Along for the Read is a podcast where friends discuss, chapter by chapter, a book they’re all reading together. Join us for your weekly fill of bad puns and misguided theories.
Since we’re nerds, we’re likely to find classic and contemporary sci-fi and/or fantasy, but we would be open to other genres as well. Our overall goal is to have an excuse to regularly hang out. We’d love for you all to join the conversation in our forums on alongfortheread.com.
S1E1 - Get the door, it's Hiro!
Chapter 1 introduces us to the main character, Hiro, and his struggles in the world of pizza delivery. We get a bit of a glimpse into the world of the universe in which pizza delivery is a very important, and revered gig.
S1E2 - He's going to die and she's gamboling
After Hiro receives a pizza with very little time left in which to get it delivered, he's got to prove his mad skillz piloting The Deliverator...
However, along the way he's 'pooned by a Kourier, and trouble ensues.
S1E3 - Nerd pie? What's a nerd pie???
We review chapters 3 & 4.
Two out of three of us agree, these chapters are great!
We get to learn about Hiro's past, and what got him here, and where he goes to escape where he is... spoiler: it's the Metaverse!
S1E4 - Just say NO!
The crew reviews chapters 5 & 6.
Hiro is offered the titular drug Snow Crash by a mysterious "black and white", which he dismisses as a sillly idea.
Meanwhile, Y.T. is caught in a sticky situation by the cops, and thrown in the clink for leaving the scene of a crime.
Phrase of the week:
“There are enough Clints and Brandys to found a new ethnic group”
S1E5 - Gossip Ex Machina
Snow Crash chapters 7 & 8 are discussed.
We learn a good bit about Hiro while in hiss head as he scopes the scene at The Black Sun. He's trying to find information to upload to the CIC. Yet he's quickly distracted by his "one that got away", Juanita.
Hiro attempts avoiding Juanita, which fails horribly. Meanwhile the present is far too pressing a matter to Juanita. She amplifies the intrigue about this new drug (?) Snow Crash, and posits that Da5id has expressed an interest in it.
Retinue - This one's real. Look it up! "Bitheads" - Seems it's the hacker version of a shit-head "Willbes" - A more optimistic interpretation of “wannabes” Phrases: (spoilers!)
“gossip ex machina” (Description of how Hiro steals data “right out of the guts of the system” because “his is a hacker.”) “How slow can a mammal be and still have respiratory functions?” (Juanita’s though when Hiro surmised that Juanita’s grandmother was Juanita’s role model because she might’ve been a programmer.) “To condense fact from the vapor of nuance” (Juanita describing the phenomenon of her grandmother knowing she was pregnant with only her facial expressions as context clues.) “Hiro didn’t know whether he was rich or poor, educated or ignorant, talented or lucky.”
S1E6 - Dentata Pacman, Bartholomew
Snow Crash chapters 9 & 10 are discussed.
We're there as Hiro watches Da5id try the drug Snow Crash, and Hiro helps Y.T. regain her freedom.
Bolus - A small rounded mass of a substance, especially of chewed food at the moment of swallowing. OR - A type of large pill used in veterinary medicine. Desultory - Lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm. Tocsin - An alarm bell or signal. "Liquid Knuckles" - Mace / pepper spray, it seems... "Bundy stunners" - Context says it's this universe's Taser. “Franchulates” - Another Snow Crash-ism describing the self-governed "burbclaves". Phrases:
“Any more of them and they’ll be able to form a government” -- in reference to the number of jeeks as the border of Mr Lee’s Greater Hong Kong https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=15448931