This was a fun read (or rather, a fun listen.) The writing style is refreshing, the dialogue is great and the characters are interesting. There are plenty of funny moments in the book and except for a single, somewhat slow scene, the story is well-paced and exciting. Also, if you're an avid online-video game player (or MMORPG player, to those in the know,) you'll appreciate Snow Crash's Metaverse, which is very simmilar to an existing online game called Second Life which shares the same basic building and land ownership features, as well as complete avatar customization. There wasn't a lot in the way of character development or relationships but overall, Snow crash was an entertaining book worth the purchase.
I just could not get this book. It was very confusing and I drifted away through most of it. I love long books, but this one just was not good.
I agree with others: the story is odd, but great. Sometimes difficult to distinguish between the real and computer world in the story, but it adds to the enjoyment of the story.
Overall, the book was very good. I had some problems with a hero who can consistantly beat impossible odds. The book kept me riveted the whole time. It was very well read. The ending was unsatisfactory and I wanted some ends tied up. Overall 4 of 5.
Honestly, I listened to the first couple of hours and could not take any more. This is the first time that has ever happened to me so... I have listened to some poorly written stories in my day, but this has taken it to a new level.
I am supposed to entertain the idea that in the future pizza delivery is a life threatening job that if you don't get it there in thirty minutes or less you could be executed, honestly? So the first two hours talks about some kid driving like a maniac to get a pizza somewhere on time. I found it very difficult to get wrapped up in that story line, not to mention the flow was annoying. There was nothing to make you care, or even relate to the main characters.
Even in a fantasy world it just seems ridiculous. It is juvenile to the extreme. If your a sixteen year old pizza delivery kid, you might like this one. If you like modern art (especially the blank white canvas), you might think Neal Stephenson is " a writer who defies comparison - a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world". Me, I would like my credit and two hours of my life back.
Donot add this book to your cart. Its unbearably slow, not sure wether its a satire or a techno thriller. waste of an unbearable 3 hrs of my life
Nothing, Didn't like the book. Too many story lines to keep up with. The narrator had poor range of voices. Would not read any of Stephenson's books again. Wish I had not read this one.
How can a book be weird and boring at the same time? There's some crazy stuff in this book, and I kept hoping that it would all fall together in an entertaining way, but it stopped well short of riveting. It's really too bad, because there's a lot of potential there. I mean, c'mon - the main character's name is Hiro Protagonist - how cool is that??
ONE WARNING: One of the main characters is a sexually active 15 year old girl, which even I found disturbing. I'm generally pretty hard to rattle.
There are so many threads to this story that it was hard to follow the tapestry. Although all of the Sumerian myth stuff ends up being the point of everything (I think...), the tale would have been more entertaining without it.
This is one of the worst books I have ever listened to. The most useless and biggest waiste of time is the authors attempt to tie his vision of technology in with religion. The HUGE amount of time waisted in explaining things about Biblical history is a sorry attempt at trying to create a very ridiculous type of technophilosophy. Don't waiste your time or money.