Considered "post-cyberpunk", Snow Crash exists in a world that won't be unfamiliar to fans of Gibson and Philip K. Dick, with a generous splash of Jennifer Government thrown in for good measure, though it has much more of a twisting, conspiracy-laden narrative that--as much as I hate to say it--reminded me of the Da Vinci code. Well written, well read, and it's sending me straight back to Neal Stephenson for my next audiobook.
If you like this, I also recommend Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Yes - I liked the pacing and characters
The story is interesting because of its futuristic setting and the way it moves in and out of reality and the game (metaverse).
Before I bought this book I read a review that said that people will either love or hate this book. Not quite true for me, but I can see how some would find it confusing or not be able to relate to the on-line life.
This falls in with Reamde and Ready Player One - those are superior books, but I enjoyed this one.
I might lister to this again. There were lots of details in this book and I'm sure I missed some.
The way the author completely reimagined the United States was very creative.
A tough call, but I'd say it was just as good.
Reminds me a lot of William Gibson, but Gibson's voice is very, very dark, whereas Stephenson injects a lot of humor in his descriptions and dialogue.
Delivering the pizza and getting lost. Very funny.
One of the signs of his talent is how he weaves a plot out of Assyrian and Babylonian languages, throws some biblical references in, and it is impossible to determine what is factual and what is shear fantasy. You know there is a kernel of truth in there somewhere, but it is all so seamless, who can determine where his imagination kicks in? Really thought provoking.
I liked that his dystopian future was less dire and dark than others. It almost seemed fun until you really thought about it. The quick ending was not my favorite.
Jonathan Davis did a nice job.
A fun book for scifi people or fans of The Matrix.
When I first started this book, I was bored, and not really interested in the ideas as presented. I'm glad I stuck with it, however, because the depth of this book turned out to be amazing. Excellent read.
Stephenson's writing is pedantic at best, and otherwise a complete waste of time. Stephenson will spend pages writing out description that you will forget instantly and don't care about, and then give you one line of plot at the end of it. If I was reading this in paper-form, I think I would probably have to skip a vast majority of the text just to find the plot. Stephenson tries his best to completely define his universe, like a Tolkien, Martin, or Lucas, but instead spends most of the book wasting your time.
Almost equally as frustrating are the characters, who do things seemingly simply to be obnoxious. Things like this:
A: "Don't talk to that man! He's dangerous!"
B: "What? Why?"
A: "Just don't do it!"
... and A disappears into the shadows - happens all of the time. Characters are coy and mysterious simply for the purpose of being coy and mysterious.
I chose to listen to this book because I had heard from so many people about how visionary it is, and how much is foresaw regarding technology, the Internet, etc.
Is it visionary? Yes, definitely. Is it worth reading? Definitely not.
If you want a novel in a similar fashion, that is just as visionary, and a much better read, check out 'Neuromancer' by William Gibson. 'Neuromancer' was released in 1984, and predicts much of what Stephenson does in this novel, which was released in 1992.
I was extremely excited to listen to this book, and was sorely disappointed.
If you read this review, and decide to buy the book anyway, then wait until you listen to the first 5 chapters and come back and rate this review. If you don't want to reach through your headphones and skip every 2-page description about something you don't care about, then by all means, vote this review down.
This book is great as a starter for Stephenson in my opinion. It has everything I come to expect from his books from having read some of the others, but it's a little bit less thick with arcane knowledge and obscure references. Personally I had a blast reading it and seeing where it seemed dated in places, but spot on in others. A great read if you liked Metatropolis. The ending was a little abrupt for me, but that tends to be a bit of a continuing theme in Stephenson books and so I only took away the one star in my review for that.
I didn't "spend" time listening to this book, as always I am a captive of traffic. It was an okay listen.
I listened to this because I really enjoyed Diamond Age by the same author. The Story was good but the lessons from the “librarian” were too long and repetitive. Worse, the premise is flawed, hackers do not read binary in the manner the story indicates… I wrote my first program back in 1969 and still code today. I used to write in mainframe assembler (assembly) and I was an ace at debugging memory dumps. These are not spewed out in binary, they are in hexadecimal. Unlike decimal which is based on 10, hex is based on 16 with “numbers” ranging from 0 to F with F having a value of 15. A hex value of “10” is sixteen a hex value of “1F” is 31, hex “20” is 32. See, just like decimal but you carry 1 to the left on 16 instead of 10 and this is how machine code is presented. Yes, we also know the binary representation e.g that same “1F” (31) above would be 0001 1111 in binary but I have NEVER seen any type of computer present code or data in that manner, only on TV. Clearly it would be counterproductive to present binary when hex serves the purpose.
Anyway, enough of the tech lesson, I hope somebody finds it a little interesting. Getting back to the book, the characters were interesting and the story would have been great if it had moved along a little quicker… get rid of the librarian!
USC grad, Audiobook lover of all kinds. Favorite narrator is Ralph Cosham.
Yes, It's a great novel with a wonderfully imaginative story. The technology feels a bit old 19 years later, but it's still a great deal of fun with entertaining full-bodied characters.
Y.T. I would have said the concept of the metaverse, but frankly Stephenson's characters have aged better; Y.T., Raven, and Uncle Enzo among others are particular standouts.
No, I haven't.
No. A) it's a bit long for that. B) the chapter headings are incredibly annoying. (My review title is a rough transcript of one). They make sense once you read the whole book, but they're unnecessary and get in the way of the story.
The chapters in Audible don't match up with the actual chapters, which is annoying (they have multiple chapters in one