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Snow crash (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Neal Stephenson

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Member:timspalding
Title:Snow crash
Authors:Neal Stephenson
Info:New York: Bantam Books, 1992.
Collections:Your library
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Tags:science fiction, meh

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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

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I would give this 5+ stars for the creative vision of a future world with filled with interesting devices and modes of transportation (I definitely want one of those skate boards!), along with a virtual reality Metaverse where people can hang out with friends. Especially since this book was published in 1992, it definitely deserves its place among Sci-fi cult classics. And I really liked the whole premise behind language acquisition, viruses and religion, but somehow the ideas were fascinating, but the story and characters were not as strong as the ideas, so reading the book was an interesting experience as opposed to completely mind blowing. But still worth the read just for some the mind-blowing ideas. ( )
  jmoncton | Sep 10, 2016 |
Linguistics, computer programming, and religion come together in this book to create a complex sci-fi novel. Set in a parallel present in which companies have taken over and virtual reality competes with the real world, a 'virus' is unleashed on the world through the Metaverse and in reality. The virus is linked to ancient history and religion, and the characters must figure out how it works in order to save the world from being taken over by it. It is a dense book, packed with descriptions of the crazy world in which the characters live, action, and the history that the virus is based on, yet it still moves quickly and is overall very fun to read.
  GretchenLynn | Aug 10, 2016 |
This is a weird book. I will talk about it later. My brain is still full of weird. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
Did not live up to the hype for me. Probably because I read it too late, many of the ideas he describes in the book are reality now and the slight gaps between his ideas and what we see around us today makes the book look a bit dated. This probably would have blown my mind if I had read it when I was a teenager. ( )
  manishch | Aug 2, 2016 |
I didn't realize when I started it that it was written so long ago: near the beginning of the cyberpunk era. A lot of it seems dated or obvious now but must have been dazzling when it was new. Has some good ideas, but works them over way too much: the franchising of social functions from crime to government, the mystery of language and Sumerian mythology. Interesting things kept happening, both in the real world and the virtual world, so I kept reading. But to me science fiction is a genre of ideas and these were not compelling. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jul 17, 2016 |
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Hiro Protagonist (who has chosen his own name, of course) turns out to be entertaining company, and Mr. Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow that is as farcical as it is horrific.
 
Stephenson has not stepped, he has vaulted onto the literary stage with this novel.
added by GYKM | editLos Angeles Reader
 
A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.
added by GYKM | editSan Francisco Bay Guardian
 

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Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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snow n. . . . 2.a. Anything resembling snow. b. The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.

crash v....--intr. . . . 5. To fail suddenly, as a business or an economy.
---The American Heritage Dictionary

virus. . . . [L. virus slimy liquid, poison, offensive odor or taste.] 1. Venom, such as is emitted by a poisonous animal. 2. Path a. A morbid principle or poisonous substance produced in the body as the result of some disease, esp. one capable of being introduced into other persons or animals by inoculations or otherwise and of developing the same disease in them. . . . 3. fig. A moral or intellectual poison, or poisonous influence.
--The Oxford English Dictionary
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The Deliverator belongs to an elite order, a hallowed subcategory. He's got esprit up to here.
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HIRO PROTAGONIST
Last of the freelance hackers
Greatest sword fighter in the world
Stringer, Central Intelligence Corporation
Specializing in software-related intel
(music, movies & microcode)
When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins.
"Did you win your sword fight?"
"Of course I won the fucking sword fight," Hiro says. "I'm the greatest sword fighter in the world."
"And you wrote the software."
"Yeah. That, too," Hiro says.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553380958, Paperback)

From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city-states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman, and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible.

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In the future the only relief from the sea of logos is the computer-generated universe of virtual reality? But now a strange computer virus, called Snow Crash, is striking down hackers, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last hope.

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