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Snow crash (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Neal Stephenson

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Title:Snow crash
Authors:Neal Stephenson
Info:New York: Bantam Books, 1992.
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Tags:science fiction, meh

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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

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    pammab: To explore the possibilities of virtual reality in the near future. Duane's is much more traditional and pro-corporate fantasy; Stephenson's is more humor-based anti-corporate cyberpunk.
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Cyberpunk, dated but still interesting. My main complaint was way too much exposition especially in the second half.

But NS can certainly create an intriguing world and likes a lot of action. ( )
  majkia | Jun 21, 2017 |
A re-read of a pre-Goodreads favorite of mine from the cybergeek front, this one might have been even more enjoyable the second time around. A terrific lead named Hiro Protagonist, his sidekick YT (for Yours Truly or Young Thing, depending on whom you ask) and a brilliant mix of Reality and Metaverse makes this one a standard for the genre. I suspect that I will be reading or re-reading Neal Stephenson's works for the rest of my life. And now that Google Earth is with us, I'll never again track down a location without thinking of this terrific book. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
Fortunately, very little of this dystopian sic-fi has come to pass. It is mildly entertaining in its gross humor and nihilistic approach, but I couldn't get through it. Too much ideating and not enough human interaction for my tastes. ( )
  SusanKrzywicki | Feb 16, 2017 |
Not being a fan of cyberpunk, I was not expecting to enjoy this, at all.

I enjoyed it, a lot. I think the religious stuff was a tad overdone, but other than that, really enjoyed the idea and the kick butt action. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Starts off really strong due to Stephenson's awesome world-building, but gets dragged down in the second half by the boring Babylonian backstory and the silly action heroics of the ending. ( )
  Audacity88 | Oct 31, 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
Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Podevin, Jean-FrançoisCover artistsecondary 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:09 -0400)

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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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