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Book meme.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"Hiro's father, who was stationed in Japan for many years, was obsessed with cameras."
--Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

The meme doesn't call for it, but I'd like to add a bit of context...

"The top surface of the computer is smooth except for a fisheye lens.... Whenever Hiro is using the machine, this lens emerges and clicks into place.... Hiro finds it erotic. This is partly because he hasn't been properly laid in several weeks. But there's more to it. Hiro's father, who was stationed in Japan for many years, was obsessed with cameras. He kept bringing them back from his stints in the Far East, encased in many protective layers, so when he took them out to show Hiro, it was like watching an exquisite striptease as they emerged from all that black leather and nylon, zippers and straps. And once the lens was finally exposed, pure geometric equation made real, so powerful and vulneurable at once, Hiro could only think it was like nuzzling through skirts and lingerie and outer labia and inner labia. . . . It made him feel naked and weak and brave."


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Apr. 8th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)
That is all.
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
SUCH a good book!
Apr. 8th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
The more I hear about this book, the more I'm afraid I might actually read it.

On a side note, I won't be doing this meme because the closest book within arms reach is my Old English reader.
Apr. 8th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
Yes. Read it. Cyberpunk at its finest.

And what's wrong with posting a little Old English?
Apr. 8th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Nothing at all, but the fifth sentence on page 23 is from the character pronounciation guide.
Apr. 8th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)

It takes a lot of practice to make your avatar move through the Metaverse like a real person. When your avatar has just lost its legs, all that skill goes out the window...

Then he
[Hiro] leans down so he's looking right into the businessman's face. "Didn't anyone tell you," he says, losing the dialect, "that I was a hacker?"

Then he hacks the guy's head off. It falls to the floor, does a half-roll, and comes to a rest staring straight up at the ceiling. So Hiro steps back a couple of paces and mumbles, "Safe."

A largish safe, about a meter on a side, materializes just below the ceiling, plummets, and lands directly on the businessman's head...

At this moment, a Nipponese businessman somewhere, in a nice hotel in London or an office in Tokyo or even in the first class lounge of the LATH, the Los Angeles/Tokyo Hypersonic, is sitting in front of his computer, red-faced and sweating, looking at The Black Sun Hall of Fame. He has been cut off with The Black Sun itself, disconnected from the Metaverse, and is just seeing a two-dimensional display.... the screen helpfully informs him that he is currently ranked number 863 out of 890 people who have ever participated in a sword fight at The Black Sun.

Number One, the name and the photograph on the top of the list, belongs to Hiroaki Protagonist.

-Snow Crash
Apr. 8th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
Not going to post this in my journal because, scarily enough, the nearest book to me is Snow Crash.
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