by Kimothy from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Monday, July 18, 2005
I got this book from limeonaire, complete with enthusiastic recommendations. I plan on reading it, and then taking it on a journey with me in August to South Dakota, and passing it on to friends there, encouraging them to take it to all corners accessible.

Journal Entry 10 by Kimothy from St. Louis, Missouri USA on Sunday, February 12, 2006
I finished the book a few months ago. It was a pretty good read. It got kinda boggy in some parts but by the end I couldn't put it down. I passed it along to my friend Emily who is taking it with her from Sodak to Seoul, Korea next week. How's that for frequent flyer miles?

Journal Entry 11 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Monday, June 19, 2006
Read the book in Seoul and leaving it here.


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