A really cool mix of cyberpunk, Sumerian and a "post-apocalypse" society. The apocalypse is simply the breakdown of America into Burbclaves, franchulates and mini-countries. The terminology and the lines of breakdown are both understandable and not unexpected. The main character is a hacker carrying samurai swords in both Reality and the Metaverse. Add in Enki, Innana, a Kourier, an Aleut and a power hungry preacher and you have the makings of a classic. Like so many science fiction writers, what Stephenson describes is not only plausible, but some of it has happened since the book was published. Read it and see if you can make the matches.