rating: 3 of 5 stars
Great characters, awesome concept. Lots of fun and interesting stuff.
Unfortunately, it’s all held together by a philosophical premise (language as a virus that can re-write the software of the human brain) that I can’t bring myself to accept, at least not as Stephenson paints it. Therefore, the whole plot ends up feeling like really cool characters having some really cool moments within a cool milieu, but ultimately, for no good purpose.