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Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book) (original 1992; edition 2000)

by Neal Stephenson

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Title:Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra Book)
Authors:Neal Stephenson
Info:Spectra (2000), Paperback, 440 pages
Collections:Read in 2012, Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:American, computers, cyberpunk, cyberspace, dystopia, fantasy, fiction, future, hackers, humor, internet, linguistics, metaverse, Neal Stephenson, near future, science fiction, sf, speculative fiction, technology, virtual reality

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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (1992)

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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. ( )
  Joeyzaza82 | Aug 3, 2015 |
Mind blowing. Some how a genius, pizza-delivering, super samurai, along with a Harley-riding Inuit warrior with glass knives, works, and works well. Loved it.

Some one, please, make this into a movie. ( )
  chriszodrow | Aug 2, 2015 |
Estive quase a largar o livro ao fim de 5 páginas. Neste momento não consigo parar de ler. Terminei de ler Snow Crash e tenho dificuldade em descrevê-lo. Este escritor torna-se ao mesmo tempo viciante e desgastante: viciante pois constroí uma trama que prende pelo fascínio das personagens e da vontade de perceber como Snow Crash surge, mas desgastante pela construção e invenção de termos e gadgets num futuro que parece muito longínquo mas que mistura referências dos dias de hoje.
O livro aborda uma pseudo-droga chamado "Snow Crash" (estática numa TV partida) que está a atacar o mundo virtual Multiverse (uma espécie de Second Life muito mais elaborado) em particular os Hackers. As duas personagens principais Hiro Protaganist e Y.T. acabam por trabalhar juntos para tentar descobrir e parar a causa de algo que é muito mais visto e que pode ser relacionado aos primórdios linguísticos da humanidade, nomeadamente a Suméria. Gostei muito da ligação feita entre o nosso cérebro e hardware e a introdução de dados novos (0 e 1 como os hackers) via hacking ou software, em que somos totalmente manipuláveis e editáveis e o conceito de vírus em analogia com as religiões, que programa as pessoas a acreditarem e pensarem duma forma totalmente formatada. Este é um escritor que fascina pela forma como vê tecnologicamente o futuro sem se desligar totalmente do presente. ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
As with all Stephenson books, this novel proves imaginative and compelling. A well-established futuristic society nestled within the United States is a great setting for an Internet-era showdown among rivaling factions. There is plenty of action and intrigue that builds among the major characters, creating enjoyable narrative tension. Originally published in the 1990s, this novel still projects a possible future that may not be all that far away for us. ( )
  Meghanista | Jun 27, 2015 |
A classic of science fiction and cyber punk, this is the first Neal Stepenson I've read. It had some impressively prescient ideas for when it was published in the early 90s, but I'm not sure when this book was mean to be set. Someone reading this in 1995 would have found this even more fantastical than I did. The most interesting ideas were about virtual reality, the shrinking of the microchip and it's computing power exponentially increasing. I also liked dangerous concept of Library of Congress merging with intelligence arm of the government and turning into a warehouse of digital information. In New Zealand, our national library recently became a subsidiary of the Internal Affairs department, so this could happen to us eventually! The huge social and societal changes were less understandable, but maybe because I'm not an American this was harder to undersand. I didn't really understand any of the characters, and this seemed more like a bunch of cool ideas than one coherent novel. One of the least palatable aspects is the 15 year old character's explicit and detailed sex scene. I may eventually read some other Stephenson but if this was a good place to start I have my doubts. ( )
  wifilibrarian | Jun 20, 2015 |
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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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