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Snow crash by Neal Stephenson

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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Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson, is a rollicking science fiction story set in the near future. It is definitely a classic in its genre and wears well 15 years after its original publication.
The story revolves around Hiro Protagonist, a pizza delivering/intelligence gathering/computer hacking young man who gets caught up in stopping a planned mass virus-infecting of tens of thousands of other computer hackers’ brains. The story is a little more complicated than that, but well worth the ride.
Stephenson writes this story in the third person, so we don’t really get to know the characters beyond a superficial layer. In this case its ok, because the story is really about the exciting action, of which there is plenty! At some points, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened next!
The future as seen by Stephenson is very interesting, with everything becoming commercialized. Even the jails are part of businesses. Each community is its own government. The depiction of life in the “metaverse”, the computer-generated world that Hiro visits, is simple compared to what’s available online now, but still fun.
The only minor fault I found was that I became bored with the too-long discussion of ancient religious texts. Other than that, Snow Crash is a great story for any science fiction reader over the age of 13.
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  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
A fun read, though a little too over the top at times. A bit like an action flick: some fighting, some sex, and a ludicrous save-the-world plot to tie it all together.

Although the book tries to go intellectual at parts with some pseudo-history, technology, philosophy, linguistics, math, and science tossed around, most of it amounts to little more than a bunch of babel (har har). The best parts are those focusing on the characters wacky personalities and actions, with occasional bonus points for a fun futuristic setting.

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  brikis98 | Nov 11, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this story, it reminded me a lot of Neuromancer, and the bridge series by William Gibson - lots of action, sort of an ironic pulp style to the narrative background.

This book is the most far out and action packed out of the three I have read by the author

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  autopoietic | Oct 28, 2015 |
I loved the premise of this book but I am not religious. I'm not educated in religion even a little bit so names only mean so much to me. Consequently, when it came time to follow Hiro as he discussed the possible religious background/implications of Snow Crash, I became lost. I tried very hard to follow what was being explained and to recall names, I read and reread and re-reread, but I couldn't get it. This was made worse by the format Stephenson chose to relay this information to us. For a number of chapters, we switch between Hiro merely talking and another character's locale. The chapters where we are focusing on Hiro's discussion began to agitate me and I felt I was just being dumped on continuously (and tactlessly).

I also found myself growing less fond of Y.T. as a character so her chapters also became something of a hassle to muddle through. Because I couldn't understand the developing plot well enough, I reluctantly stopped reading. ( )
  krbauman | Oct 23, 2015 |
Awful to read. The author starts off telling the narrative in some pseudo slang that is like nails on a black board. Fortunately a few chapters in he gets too lazy to keep it up and ditches it entirely. The story is bland, slow, uninteresting, and just all around not worth reading.
Also, could have done without the kiddie porn sex scene. ( )
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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.
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A cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.
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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.
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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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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