I really wanted to like this book. it was at the top of a list of books that Ernest Cline recommended. the writing style just never connected with me.
I love reading and I'm always looking for authors I don't know yet who have written hundreds of books. ;)
Then again, I don't read science fiction for comfort. ;)
I have read this book several times and have gotten different things out of it each time. There are so many things I love about it - the two main characters are so well drawn and so appealing that I can't help wanting to know what they'll do next and what is in store for them. The story has so many arcs which could stand alone but, joined together, make the book epic. Unlike most epics, though, there is more truth than fantasy on offer - the kind of truth one sees looking in a mirror.
This time around, I kept being blown away by how close to reality some of Stephenson's predictions have proved to be. Amazing.
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I've never left a bad review. Mainly because I seek out quality. I bought this book because it made the "best of" list for many reputable sources and I don't know why. Had it not gotten such I praise I would have bailed halfway through.
If you're a fan of the classics like Azimov and Heinlein or contemporary writers like Peter F Hamilton and Dan Simmons, don't waste your time, the story is ridiculous and laughable.
The narrator did a good job however the production was terrible. Obvious edits and silly segues between chapters with Buck Rodgers phaser sounds and monk chants. I get it. It's meant to reflect the whole speaking tongues thing but comes off as hack bush league.
One last thing, a sex scene between a grown man and a fifteen year old girl is shocking and disgusting.
Save your money and forget this mess.
I really had to suffer to get through the whole book. I found myself board and disinterested. The talking in 3rd person was really annoying. Not sure where all the great review came from. Just confused.
Everything you want to know about yourself, the world, and how we are constantly neurolinguistic ally selling ourselves to ourselves and the world.
Brilliant and engaging!
This was a good story. There were a few things lacking in the action. unique ideas presented by the author more than made up for them. Know that I'm a very tough critic this book will be enjoyed by most with an interest in technology, sci-fi or even fantasy.
I had been meaning to read "Snow Crash" along with the (much) earlier Cyberpunk progenitor "Neuromancer". While I cannot say I found either to be flawlessly engrossing, I must recommend beginning a foray into the Cyberpunk/Post Cyberpunk field with "Neuromancer".
Certain of the central metaphysical presuppositions upon which "Snow Crash" is founded were simply too far outside of my own philosophical world view for me to not feel distracted during some of the lengthy expositional soliloquies towards the climax.
That being said, the action was intense and well depicted, so the novel fluctuates' heavily between pronounced intellectualism and hyper-adrenal intensity. A more fluid blending of the two would have made for a stronger narrative, but ultimately I have no regrets in absorbing the story to hand.
After listening in on SevenEves, was excited to explore this author's early works. The reviews were all about Snow Crash and its uber-excitement, when in fact it really was random, slow and sorry Neal, bad. Can't undo bad. First Audible title I just didn't care what happened and didn't finish. So pizza delivery speeds are our future dystopia? Yes see the irony and the commentary, but it's just dumb. Oh and by the way, don't need 70's analog synthesizer white noise effects for transitions - I kind of get when chapters begin when the narrator says: "Chapter 14."