I was given Cryptonomicon years ago by my court-historian roommate. He's the worst kind of state worshiper but nice in every other way, so the book went into a pile I have. A year or so later someone gave me Snow Crash, and it blew my mind. I really enjoyed the franchise nation deal. Later the same guy who gave me Snow Crash gave me Cryptonomicon. Only then did I realize I already owned it!
Just the other day while I was about halfway through Cryptonomicon,I followed up with my (now former) roommate and asked him about Stepenson. Apparently he's his favorite author. I don't get how someone can be so mega-pro state and say "Snow Crash is my favorite book". But then again, a lot of people seem to like the Hunger Games while missing all the messages.
Never read Hunger Games should I? Big fan of Stephenson.